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Music teacher in Burnley. Been teaching 3 years. Current spec AQA GCSE Music.

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Music teacher in Burnley. Been teaching 3 years. Current spec AQA GCSE Music.
AQA GCSE Music New Specification Kodály and Bartok Hungarian Folk Music
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AQA GCSE Music New Specification Kodály and Bartok Hungarian Folk Music

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Presentation for AQA GCSE Music New Specification for Area of Study Four (Western Classical Tradition Since 1910) - Kodaly and Bartok. Pupils were set a task the lesson before to research Kodaly and Bartok (context, type of music, features of this style of music, famous pieces, Kodaly method of singing, influences, etc). This presentation is to fill in any gaps they may have missed out and look at some pieces. Covers context, elements of Hungarian folk music, impressionist music, Hary Janos suite, Dances of Galanta, Concerto for Orchestra, Romanian folk dances for Orchestra and Divertimento. YouTube links are provided, as are lesson objectives.
Key Stage 3 Music Cover Booklet - Great for learning at home!
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Key Stage 3 Music Cover Booklet - Great for learning at home!

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Booklet for cover work for Key Stage 3 Music lessons. Each activity/page should last at least an hour (I have used them for this long). Includes 5 tasks - elements of music description, designing your own radio show, musical futures/band work, film music and writing your own pop or rap song. Could easily cover five theoretical lessons (cover, removal, difficult classes, etc.) Does not need a Music classroom to complete. Just need to print booklet and give to a student with paper! Suitable for non-specialist teachers as well as learning at home resources.
AQA GCSE Music Contemporary British Folk Music New Specification
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AQA GCSE Music Contemporary British Folk Music New Specification

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Presentation describing key features of Contemporary British Folk Music for the new specification of AQA GCSE Music (Area of Study 3). Lesson outcomes are included, as are some brief context, rhythm and tempo, timbre, traditional folk instruments, modern instruments, melody, structure/form and texture and then an example of this. On blue background for dyslexic pupils or those with Irlam's.
Caribbean Music - AQA GCSE Music - New Specification
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Caribbean Music - AQA GCSE Music - New Specification

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Presentation on Caribbean Music for the new specification of GCSE Music AQA - AoS 3. Pictures of unfamiliar instruments and YouTube clips for different styles of music are included. Presentation covers Context, Instruments, Steel Pans, Calypso Context, Features of Calypso, Mento, Son, Merengue and Zouk. Learning outcomes and key words are included for schools that require this.
Broadway Musicals 1950s to Present Day Powerpoint AQA GCSE Music
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Broadway Musicals 1950s to Present Day Powerpoint AQA GCSE Music

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Broadway Musicals 1950s-Present Day presentation. Links to AQA GCSE Music New Specification. Covers brief context of musicals, styles of musicals, types of voice and song, cross genres with books and films, themes and influences and lyrics. Task at the end for pupils to cover a song from a musical themselves. Including pupils making the musical number (we did a medley from "We Will Rock You"), took two hours. Suggested YouTube links are at the bottom of "Types of Song" page. Lesson objectives are at the bottom of each slide for schools that follow this policy.
AQA Little Shop Of Horrors Analysis
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AQA Little Shop Of Horrors Analysis

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A PowerPoint with the analysis of each set work for Little Shop Of Horrors, relating to the new AQA set works, starting teaching 2020. Each section has an edited audio from the Off-Broadway performance, showing which part is being analysed at that time. This includes information from the AQA teachers guide, as well as the CGP and Rhinegold revision guides. No activities are included, just the actual analysis. Good for home learning to be accessed at any time independently as all information is there.
AQA GCSE Music New Specification British Music AoS 4
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AQA GCSE Music New Specification British Music AoS 4

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Relating to the new specification GCSE Music for AQA. Area of Study 4 - Western Classical Tradition since 1910. Covers Malcolm Arnold and his "Tam O'Shanter Overture", Benjamin Britten and his works, "War Requiem" and "Peter Grimes", Peter Maxwell Davies and "The Yellow Cake Revue" and John Tavener with "The Whale" and "The Lamb". Two tasks - one halfway through to try to make sounds musically and second one at the end to develop one of these ideas into a piece. Learning outcomes at the beginning for schools that require this.
Minimalism - AQA GCSE Music, New Specification, Area of Study 4
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Minimalism - AQA GCSE Music, New Specification, Area of Study 4

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Presentation on Minimalism to fit with new spec GCSE Music AQA - Area of Study 4 (Western Classical Tradition Since 1910). Covers roots of minimalism, John Cage, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and John Adams, and the suggested listening. Lists of features of minimalism and techniques used, with practical task at the end where students are given a melodic cell and told to develop in minimalistic style with suggested techniques. This was originally done on GarageBand, but could be done as a class ensemble. Learning objectives included.
Expressionism and Serialism AQA GCSE Music New Specification
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Expressionism and Serialism AQA GCSE Music New Specification

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PowerPoint presentation and fill in the blank activity on Serialism and Expressionism for AQA GCSE Music, new specification. 14 slide presentation with expected progress, better than expected progress and key words detailed. Presentation covers context and features of expressionism, how serialism came about, how to make a twelve tone row, information on Schoenberg, techniques used and features of Serialism, information on Peripetie as an example and a compositional task, where students make their own twelve tone rows, apply techniques and then layer them (we will be doing this on GarageBand but can be done as a class in performance or on any music technology software).
Blues Music AQA GCSE Music New Specification
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Blues Music AQA GCSE Music New Specification

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Blues Music presentation and task for AQA GCSE Music New Specification. PowerPoint has starter of link between two artists and harmonic link (good for aural training), then covers context, instruments, rhythm, swung rhythms, shuffle beats, blues scale, melodic features, chord sequence, walking bass line, structure, 16 bar patterns and features of jazz. Performance task of playing 12 bar blues chords with drummers playing swung rhythms and vocalists making a mash-up of Mercy, Candyman and When The Love Runs Out (lyrics sheet provided). Took about two hours in our lesson. Learning outcomes and keywords provided for schools that need this.
Music Extended Listening Questions - KS3 Cover/Home Learning
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Music Extended Listening Questions - KS3 Cover/Home Learning

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Extended listening questions for Key Stage 3 Music. Each topic has three questions. Questions one and two ask students to describe some elements of music for a specific YouTube link, and then question three asks them to compare and contrast the two pieces looking at a narrower range of elements. Preparation for essays in GCSE specifications. Ideal as work for learning at home tasks. Topics cover Samba, Musical Futures, Clocks and Time Signatures, Keyboard/Ed Sheeran and Film Music.
AQA GCSE Music New Specification Area of Study Four - Western Classical Tradition Since 1910
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AQA GCSE Music New Specification Area of Study Four - Western Classical Tradition Since 1910

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All of the resources I used to teach AQA GCSE Music New Specification, Area of Study 4 - Western Classical Tradition Since 1910. Includes British Music with Arnold, Britten, Maxwell Davies and Tavener, Kodaly and Bartok with Hungarian Folk Music, Minimalism with Riley, Reich and Adams and Serialism. Mixture of tasks and presentations. Learning objectives on each presentation.
Film Music AQA GCSE New Specification Powerpoint and Homework/Class Task
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Film Music AQA GCSE New Specification Powerpoint and Homework/Class Task

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Film Music presentation that looks at leit motifs and some examples, Mickey Mousing, why music is used in films, job roles, orchestration, tonality, tempo, features and techniques. Learning objectives are on the bottom of each slide to fit with school's that follow this policy. No images or YouTube links for copyright reasons but can be found easily. Blue background to suit some dyslexic pupils. Fits AQA GCSE Music New Specification. Few tasks in such as name films with leit motifs that can be used to break up the lesson or as short research tasks. Took just under two hours without using as a research task. Ten mark essay question about pupils' favourite film music with space underneath for essay - can be set as homework (as I did) or in lesson.
Shrek Samba!
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Shrek Samba!

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Lesson on Samba with differentiated versions for less and more able. Unscramble the key word starter, recap about dynamics to lead into performance and then different rhythms for each instrument in a Samba kit with a corresponding phrase for a Shrek character. For performance, lower abilities use the phrase and higher abilities use just the rhythmic notation. Groups then rehearse and perform this. Two extension tasks (add a break and a change in dynamics). Self and peer assessment slide at the end with sentence starters and word bank for less able, and a word bank with literacy related reminders for more able. Lesson objectives included for schools that require this.
Key Stage 3 Music Cover Work Booklet 2 - Great for home learning!
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Key Stage 3 Music Cover Work Booklet 2 - Great for home learning!

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Cover work booklet to be used for one off Music cover lessons where a computer room is not accessible. Each activity/page should last at least an hour (I have used them for this long). Includes "Design Your Own Musical Instrument" (6 small tasks), "Decorate The Ukulele", "Decorate The Djembe", "Design Your Own Record Label" (6 short tasks), "Planning Your Own Festival" (7 short tasks) and "Features Of Pop Music Comprehension" (A4 written passage with 15 questions to answer from this). Could easily cover five or six theoretical lessons (cover, removal, difficult classes, etc.) Does not need a Music classroom to complete. Just need to print booklet and give to a student with paper! Suitable for non-specialist teachers as well. Great for preparing for urgent cover, removal work or learning at home.
Rock Music GCSE Music AQA New Specification
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Rock Music GCSE Music AQA New Specification

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Fits with new AQA GCSE Music specification. Area of Study 2 - Popular Music - Rock Music. Presentation covering basic roots of Rock 'n' Roll, features of Rock, different types of the genre, what power chords are, popular stock progressions and a variety of guitar and drum techniques, including palm muting, hammer ons and rim shots. Suggested YouTube links in the notes at the bottom of some slides. Written description of each technique with a video suggestion that either demonstrates or gives an example of it. I will be using this to demonstrate initially the technique, and then giving each student a guitar and trying it for themselves.
AQA Prologue/Little Shop Of Horrors Analysis
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AQA Prologue/Little Shop Of Horrors Analysis

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A PowerPoint with the analysis of Prologue/Little Shop Of Horrors, relating to the new AQA set works, starting teaching 2020. Each section has an edited audio from the Off-Broadway performance, showing which part is being analysed at that time. Also includes building major, minor, 7th, 6th and Sus4 chords, which are all then referred to later in the analysis. This includes information from the AQA teachers guide, as well as the CGP and Rhinegold revision guides. No activities are included, just the actual analysis.
Features of Pop Music - AQA GCSE Music
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Features of Pop Music - AQA GCSE Music

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Features of Pop Music presentation to fit in with AQA GCSE Music New Specification - Area of Study 2 - Pop Music. 10 slides. Learning objectives displayed on each slide for schools that follow this policy. Slides cover types of voice and vocal techniques, effects and technology, popular instruments and their roles, rock 'n' roll, basic features of rock music, 1960s British Pop and Modern Pop.
Film Music Quiz/Appreciation/Cover - Excellent for end of term Year 9s!
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Film Music Quiz/Appreciation/Cover - Excellent for end of term Year 9s!

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Lesson on Film Music Appreciation with corresponding worksheet. Students are shown 6 film clips and have to answer questions on texture, instruments, dynamics, features, atmosphere, etc. YouTube links and answers are provided. My Year 9 classes loved this, and were shocked that questions such as describe the dynamics were on the GCSE papers! Lesson objectives included for schools that require this.