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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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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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Exploring rhythm

Secondary education KS 3

Author: Jane Werry

This resource looks closely at rhythm from both ends – the aural, non-notated, knowledge-of-music end; and the notation-based, knowledge-about-music end. Ideas for unpicking rhythm including learning...

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

VMT

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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Building knowledge through the elements of music, part 2

Secondary education KS 4

Author: Jane Werry

This resource follows on directly from part one (Music Teacher, September 2020), which covered melody, articulation, instruments and harmony/tonality. This resource will cover dynamics, structure,...

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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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Christmas projects for in-school and remote work

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: Jane Werry

This resource is a selection box of ideas that you can choose from and adapt to suit your own situation. Listening, researching, composing and tech are all included and given a Christmas slant that...

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World tour: China

Secondary education KS 3

Author: Simon Rushby

In the January and September 2020 issues of Music Teacher, the first two in our KS3 World tour series of resources explored the music of the Caribbean and Latin America. This month we move to Asia and...

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Sibelius at KS3: creating, composing and exploring

Secondary education KS 3

Author: James Manwaring

I have used music notation software Sibelius extensively over the years, and it’s a fantastic resource. This resource focuses on Sibelius, although other notation software packages are obviously...

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