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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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Edexcel AoS1: an active learning approach to Bach

KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

Edexcel GCSE music requires students to study eight set works, the first of which is the third movement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. This resource will look at some different strategies for...

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Eduqas AoS 1: ‘Badinerie’ from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2

KS 4

Author: Hanh Doan

Under Eduqas’s GCSE Area of Study 1 (Musical Forms and Devices), students must study the ‘Badinerie’ from Bach’s Second Orchestral Suite in depth. As well as giving students many tools for performance...

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OCR AoS 2 Barbra Streisand: Four songs from Color Me Barbra

KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

These four songs from Barbra Streisand’s 1966 album Color Me Barbra are the prescribed music for OCR’s Area of Study 2: Popular song. They need to be studied in the context of other examples of music...

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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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Edexcel AoS4: Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love

KS 5

Author: David Kettle

English singer-songwriter Kate Bush released Hounds of Love, her fifth studio album, in September 1985. It received immediate acclaim from critics and record-buyers alike, and was soon being hailed as...

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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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Creating successful teaching spaces in different school environments

VMT

Author: Richard Barnard

The environment in which you teach can have a huge impact on the quality, effectiveness and enjoyment of your lessons. Being a visiting music teacher can involve rather unpredictable and challenging...

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