Online Teaching Materials

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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World Tour: traditional music from the British Isles

KS 3 Secondary education

Author: Simon Rushby

After a two-year virtual tour right around the world, taking in the Caribbean (January 2020), South America (September 2020), China (December 2020), the Middle East (March 2021), West Africa (August...

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Homework in the cloud using Noteflight

KS 3 KS 4 Secondary education

Author: James Manwaring

This resource will looks at ways of using Noteflight to set meaningful and creative homework for your students.

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Cambridge IGCSE: Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 (Military)

KS 4 Secondary education

Author: Hanh Doan

In the IGCSE Listening paper, the Western classical set work is found in section D and is worth 16 marks (out of a total of 70 marks for the whole paper). In 2022, students will have the opportunity...

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What age to begin instrumental lessons

VMT Extra-curricular music

Author: Edward Maxwell

What factors do we need to consider when starting instrumental lessons? Is there a benefit to starting as early as possible, or can it be counterproductive? Rather than benefiting from an early start,...

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Edexcel AoS1: an active learning approach to Bach

KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

Edexcel GCSE music requires students to study eight set works, the first of which is the third movement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. This resource will look at some different strategies for...

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Eduqas AoS 1: ‘Badinerie’ from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2

KS 4

Author: Hanh Doan

Under Eduqas’s GCSE Area of Study 1 (Musical Forms and Devices), students must study the ‘Badinerie’ from Bach’s Second Orchestral Suite in depth. As well as giving students many tools for performance...

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World Tour: Folk music from Europe

KS 3

Author: Simon Rushby

Here, we’ll look at two of the many folk music traditions found across Europe, from its Eastern to its Western reaches. Though this means missing out on a huge range of fantastic traditional music...

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Teaching autistic students

VMT Extra-curricular music

Author: Richard Barnard

This resource will cover aspects of teaching autistic students as a visiting music teacher or workshop leader. Autism is a wide spectrum and autistic people can, of course, be vastly different from...

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Christmas 2021: ideas for in-person and hybrid teaching

KS 3

Author: Jane Werry

This resource uses Wham!’s Christmas classic ‘Last Christmas’ as the starting point for a range of creative and listening activities that will work for in-person and online teaching. It would be...

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OCR AoS 2 Barbra Streisand: Four songs from Color Me Barbra

KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

These four songs from Barbra Streisand’s 1966 album Color Me Barbra are the prescribed music for OCR’s Area of Study 2: Popular song. They need to be studied in the context of other examples of music...

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