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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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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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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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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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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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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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