Powerpoint and accompanying worksheet for a 5 week module on African Drumming. The first lesson covers basics about music from Africa and involves activities to introduce the concepts call & response, ostinato and improvisation on African drums. Contact me if you want more info on the kinds of practical games/activities I use with the class. The YouTube link can be found on the Powerpoint.This is a great little topic. Enjoy!
Here is an examples sheet and a worksheet to help pupils practise dictation from the set works. Apologies - the PDF has inserted blank pages after every page, hopefully you can cope with this ok. I would do the exercises first and then afterwards give them the sheet of examples to revise from. You may want to add the correct rhythms abpove the stave (as is done in the exam) so that pupils can focus on pitch alone.
A worksheet for pupils to complete when they first listen to the set work by Capercaillie. I've made it available in Publisher as well as PDF format, so that you can amend/improve as you wish.
This is my attempt to relate classical music to something visual, so that pupils better understand what it's all about. Choose two musical excerpts carefully for the second question - one baroque and one very obviously classical (e.g. clarinet concerto in 'A' 1st mvt), as it's surprising how many classical pieces don't seem to match with general definitions about the classical style!
A worksheet to help pupils transcribe melodies. You may wish to write a rhythm above the empty bar(s) before photocopying so that pupils can focus on pitch alone. Then you need to make up a melody for the gaps, play it on the piano and have the pupils attempt to write it down! The worksheet is available here in Publisher and PDF versions.
Here pupils must match up the definitions (binary form, rondo form etc) with an example (AB, ABACA etc). It includes sonata form but you could take this one out if you haven't covered this yet. Available here as Publisher and PDF documents.
Behold! This document maps out all the key skills that pupils need for their aural exam, and offers advice on how to improve at these different aspects. You will need to amend the right-hand column ('what I can I do to improve at this?') to match what you have covered in class and any other resources you have available. But I left in my advice so that you can get some ideas. Plus quite a few of the worksheets I refer to have been uploaded onto the TES website anyhow.
This hefty document that can be made into a booklet for your pupils to revise from. It contains key facts about all the set works, relating to structure, harmony, instrumentation etc. As there's a lot of information here, I found it useful to talk through how this could be used at home when revising. We then tried out different ways of revising from the booklet (testing each other, writing down key facts and memorising etc). Available here as Publisher as well as PDF in case you wish you amend/simplify.
Every answer listed on these sheets would not get the mark - but can your pupils work out why, and then amend the phrase to make the answer worthy of a mark? They are related to the Edexcel set works but I'm sure you could change some of the phrases to make them more generic if you&'re doing another board. You may want to change the title to something more positive... Enjoy!
This sheet gives guidance on how to work out what modulation is taking place, in preparation for the AS aural tests. This sheet follows the AQA examining board - if you teach another boad just check whether any other moduations are possibole and amend the sheet accordingly. Available here as PDF and Publisher files. Hope it's useful!
This Powerpoint and accompanying worksheet recaps points from week 1 and introduces a few instruments to the class. By the end of this lesson pupils should have a clear understanding of call & response, ostinato and improvisation, and should have chosen their groups, ready to put a piece together. At this point you could also introduce some more complex rhythms to help build technique. YouTube links can be found on the Powerpoint. They are great clips. Enjoy!
This activity is to help students to revise all key terms required for A level music. You can amend the words to suit AS or A level students.
Once your pupils have grasped the key aspects of music from Africa, you could instroduce the set work by asking pupils to complete a mind map as they listen for the first time. Available here in Word and Publisher versions.
Here's a nice little homework task for your GCSE lot. There are six pages here, each with a different topic for your pupils to research. Depending on your pupils' abilities, you may wish to amend the topics or only use a few of them. I've added the resource as a Publisher document as well as PDF.
This is more of aninformation sheet rather than a worksheet, but it does include a short activity so that you can ensure your pupils are actually taking in what it says! Uploaded here in PDF and Publisher formats.
This guide contains info/handouts covering intervals, scales, key signatures, triads, chords cadences and inversions. I've tried to make it as user-friendly as possible. I hope it's useful.
This is a quiz with various rounds (general round, harder questions, picture round, listening round) and I had pupils work in teams of three. I gave the teams 10 mins at the start of the lesson to revise the Chopin set work and write any notes, that can be used during the quiz. Available here as Publisher and PDF versions. Enjoy!
This is to help pupils gauge where they're at with theory throughout their GCSE music course. I've made it available in Publisher as well as PDF formats, so that you can amend/improve as you wish.
Here are three worksheets (Pulisher+PDF versions available for each) related to categorising instruments from Africa.
Some activities to help your pupils gain an A star for Rag Desh in their exam
These two pages cover what I think are the main aspects of 'Something's Coming'. You could use them to help pupils draw together all their knowledge - once you have taught the, about blues scale, tritone, cross-rhythms etc. Available here in Publisher and PDF formats.