Pitch -Do It Now A set of practical and paper based activities that can be used as lesson starters or activities while in-class admin is being done. Activities become progressively more challenging making differentiation easier. Aimed at KS3 students basic elements of music theory are introduced and reinforced through the set. Also available is the first in the series - Rhythm - Do It Now
Scheme of Work on protest songs ideal for KS3. 4 weeks (or more) of lessons on protest songs, focusing on song structure and song writing. Contains starters and plenary exercises for all lessons, practical singing opportunities as well as composition and listening, picking up on the elements of music which links, in turn to GCSE.
A seven week Scheme of Work on Minimalism with composing, listening, analysis and performing activities for both class and individual work. Listening exercises on a wide variety of minimalist pieces, including Kraftwerk Composing using minimalist techniques Appraising minimalist works in terms of techniques and their development Final lesson links minimalist techniques to more classical forms eg: passacaglia.
Use the Finale of Sibelius’s 5th symphony as a set work to explore dynamics in this self contained cover lesson with narration. Usable by specialists and non specialists alike it contains information and activities on the attached worksheet to complement the presentation contents and embed learning on dynamics.
Do It Now are a set of short, themed activities which can be done as starters to lessons or while the register is being taken or other administrative tasks. Rhythm Do It Now become progressively more challenging through the series. Activities are both paper based and practical, giving more options through the series. Also check out the Pitch - Do It Now series for more ideas.
A Scheme of Work for late KS3 - especially year 8 and 9 which explores the science of music. Starting with how we hear and speak/sing The Science of Music looks at how music is measured and how the elements of music (pitch/dynamics/timbre) effect its measurement. Famous musician-scientists are explored with a final composition task based on a scientific principle. Technology links are made with teaching on EQ adjustment, with instructional videos for several of the main DAW packages including GarageBand, BandLab and Audacity. The Science of Music includes practical experiments both with and without instruments and links to listening quizzes.