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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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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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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From tab to score: teaching student guitarists how to read music


Author: Paul White

There’s no denying the fact that there are a lot of guitarists who can’t read music. (I’d like to stress that this is focused more on electric or acoustic guitarists, rather than ones who are...

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OCR A level AoS1 Beethoven Serioso Quartet

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Hanh Doan

The third and fourth movements of Beethoven's String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, Serioso, form the 2021 prescribed work for OCR A level. This work should be studied and contextualised within a number...

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Continuing professional development, part 1

Extra-curricular music VMT

Author: Edward Maxwell

In this resource, I’ll be looking at how we can reflect on our approach to teaching and stimulate ourselves to do better. However experienced we are, and however good a teacher we might think we are,...

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Using Sibelius at KS4

Secondary education KS 4

Author: James Manwaring

Sibelius is a valuable tool for music teachers: not only can we use it for composition, but it also provides a useful way to bring theory to life. In this resource I will consider how you might use...

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