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Musical creativity in the classroom: part 2

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5

Author: Jonathan James

In the first part to this two-part resource (Music Teacher, July 2018), we tried to pin definitions on what it means to be musically creative, finding that the more you try to corner the concept, the...

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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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KS3 as preparation for GCSE music

Secondary education KS 3 Archive

Author: Anna Gower

Although free schools and academies have been released from their obligation to adhere to the KS3 programme of study, it does nevertheless provide a useful starting point in suggesting what students...

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Edexcel AoS2: Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 (first movement)

Secondary education KS 5

Author: David Guinane

The G minor Piano Trio is undoubtedly one of Clara Schumann's best-known compositions, and a fine example of Romantic chamber music. This resource covers the essential musical features of the work, as...

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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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AQA AoS4: Music for theatre – part two

Secondary education KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

In this second part of a two-part resource, we will look at the contributions to the genre of the three living composers of the five named by AQA – Stephen Sondheim, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Jason...

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AQA AoS4: Music for theatre – part one

 AS LEVEL

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: Simon Rushby

In this first part of a two-part resource, we'll look at the contributions to the genre of the two earliest composers named by AQA, and the only two no longer living – Kurt Weill and Richard Rodgers.

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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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