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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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OCR A level AoS5: Programme music

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

Teaching programme music should be the fun bit. It's where music is at its most descriptive and vivid, with an obvious narrative that offers an ideal launch point into the exploration of so many core...

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Creativity at Key Stage 3

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Anna Gower

With graded instrumental repertoire widely available, and three out of four GCSE exam boards linking standards to an equivalent grade, there can be a bias towards performing at KS3 as the means to...

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OCR AoS1: Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

The aim of this resource is to cover both the usual areas required for examination, as well as offering some more context that might provoke wider exploration beyond the prescribed work and enhance...

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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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Blues

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Jane Werry

Teaching blues at KS3 has become something of an old chestnut. However, there is a lot of value to be had from including it in your KS3 plans.

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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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