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Every month Music Teacher publishes materials for KS3, 4 and 5, offering complete units of work, GCSE and A level set-work info and activities, 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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Ableton

KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: James Manwaring

This resource introduces the basic functions of Ableton, enough so that you’ll be able to make music with your class. We’ll introduce the software and provide classroom projects that can be used in...

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Getting the most from Focus on Sound

KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: James Manwaring

Focus on Sound Pro is a piece of cloud-based software from Music First. This resource looks at features of the software, and explores how you can use it in your teaching across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

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Little Shop of Horrors

KS 4

Author: Simon Rushby

In this resource, we’ll look at the history and context of the show and the musical characteristics of the three songs. I don’t intend to go into the depth of analytical detail that can already be...

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AQA AoS1: the piano music of Chopin and Schumann

KS 4

Author: Maria Johnson

Chopin and Schumann are Romantic composers who wrote many piano pieces in the first half of the 19th century. The AQA specification suggests that students study Chopin’s Preludes (including the...

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Developing wider listening – the 20th century: part two

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

In part one of this resource (Music Teacher, September 2021), we began to see how music, having reached something of a stylistic crossroads at the end of the Romantic period, took off in a multitude...

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Developing wider listening – the 20th century: part one

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

Understanding the background and context to music they play or listen to is an incredibly useful skill for all music students. This series aims to broaden that knowledge of musical style across the...

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AQA AoS4: Kodály’s Háry János

KS 4

Author: Jonathan James

Zoltán Kodály’s slogan was ‘Let music belong to everyone!’ And that’s a sentiment very much on display in the suite taken from his popular light opera Háry János. AQA have produced a detailed...

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Developing wider listening: the Romantic period

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

The Romantic period, which lasted for most of the 19th century and left a strong legacy in the 20th and beyond, was a time of great change in all art forms. In this resource, which follows on from...

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Soundtrap

KS 3 KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

Following last month’s resource on BandLab (Music Teacher, June 2021), this month we turn to Soundtrap. Soundtrap and BandLab are both digital audio workstations (or DAWs) based in the cloud. They are...

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AQA AoS3: Paul Simon’s Graceland

KS 4

Author: Simon Rushby

In this resource we will look at the context and musical language of three songs from Graceland, which have been prescribed by AQA for study for the GCSE exam taken in 2022 and beyond as part of Area...

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