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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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From improvisation to composition in the classroom

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4

Author: Richard Barnard

This resource will take you through the process of teaching improvisation and composition within a class setting, working with students with different abilities and little improvisatory experience....

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AQA AoS1: Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Secondary education KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

The third movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A, K622 is a study piece for AQA’s GCSE Area of Study 1. The study of this piece will allow students to study not only the Classical style, but...

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Getting inside the A level jazz curriculum, part 2: instrumentalists

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Jonathan James

For some students, instrumental jazz can seem like black coffee compared to the milkshake of pop. It still has a reputation of being hard to access and appreciate, particularly post-swing. This...

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Getting inside the A level jazz curriculum, part 1: jazz vocalists

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Jonathan James

This will act as a summary introduction to the subject area, to whet the appetite and start placing the main styles in their contexts, with suggested listening and a playlist. Following the examples,...

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Developing wider listening: the Classical period

Secondary education KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

This is the second in a series of resources to help students develop their understanding and experience of music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, and from the 20th and 21st centuries....

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Leading online composing projects

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: Richard Barnard

During the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns in the UK, I have led several interactive online composition projects. This resource shares practical advice gained from this experience, examining the...

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World tour: Middle East

Secondary education KS 3

Author: Simon Rushby

This is the fourth stop in our World Tour series, which began over a year ago and has so far visited the Caribbean, Latin America and China. This month we explore some of the vast and diverse...

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Teaching great music lessons in the ‘new normal’

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4

Author: Jane Werry

This resource aims to give you some ideas for teaching great music lessons, whether remotely, through a ‘blended’ approach, or even back in the classroom – whenever that might be.

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Orchestration at A level

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Jonathan James

Rimsky-Korsakov, a Romantic Russian composer and inspirational orchestrator, said that ‘to orchestrate is to create; it cannot be taught’. Let’s hope he was wrong, at least on that last point.

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Exploring rhythm

Secondary education KS 3

Author: Jane Werry

This resource looks closely at rhythm from both ends – the aural, non-notated, knowledge-of-music end; and the notation-based, knowledge-about-music end. Ideas for unpicking rhythm including learning...

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