Online Teaching Materials

Downloadable resources for music teachers

Teaching materials are an integral part of a music teacher's practice. Every month Music Teacher publishes downloadable materials for KS3, 4 and 5, offering complete units of work, GCSE and A Level set-work guidance, 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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Little Shop of Horrors

KS 4

Author: Simon Rushby

In this resource, we’ll look at the history and context of the show and the musical characteristics of the three songs. I don’t intend to go into the depth of analytical detail that can already be...

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Arranging music for guitar

VMT

Author: Paul White

The subject of arranging is vast, so in this resource I’ll focus on chord and riff arrangement, since it’s the staple of most popular guitar playing. I’m also only working in the realms of popular...

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Exploring riffs

KS 3

Author: Jane Werry

This project is about developing an understanding of the value of repeating patterns in music. Students will need to know what a riff is, and the different ways in which repeating patterns can be...

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AQA AoS1: the piano music of Chopin and Schumann

KS 4

Author: Maria Johnson

Chopin and Schumann are Romantic composers who wrote many piano pieces in the first half of the 19th century. The AQA specification suggests that students study Chopin’s Preludes (including the...

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Developing wider listening – the 20th century: part two

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

In part one of this resource (Music Teacher, September 2021), we began to see how music, having reached something of a stylistic crossroads at the end of the Romantic period, took off in a multitude...

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Creating successful teaching spaces in different school environments

VMT

Author: Richard Barnard

The environment in which you teach can have a huge impact on the quality, effectiveness and enjoyment of your lessons. Being a visiting music teacher can involve rather unpredictable and challenging...

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Developing wider listening – the 20th century: part one

KS 4 KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

Understanding the background and context to music they play or listen to is an incredibly useful skill for all music students. This series aims to broaden that knowledge of musical style across the...

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Learning through story

VMT Extra-curricular music

Author: Richard Steggall

As pupils move through school and beyond, their progress on a musical instrument is rarely smooth. A common – and serious – stumbling block for many is performance anxiety. This can emerge at any...

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Contemporary classical music at KS3

KS 3

Author: David Guinane

This resource will explore a number of approaches to teaching contemporary classical music at KS3. It will attempt to curate some of the extensive literature and resources, available both online and...

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Instrumental teaching in schools: roles, rights and responsibilities

VMT Extra-curricular music

Author: Edward Maxwell

For some musicians, instrumental teaching in schools is a full-time vocation. For others, it provides a welcome element of relative stability in an otherwise volatile and unpredictable world of...

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