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Downloadable resources for music teachers

Teaching materials are an integral part of a music teacher's practice. Every month Music Teacher publishes downloadable materials for KS3, 4 and 5, offering complete units of work, GCSE and A Level set-work guidance, and practical ideas across all levels for both classroom and peripatetic teachers. All materials are written by experienced teachers and examiners and provide indispensable content for your teaching.

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Maintaining classroom instruments

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: Jane Werry

Music departments tend to be full of ‘stuff’ – chances are, the more music there is happening in the school, the more equipment there is. Looking after all of this equipment is likely to fall to...

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Approaches to classical music

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Jane Werry

My students might be resistant to classical music. How can I get them on side?I want to keep things practical, and don't want to turn my lessons into a music history lecture or old-fashioned music...

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Revising for AS and A level music exams

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: Simon Rushby

This is the third of three resources designed to help students revise effectively and positively for this summer's written music exams. The first (Music Teacher, March 2019) was a general resource,...

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Revising for GCSE music exams

Secondary education KS 4 Archive

Author: Simon Rushby

This resource is intended to provide activities and ideas for students that will help them to revise effectively for the summer GCSE music exam, and it follows a resource on general strategies for...

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The story of the symphony, part 3: from Mahler to the moderns

Secondary education KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

In part two to this three-part resource (Music Teacher, March 2019, with part one February 2019), we saw how Romantic composers of all creative persuasions, whether nationalist or individualist, took...

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The story of the symphony, part 2: Beethoven and his legacy

Secondary education KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

In the second of this three-part resource (for part one, see Music Teacher, February 2019), we will be joining the story of the symphony at its heyday in the 19th century, where the form expanded and...

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Making revision effective and manageable

Secondary education KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: Simon Rushby

Revision can be a word with largely negative connotations. For teachers, it can mean producing ‘packs’ and summary resources, going back over old ground with students, and finding innovative ways to...

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Salsa

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Jane Werry

This resource starts with a percussion groove and a group performance of ‘Toca bonito’, and from there moves into the creation of salsa-style cover versions, which could be performed live or using...

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Edexcel AoS6 New directions: John Cage

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: James Manwaring

What is music? What is composition? What is a ‘new direction’ in music? Who is John Cage? These are the topics I'll cover in this resource on John Cage's Three Dances for two prepared pianos, one of...

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Introduction: why teach variations at ks3?

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Jane Werry

The short answer is that it gives a lot of bang for your buck: you can explore many musical concepts through a unit on variations in a relatively short space of time. These include meaty compositional...

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