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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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Performing at KS4

Secondary education KS 4 BTEC

Author: Anna Gower

At KS4, students make their choices about which subjects to choose to study further. In the case of music, schools can offer GCSE music with specifications offered by four main exam boards in England,...

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AQA AoS3: Music for Media – Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer and Thomas Newman

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: Simon Rushby

In this resource, we will look at music by three of the five composers named by AQA in AoS3: Music for Media. For each composer, I provide an in-depth examination of an example of their music, a...

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Edexcel AoS6: Saariaho's Petals

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: David Guinane

Of all the ‘New Directions’ works in the Edexcel A level Anthology, Saariaho's Petals is the only one written by a living composer (at the time of writing). It is without doubt one of the most...

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Musical creativity in the classroom: part 1

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

This is the first of two Music Teacher resources bringing you up to date on the latest creativity research, and hopefully helping you consider the subject afresh, encouraging reflection on who you are...

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AQA AoS1 Strand C: piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Jonathan James

AQA's A level specification celebrates three composers who made the most of the new instrument's expressive potential, and who were also masters of the short form, another important feature of...

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Edexcel AoS2: Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Hanh Doan

Hector Berlioz was born in 1803, and his use of large instrumental forces in his music led him to become one of the most influential French composers of the 19th century. His compositions include...

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AQA A level AoS1: Baroque solo concerto

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 the Baroque...

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Sonic Pi for music teachers

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: David Ashworth

This resource has been written specifically to support the classroom music teacher in exploring new, innovative ways of delivering the music curriculum. The activities are aimed at older students, but...

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Composing to a brief

Secondary education KS 4

Author: Jane Werry

All the GCSE boards stipulate that one of the two submitted compositions must be composed to a brief set by the board. The good thing about this is that choosing from a range of options is almost...

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Edexcel A level AoS3: Music for film, part 2

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: James Manwaring

In the previous resource on Edexcel's film music Area of Study (Music Teacher, November 2017), we looked in detail at music from the film Psycho. In this second resource, we're going to consider the...

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