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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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AQA AoS7: Shostakovich

KS 5

Author: Richard Barnard

The AQA specification lists musical elements to examine and identify in Shostakovich’s works. Here is a brief guide to some of the more general aspects to listen for in his music, before a closer look...

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Practical learning using instruments

KS 3 KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

This resource considers how we can use instruments to teach key concepts in music. It will focus on practical learning and how we can best approach it.

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Developing wider listening – musical theatre: part 1

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

Understanding the background and context to music they listen to, hear on TV or play is an incredibly useful skill for all musicians, especially those studying music for GCSE or A level, since wider...

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Teaching jazz harmony

KS 5

Author: David Guinane

In this resource, I’ll be exploring a range of jazz standards to give students an understanding of common chord progressions, as well as harmonic direction, structure and devices that will aid their...

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OCR AoS5 and Pre-U topic B1: Liszt’s Prometheus and Dvořák’s The Noon Witch

KS 5

Author: Jane Werry

This resource will consider two works: Liszt’s Prometheus, written in 1850, the fifth of his 13 symphonic poems; Dvořák’s The Noon Witch, written in 1896, the second of his later set of five symphonic...

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Developing wider listening – film music: part 2

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

This month, we’ll continue our journey from the 1950s to the present day, picking out some worthwhile examples and identifying some performing, composing and listening activities that can help your...

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Developing wider listening – film music: part 1

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

For more than 100 years, from the earliest experiments in silent movies to the modern, digitally enhanced, computer-aided action blockbusters, music has played an essential role in films, relied upon...

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Eduqas A level AoS A: the development of the symphony, part 2, c1830-1900

KS 5 Secondary education

Author: Maria Johnson

This is the second part of a resource looking at the development of the symphony, which is the compulsory Area of Study for Eduqas AS and A level. AS students study from 1750 to 1830 (which was mostly...

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Visual content for musical understanding

KS 3

Author: Jane Werry

One of the things that makes music a difficult subject to teach is its very nature. It’s ephemeral and invisible, and it exists only as movements of the air at a particular place and time. A score of...

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Getting ready for the GCSE music listening paper

KS 4 Secondary education

Author: Simon Rushby

For the first time since 2019, students taking GCSE music will be sitting a listening paper this year. The students currently in Year 11 were in Year 8 when there was last a summer listening paper....

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