Online Teaching Materials

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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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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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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Exploring riffs

KS 3

Author: Jane Werry

This project is about developing an understanding of the value of repeating patterns in music. Students will need to know what a riff is, and the different ways in which repeating patterns can be...

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Contemporary classical music at KS3

KS 3

Author: David Guinane

This resource will explore a number of approaches to teaching contemporary classical music at KS3. It will attempt to curate some of the extensive literature and resources, available both online and...

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World tour: popular music from West Africa

KS 3

Author: Simon Rushby

The previous stop on our World Tour series was the Middle East (Music Teacher, March 2021), and for our fifth resource of the series we cross the Red Sea and head west to explore some of the...

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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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BandLab

KS 3

Author: James Manwaring

Over two resources James Manwaring is investigating cloud-based digital audio workstations: this month the focus is BandLab. BandLab is a free online digital audio workstation (or DAW) that allows...

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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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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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