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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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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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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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Steve Reich

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 Archive

Author: David Ashworth

The activities covered in this resource can be adapted for use across all key stages in secondary schools. They are particularly relevant for supporting GCSE and A level study and, indeed, most...

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Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Secondary education IB Archive

Author: Jonathan James

This is one of the two set works chosen by IB for assessment from 2020, and it allows students to approach many different concepts and themes: Romanticism and Rachmaninov's place as the ‘last great...

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Homework at KS3

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Jane Werry

Homework can be a valuable means of covering some of the factual knowledge about music that you want to bring into your lessons. By covering some of this in advance through homework tasks, you're...

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Haydn's Symphony No. 94 ‘Surprise’

Secondary education IB

Author: Hanh Doan

Haydn's ‘Surprise’ Symphony is one of the International Baccalaureate's prescribed works for 2020-2021 and will feature in the listening paper. Students will have to answer questions about the...

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AQA AoS4: Orchestral music of Copland

Secondary education KS 4

Author: Jonathan James

Picture the following Hollywood scene: a hero has fallen, and a faded Stars and Stripes flutters in the breeze as we remember their act of sacrifice for their country. What underscore do you hear?...

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