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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 AoS5: Anoushka Shankar's Breathing Under Water

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: Simon Rushby

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar's fifth album, Breathing Under Water, was recorded in numerous locations over the course of ten months, and released in August 2007.

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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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Edexcel A level AoS4: Revolver by the Beatles

Secondary education Archive KS 5

Author: Simon Rushby

The Beatles’ seventh album Revolver was released in August 1966. Following Rubber Soul and preceding Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (discussed in its own Music Teacher resource, February 2017),...

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OCR AoS5: Programme music, 1820‑1910

Secondary education Archive KS 5

Author: Jane Werry

For each of the main pieces covered by this resource, there will be information about its context, background and programme (story). Details regarding each of the musical areas likely to come up in...

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Women composers

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: David Ashworth

In this resource I want to go beyond just raising awareness. I want to help teachers and students get ‘under the bonnet’ by looking at some of the rich and diverse composing approaches and strategies...

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AQA GCSE AoS1: Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 in D, Clock

Secondary education KS 4 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

This resource takes students into the 18th-century world of a jobbing Kapellmeister and his hectic life in an illustrious Austro-Hungarian court. It takes a deeper look at why Haydn ended up as ‘Papa’...

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Edexcel A level AoS3: Music for film, part 1

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: James Manwaring

This resource will begin to unpack film music and also consider ways in which students can approach the study of film music. I will touch on techniques for studying the set works, approaches to wider...

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Edexcel AoS 1: Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Secondary education KS 5 Archive

Author: Hanh Doan

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born and raised in Salzburg, where he and his father, Leopold Mozart, were on the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg’s music staff. On discovering and nurturing his children’s...

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Identifying and presenting eras of classical music

Secondary education KS 3 KS 4 KS 5 Archive

Author: Jonathan James

This resource is more about the ‘how’ than the ‘what’. How do you present the differences and evolution in styles in a way that works for new, young listeners, so that they can pick them apart with...

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