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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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From improvisation to composition

Extra-curricular music VMT

Author: Richard Barnard

This resource covers the basics of teaching improvisation, and the process of moving fluidly from scales to improvisation and from improvisation to composition, examining how these three elements...

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World tour: Latin America

Secondary education KS 3

Author: Simon Rushby

These resources provide background information and teaching ideas for Key Stage 3 class music lessons, with the aim of expanding students' knowledge and interest in music from other parts of the...

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Building knowledge through the elements of music, part 1

Secondary education KS 4

Author: Jane Werry

It can be difficult to know where to start with teaching a GCSE syllabus: there are so many different parts to get to grips with. You might feel that you need to get cracking straight away with areas...

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Distance learning: planning and delivering live lessons

Secondary education KS 4 KS 5

Author: David Guinane

This resource looks in detail at providing live online lessons – essentially video conferences involving you and your students, with the aim of delivering musical content, and fostering some form of...

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Preparing students for composing coursework

Secondary education KS 4

Author: Jane Werry

This resource examines some strategies for compositional groundwork, and offers tips for avoiding some of the most common pitfalls, as well as some ideas for getting students started.

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OCR AoS2: Nat King Cole's After Midnight

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Jonathan James

This resource explores the breadth of Nat King Cole's artistry and his influence, as well as appraising the four songs OCR have selected from his album After Midnight.

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Rock classics

KS 3

Author: Simon Rushby

This resource provides some lesson materials for Key Stage 3 inspired by some classic rock songs of the 1960s and 1970s era. We'll explore songs and performances that will give them a sense of a time...

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Revision for GCSE and A level music

KS 4 KS 5 AS A2

Author: Jane Werry

This resource follows on from the excellent revision resources in Music Teacher magazine that ran in March, April and May 2019. Here, a range of revision strategies will be discussed that can be used...

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OCR AoS1: Beethoven's Violin Concerto, first movement

KS 5 AS A2

Author: Maria Johnson

In 2020, the year marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, OCR A level students are lucky enough to be studying a work by that composer.

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AQA AoS1: the orchestral music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

Secondary education KS 4 Archive

Author: Maria Johnson

This topic is part of Area of Study 1 for AQA GCSE music and includes a ‘study piece’: the second movement of Haydn's Clock Symphony (covered in its own resource, Music Teacher, November 2017)....

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