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I am a specialist primary music teacher living and teaching in Devon. I have over 15 years experience of teaching and creating resources. I play trumpet professionally in a ska/reggae/dub band called The Kingstons (www.thekingstons.club).

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I am a specialist primary music teacher living and teaching in Devon. I have over 15 years experience of teaching and creating resources. I play trumpet professionally in a ska/reggae/dub band called The Kingstons (www.thekingstons.club).
World Music
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World Music

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This is a 6 week topic aimed at KS1 and KS2 to teach them about different music traditions from around the world. Throughout this topic, pupils will be given the opportunity to explore music from different countries and cultures around the globe, including: West Africa, Australia, Poland, Ireland, Jamaica and Native America. Each week will focus on a different country. The focus of each lesson will be to learn where the country is on the map, listen to an example of traditional music from that that country and learn a song/game/dance that is culturally relevant. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their listening and singing skills (Links to curriculum can be found at the bottom). By the end of the topic pupils should have a better understanding of different styles and genres of music and where they came from as well as developing their understanding of the role of music in different cultures and societies. Perfect for linking to Geogrpahy and History! Links to curriculum/Possible assessment opportunities: Use the voice expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes Play tuned and untuned instruments musically Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music Please note: I have used the Font AR CHRISTY so it may look different when downloaded!
World War 2 Music (1930's - 1940's music)
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World War 2 Music (1930's - 1940's music)

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This is a 6 lesson topic exploring the music listened to and played during World War 2. The children will develop an understanding of the styles of music civilians and soldiers were listening to during the 1930’s and 1940’s including Vera Lynn, George Formby, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong etc. They will also learn how to play a simple swing/jazz piece of music (C Jam Blues), develop their improvisation skills and sing a fun Glenn Miller inspired song. By the end of the topic the class will have a good understanding of the music of World War 2, the instruments that make a jazz/big band, the role music and songs played during the war, what swing music is and how to improvise using the pentatonic scale. Overall, this topic will help children develop a range of skills including listening and appraisal, singing, musical instrument playing, improvising and performing. I have now added another classroom arrangement of Little Brown Jug
Write a class song!
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Write a class song!

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This is a 6 week topic that aims to give the children an understanding of the song writing process. This topic is designed to give the children the opportunity to write a song, from scratch, as a class over a six week process. It will help them to develop a good understanding of the process of writing a song, the “musical ingredients” (elements) that are needed and an appreciation of the time and skill that goes into writing a song. The children will develop an understanding of how to structure a song, creating verses, a chorus and the opportunity to compose a bridge/middle 8 as well. You do not necessarily have to be musical to do this but obviously some knowledge would help. It’s a great project for you to use for children who currently play an instrument as well, especially if you have been learning one via the wider opps/first access projects. Instruments can be easily incorporated into the topic. The topic also included opportunities for children to rap and beat box if they are not too keen on singing! The first 1-3 lessons will be spent on writing some verses and a chorus. This will be followed by adding simple accompaniment using class percussion (tuned and untuned) and other instruments your class/children may have been learning how to play. The songs will be kept in C Major/A Minor (Using the common chords C, F, G & Am). This is perfect for their vocal range and for accompanying instruments. Instrumental parts could also be added in between the verses and choruses. By the end of the topic the class with have a complete song that they can record and perform to other years and their parents. Links to curriculum/Possible assessment opportunities: Use the voice expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes Play tuned and untuned instruments musically Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music Please note: I have used the font AR CHRISTY so you may have to edit some of the slides/fonts.
Music of Mexico
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Music of Mexico

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The aim of this topic is to give children the opportunity to learn about the music of Mexico through listening and singing. The children will: Listen to a variety of music styles and genres from Mexico. Learn about the instruments used in the popular Mariachi bands. Listen to some music from the Maya Civilisation. Learn to sing the song Al Citron and play the stone passing game associated with it. This a a short topic that can be stretched to 6 weeks or done in 3, depending on the amount of time dedicated to your music lessons. It would work nicely as a cross-curricular topic if you are looking at Mexico in Geography or the Mayan Civilisation in History.
Eight planets
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Eight planets

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Eight planets is a 6 week topic aimed at teaching children all about the planets through singing, playing and composing. It’s aimed at Years 1-4. Included is: ● An original song (backing track/vocal track) ● Planet cut outs ● Rhythm cut outs ● Score ● Melody score for tuned percussion (including coloured score for boom whackers, belles etc) ● Lesson plan ● Powerpoint Learning Outcomes: ● I can name all eight planets learn other words relating to space such as galaxy, solar system, sun and orbit. ● I can sing a song about space. ● I can read and understand crotchets (ta), quavers (ti-ti) and crotchet rests (shh). ● I can notate rhythms. ● I am developing an understanding of pitch (higher and lower). ● I can play tuned percussion using two notes: G (so) and E (mi). ● I can use technology to create sounds. ● I can listen to a piece of music and describe it (instrumentation, how it makes me feel, happy/sad/exciting etc.). It covers all KS1 links to the national curriculum: • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music
Classroom Gamelan
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Classroom Gamelan

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This is from my Music of the Far East topic. It's a piece of Gamelan style music that can be played using classroom percussion (Tuned and un-tuned). It's colour coded to help children play the piece with relative ease. I've attached a WAV file of the the piece. Enjoy!
Whole Class Music Tuition: Brass
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Whole Class Music Tuition: Brass

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I have written 19 pieces to be used for Whole Class Music Tuition of brass instruments (in Bb) The pieces have been written in a variety of styles and progress is nice and slow! Children will start on the note C and progress up to G (including a low B). Many of the pieces focus on notes C to E before progressing on to F, G and B. Children will learn to read 6 notes as well as crotchets, minims, semibreves and quavers and their corresponding rests. Backing tracks are included for all of the pieces and there is an option to view the music with or without notes. These pieces are tried and tested with the children I teach in my own school and they love them :) This music is also available for: Clarinet - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-clarinet-12153916 Woodwind (Recorder, Toot, Flute, Dood, C Clarinet, jSax) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-woodwind-12153908 Trombone (Bass clef) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-trombone-12153911 Tenor Saxophone - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-trombone-12153911
Whole Class Music Tuition: Woodwind
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Whole Class Music Tuition: Woodwind

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I have written 19 pieces to be used for Whole Class Music Tuition of woodwind instruments in concert pitch (Recorder, Toot, Dood, Flute, jSax, C Clarinet etc) The pieces have been written in a variety of styles and progress is nice and slow! Children will start on the note G and progress up to D. Many of the pieces focus on notes G to B before progressing on to C and D. Children will learn to read 6 notes as well as crotchets, minims, semibreves and quavers and their corresponding rests. Backing tracks are included for all of the pieces and there is an option to view the music with or without notes. There is also an option to play the advanced melodies without the note D as this note can be a bit tricky for some instruments. These pieces are tried and tested with the children I teach in my own school and they love them :) Please note. There were two pieces (15 & 16) that contained F#'s, written as F’s. This is a mistake. I have corrected this but if you downloaded the resource before 15/07/2019 please get in touch and I’ll send you the correct music. So sorry. This music is also available for Brass as well and can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-brass-12151720
The Elements
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The Elements

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This is a 6 week topic that aims to teach the main elements of music: Pitch, Tempo, Timbre, Dynamic, Duration, Texture and Rhythm. This is done through listening to music (from Queen to Beethoven), composing songs, moving to sounds and music and creating music compositions using tuned and untuned instruments. Every lesson will focus on an element and explore its importance in music. Tuned and untuned percussion will be used in every lesson to help with this. The children will be given opportunities to improvise and create their own music and sounds. Standard notation will be used to help children develop an understanding of music/rhythm reading. Songs/chants will also be sung to accompany the lessons, developing their singing voices every week. An opportunity for the children to write their own class song will also be used to develop their singing and compositional skills. As well as plenty of compositional and improvisation opportunities, lessons are also inspired by Kodaly/Dalcroze/Orff ideas and methods, allowing children to explore music through sound and movement. Links to curriculum/Possible assessment opportunities: Use the voice expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes Play tuned and untuned instruments musically Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music Please note: I have used the font AR CHRISTY for a lot of the slides so it may look slightly different!
Whole Class Music Tuition: Trombone
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Whole Class Music Tuition: Trombone

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I have written 19 pieces to be used for Whole Class Music Tuition of Trombone (Bass clef) The pieces have been written in a variety of styles and progress is nice and slow! Children will start on the note Bb and progress up to F (including a low A). Many of the pieces focus on notes Bb to D before progressing on to Eb, F and A. Children will learn to read 6 notes as well as crotchets, minims, semibreves and quavers and their corresponding rests. Backing tracks are included for all of the pieces and there is an option to view the music with or without notes. These pieces are tried and tested with the children I teach in my own school and they love them :) This music is also available for: Bb Brass (Trumpet, Cornet, Baritone etc) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-brass-12151720 Woodwind (Recorder, Toot, Flute, Dood, C Clarinet, jSax) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-woodwind-12153908
Whole Class Music Tuition: Tenor Saxophone
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Whole Class Music Tuition: Tenor Saxophone

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I have written 19 pieces to be used for Whole Class Music Tuition of Tenor Saxophone. The pieces have been written in a variety of styles and progress is nice and slow! Children will start on the note C and progress up to G (including a low B). Many of the pieces focus on notes C to E before progressing on to F, G and B. Children will learn to read 6 notes as well as crotchets, minims, semibreves and quavers and their corresponding rests. Backing tracks are included for all of the pieces and there is an option to view the music with or without notes. These pieces are tried and tested with the children I teach in my own school and they love them :) This music is also available for: Bb Brass (Trumpet, Cornet, Baritone etc) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-brass-12151720 Woodwind (Recorder, Toot, Flute, Dood, C Clarinet, jSax) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-woodwind-12153908 Trombone (Bass clef) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-trombone-12153911
Whole Class Music Tuition: Clarinet
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Whole Class Music Tuition: Clarinet

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I have written 19 pieces to be used for Whole Class Music Tuition of Clarinet (Bb) The pieces have been written in a variety of styles and progress is nice and slow! Children will start on the note C and progress up to G (including a low B). Many of the pieces focus on notes C to E before progressing on to F, G and B. Children will learn to read 6 notes as well as crotchets, minims, semibreves and quavers and their corresponding rests. Backing tracks are included for all of the pieces and there is an option to view the music with or without notes. These pieces are tried and tested with the children I teach in my own school and they love them :) This music is also available for: Bb Brass (Trumpet, Cornet, Baritone etc) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-brass-12151720 Woodwind (Recorder, Toot, Flute, Dood, C Clarinet, jSax) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-woodwind-12153908 Trombone (Bass clef) - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-trombone-12153911 Tenor Saxophone - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/whole-class-music-tuition-tenor-saxophone-12153913
Whole Class Music Tuition: Bundle
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Whole Class Music Tuition: Bundle

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I have written 19 pieces to be used for Whole Class Music Tuition of Brass (Bb), Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Trombone (Bass clef) and Woodwind (Concert pitch) The pieces have been written in a variety of styles and progress is nice and slow! Children will learn up to 6 notes including crotchets, minims, quavers, semibreves and their corresponding rest. Backing tracks are included for all of the pieces and there is an option to view the music with or without notes. These pieces are tried and tested with the children I teach in my own school and they love them :)
Spring by Vivaldi classroom arrangement
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Spring by Vivaldi classroom arrangement

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This is a classroom arrangement of Spring by Vivaldi for tuned percussion and/or Boom Whackers. The colours intentionally match the colours of Boom Whackers and various percussion instruments for ease. Enjoy!
Shosholoza
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Shosholoza

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This is a classroom arrangement of the South African song, Shosholoza. It features three vocal parts and a music arrangement for classroom instruments including Djembes, tuned percussion and guitars/ukuleles. Boom Whackers could easily play the same parts as well. All notes are coloured to match Boom Whackers and various percussion instruments. Enjoy!
Musical stories
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Musical stories

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In this topic the children will be given the opportunity to develop their compositional skills by writing music for their own version of the well known musical story Peter and the Wolf as well as helping to create their own musical story.The children will be able to creatively think about how different instruments/sounds/textures can help to portray a particular character, creature and/or emotion. The children will be given the task of creating their own story using pictures and writing and then adding a musical score to it. This topic will also allow the children to continue developing their singing skills by singing the fun song ‘Shake my sillies out’ as well as developing their musical thinking skills by determining which sounds/instruments suit certain scenarios/characters/scenes the best. This topic is very engaging from start to finish with plenty of activities and original lesson starters, Enjoy!
The History of Music: Part 2
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The History of Music: Part 2

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In this topic the children will explore music from the 1920’s up to the present day. It continues on from the History of music and musical instruments: Part 1. The class will spend time looking at the different decades & developing an understand of how not only instruments have evolved & changed but musical styles too. The styles including: Jazz, Blues, Bebop, Swing, Big band, Ragtime, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Pop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Country, Folk, Rock, Metal, Brit pop, Disco, Punk, Hip hop and Grunge.There are opportunities to learn to play different styles of music & sing songs from the different decades.The class will become immersed in the music that has helped create the music we listen to today. This topic is full of practical activities & is fun from start to finish. I have written it to last 8 weeks but there is room for extending it. All of my pics are sound clips which are NOT included. I've also used font AR CHRISTY!