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The story of the symphony, part 2: Beethoven and his legacy

Secondary education KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

In the second of this three-part resource (for part one, see Music Teacher, February 2019), we will be joining the story of the symphony at its heyday in the 19th century, where the form expanded and...

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Making revision effective and manageable

Secondary education KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: Simon Rushby

Revision can be a word with largely negative connotations. For teachers, it can mean producing ‘packs’ and summary resources, going back over old ground with students, and finding innovative ways to...

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Edexcel AoS6 New directions: John Cage

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: James Manwaring

What is music? What is composition? What is a ‘new direction’ in music? Who is John Cage? These are the topics I'll cover in this resource on John Cage's Three Dances for two prepared pianos, one of...

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Introduction: why teach variations at ks3?

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Jane Werry

The short answer is that it gives a lot of bang for your buck: you can explore many musical concepts through a unit on variations in a relatively short space of time. These include meaty compositional...

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The elements of music

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Anna Gower

The elements of music. DR P SMITH or MAD T SHIRT; posters on the walls of your classroom; a handy checklist for writing a model answer to a GCSE question; or a guide to development in an A level...

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AQA AoS2: Computer gaming music

Secondary education KS 4 Archive

Author: James Manwaring

This resource looks at AQA's Area of Study 2, specifically computer gaming music since 1990. It will help with the study of computer gaming music, but will also consider some of the ways in which we...

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Getting the most out of your rehearsals

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

From time to time, our rehearsals can have a little too much of the ‘harrowing’, or even of the ‘hearse’ to them. This resource is about revitalising our approach within a school context. It looks at...

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AQA AoS1: The operas of Mozart

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: Jane Werry

This resource aims to provide resources and strategies for how to approach the area of study with your classes. These will include ideas for where to start with tackling the context of Classical...

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AQA AoS3: Music for Media part 2 – Michael Giacchino and Nobuo Uematsu

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: Simon Rushby

In the first part of this resource (Music Teacher, August 2018) we looked at music by three of the five composers named by AQA in Area of Study 3: Music for Media – Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer and...

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Edexcel A level: Wider listening

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: James Manwaring

In this resource, I will consider what ‘wider listening’ means, and how we can approach it in our teaching. There are some barriers that can easily be broken down, and some misconceptions that can...

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