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I'm Head of Music with a great love for technology and a passion for the flipped learning concept. My first 'Virtual Textbook' (a series of student-friendly videos with matching homework tasks) has been so successful that I am now seeking to branch out into BTEC courses and other GCSE boards. I welcome contact and/or feedback about any of my projects and also enjoy collaboration with other professionals.

I'm Head of Music with a great love for technology and a passion for the flipped learning concept. My first 'Virtual Textbook' (a series of student-friendly videos with matching homework tasks) has been so successful that I am now seeking to branch out into BTEC courses and other GCSE boards. I welcome contact and/or feedback about any of my projects and also enjoy collaboration with other professionals.
BTEC First Award for Music Resources
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BTEC First Award for Music Resources

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A set of resources to help staff and students with the unit 1 exam i the BTEC First Award in Music: 3 Virtual Textbook flipped learning resources. A job roles/careers wall display aimed at helping with unit 1. All unit 1 past paper questions arranged by topic area. Personal Learning Checklists and student-friendly exam analysis document.
OCR GCSE Music (9-1 Spec) Area of Study 2 - Concerto Through Time  'Virtual Textbook' Resources
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OCR GCSE Music (9-1 Spec) Area of Study 2 - Concerto Through Time 'Virtual Textbook' Resources

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This is a scheme of learning to help students learn about Area of Study 2 - The Concerto Through Time on the new 9-1 OCR GCSE Music specification. The listening paper is usually found to be the most difficult part of the exam and is now 40% of the qualification. The scheme is based around a ‘virtual textbook’ - a YouTube playlist available for free: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNeHS3oeH242gKpGrZAA-xvafcIOjjpw6 APRIL 2018 - due to the success of the virtual textbook, it has been necessary to move the videos out to their own bespoke YouTube channel. All resources have been updated so that links and QR codes are correct. The old videos/playlist will no longer be maintained and may disappear. The resources for each video are: Homework flipped-learning worksheet (these include the links and QR codes to the correct video so students can access the work) Exemplar completed homework worksheet Exam question (at least one for each video) Exam question mark scheme Exemplar answer for those questions that involve extended writing PLC for each topic Stickers so that students can stick the links in their books for revision Matching Kahoot quiz links Please note - Nearly all of the videos contain copyrighted material, the use of this material is within YouTube’s copyright guidelines but does mean that some videos are DISABLED ON MOBILE DEVICES. My YouTube channel is NOT monetised. All PowerPoint files were created on PowerPoint for Mac, this can result in some formatting issues which are easily corrected - a PDF version is supplied for printing.
OCR GCSE Music Virtual Textbook
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OCR GCSE Music Virtual Textbook

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Complete bundle containing all the resources for the OCR GCSE Music ‘Virtual Textbook’ - a flipped learning approach to tackling the 4 Areas of Study examined in the 40% listening paper. Complete playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNeHS3oeH242gKpGrZAA-xvafcIOjjpw6
OCR GCSE Music (9-1 Spec) Area of Study 4 - Film Music 'Virtual Textbook' Flipped Learning Resources
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OCR GCSE Music (9-1 Spec) Area of Study 4 - Film Music 'Virtual Textbook' Flipped Learning Resources

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This is a scheme of learning to help students learn about Area of Study 4 - Film Music on the new 9-1 OCR GCSE Music specification. The listening paper is usually found to be the most difficult part of the exam and is now 40% of the qualification. The scheme is based around a ‘virtual textbook’ - a YouTube playlist available for free: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNeHS3oeH242gKpGrZAA-xvafcIOjjpw6 APRIL 2018 - due to the success of the virtual textbook, it has been necessary to move the videos out to their own bespoke YouTube channel. All resources have been updated so that links and QR codes are correct. The old videos/playlist will no longer be maintained and may disappear. The resources for each video are: Homework flipped-learning worksheet (these include the links and QR codes to the correct video so students can access the work) Exemplar completed homework worksheet Exam question (at least one for each video) Exam question mark scheme Exemplar answer for those questions that involve extended writing PLC for each topic Stickers so that students can stick the links in their books for revision Please note - Nearly all of the videos contain copyrighted material, the use of this material is within YouTube’s copyright guidelines but does mean that some videos are DISABLED ON MOBILE DEVICES. My YouTube channel is NOT monetised. All PowerPoint files were created on PowerPoint for Mac, this can result in some formatting issues which are easily corrected - a PDF version is supplied for printing.
OCR GCSE Music (9-1 Spec) Area of Study 3 - Rhythms of the World 'Virtual Textbook' Resources
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OCR GCSE Music (9-1 Spec) Area of Study 3 - Rhythms of the World 'Virtual Textbook' Resources

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This is a scheme of learning to help students learn about Area of Study 3 - Rhythms of the World on the new 9-1 OCR GCSE Music specification. The listening paper is usually found to be the most difficult part of the exam and is now 40% of the qualification. The scheme is based around a ‘virtual textbook’ - a YouTube playlist available for free: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNeHS3oeH242gKpGrZAA-xvafcIOjjpw6 APRIL 2018 - due to the success of the virtual textbook, it has been necessary to move the videos out to their own bespoke YouTube channel. All resources have been updated so that links and QR codes are correct. The old videos/playlist will no longer be maintained and may disappear. The resources for each video are: Homework flipped-learning worksheet (these include the links and QR codes to the correct video so students can access the work) Exemplar completed homework worksheet Exam question (at least one for each video) Exam question mark scheme Exemplar answer for those questions that involve extended writing PLC for each topic Stickers so that students can stick the links in their books for revision Matching Kahoot quiz links Please note - Nearly all of the videos contain copyrighted material, the use of this material is within YouTube’s copyright guidelines but does mean that some videos are DISABLED ON MOBILE DEVICES. My YouTube channel is NOT monetised. All PowerPoint files were created on PowerPoint for Mac, this can result in some formatting issues which are easily corrected - a PDF version is supplied for printing.
OCR GCSE Music (9-1 Spec) Area of Study 5 - Conventions of Pop 'Virtual Textbook' Resources
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OCR GCSE Music (9-1 Spec) Area of Study 5 - Conventions of Pop 'Virtual Textbook' Resources

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This is a scheme of learning to help students learn about Area of Study 5 - Conventions of Pop on the new 9-1 OCR GCSE Music specification. The listening paper is usually found to be the most difficult part of the exam and is now 40% of the qualification. The scheme is based around a ‘virtual textbook’ - a YouTube playlist available for free: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNeHS3oeH242gKpGrZAA-xvafcIOjjpw6 APRIL 2018 - due to the success of the virtual textbook, it has been necessary to move the videos out to their own bespoke YouTube channel. All resources have been updated so that links and QR codes are correct. The old videos/playlist will no longer be maintained and may disappear. The resources for each video are: Homework flipped-learning worksheet (these include the links and QR codes to the correct video so students can access the work) Exemplar completed homework worksheet Exam question (at least one for each video) Exam question mark scheme Exemplar answer for those questions that involve extended writing PLC for each topic Stickers so that students can stick the links in their books for revision Matching Kahoot quiz links Please note - Nearly all of the videos contain copyrighted material, the use of this material is within YouTube’s copyright guidelines but does mean that some videos are DISABLED ON MOBILE DEVICES. My YouTube channel is NOT monetised. All PowerPoint files were created on PowerPoint for Mac, this can result in some formatting issues which are easily corrected - a PDF version is supplied for printing.
Musical Timeline Display
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Musical Timeline Display

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This musical timeline forms the basis of my ks3 curriculum - each topic represents one lesson. The timeline runs from 1025 to the present day, with a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries but examples of Baroque, Classical and Romantic works too. It begins with stave notation being invented because all of my students learn to read stave and ends with students being encouraged to be the next step on the timeline. The whole concept is based on the concept of ‘big picture learning’ as encouraged in the TEEP cycle. Topics are identified in blue while the songs/works are identified in pink. Some of the topics may seem a little obscure (SATB for example) but it must be considered that the timeline forms the basis of my lessons and I wanted to explore voice types. Editing of the display is encouraged, but please give credit where credit is due. Each posters includes a QR code that links directly to the musical item on YouTube. The cover image shows the display printed and laminated at A4 size. A3 would need a lot of space as there are 36 posters. The arrows wouldn’t be needed if the timeline could be displayed in full (say on a corridor) but they do make following the line easier and they are included.
Musical World Map Display
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Musical World Map Display

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This musical world map features 13 topic areas and ties loosely with the OCR GCSE Area of Study 3 - Rhythms of the World. Topics: Brazil - Samba Trinidad and Tobago - Calypso USA - Blues African - drumming and a capella singing Europe and Russia - Western Classical Greece Israel and Palestine Indian The Punjab - Bhangra China Indonesia - Gamelan Australian All of the posters are designed to be printed A3 or A4, laminated and stapled/pinned together with string. Each poster features a QR code that either links to our videos on Rhythms of the World or to an example of the music on YouTube. Editing of the display is encouraged, but please give credit where credit is due. IMPORTANT - the cover image features an IKEA world map which is not included. A high resolution image of the map is included with the download. The IKEA version can be found here: https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/decoration/frames-pictures/mölltorp-blackboard-planner-plan-your-world-art-70319250/
BTEC First Award for Music - Unit 1 Exam Questions
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BTEC First Award for Music - Unit 1 Exam Questions

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Past exam papers are so useful – what better source of practice questions? But, other than a straight mock exam, the questions aren’t in the most useful format. This resource has all of the section A questions from all available past papers (7 papers, 84 questions) arranged by topic (as PowerPoint and PDF) so you can easily target certain areas (perhaps after a PLC check). They can be done very quickly as starters or plenaries, perhaps using student whiteboards. The three sections of the paper (including section A again) have then been divided up so that a quick lesson activity can be be completed rather than a whole paper. To help with planning, the first page of each PDF lists the topics involved in each part. The mark scheme is also provided, so everything can be printed off in one run. It’s so useful to give students the mark schemes! The questions have deliberately been left in their original font and format, this may look odd with the grids, but it’s important for students to get used to what the papers look like. Please note - there are no new questions here, they can all be had for free from Pearson, the resource has a small cost due to the amount of reorganisation that's gone on. The PowerPoint was created on a Mac, which can cause some formatting issues on PCs that are easily fixed. A PDF version is provided to aid printing and formatting.
BTEC First Award for Music - Royalties and Unions Flipped Learning Exam-Style Questions
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BTEC First Award for Music - Royalties and Unions Flipped Learning Exam-Style Questions

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This activity is designed to be used through the flipped learning model. For homework, students are asked to watch the video, which gives an overview of the topic area in an engaging and memorable way. Students then complete the exam-style questions (which are arranged into section A and section B/C-style questions. Mark schemes are provided to enable self/peer marking the following lesson. The resources are presented as both a PowerPoint and a PDF. A matching Kahoot quiz is linked on the end of the activity. Full playlist of all videos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BPdmaa5c3g&list=PLNeHS3oeH2407BRHJRpaWBaEfCdeHzxcg
BTEC First Award for Music - Job Roles Flipped Learning Exam-Style Questions
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BTEC First Award for Music - Job Roles Flipped Learning Exam-Style Questions

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This activity is designed to be used through the flipped learning model. For homework, students are asked to watch the video, which gives an overview of the topic area in an engaging and memorable way. Students then complete the exam-style questions (which are arranged into section A and section B/C-style questions). Mark schemes are provided to enable self/peer marking the following lesson. The resources are presented as both a PowerPoint and a PDF. A matching Kahoot quiz is linked on the end of the activity. Full playlist of all videos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BPdmaa5c3g&list=PLNeHS3oeH2407BRHJRpaWBaEfCdeHzxcg
BTEC First Award in Music - Unit 1 Personal Learning Checklists (PLC) and Analysis Tool
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BTEC First Award in Music - Unit 1 Personal Learning Checklists (PLC) and Analysis Tool

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Personal Learning Checklists for unit 1 of the BTEC First Award in Music. PLCs provide an excellent focus for students to assess their own knowledge prior to exams so that they can target their own revision. They also provide an excellent opportunity for reflection after mock exams. The specification for unit 1 has been broken down into student-friendly statements and each has a simple RAG (red, amber, green) tick box next to it for students to evaluate their knowledge. The language of the statements is based around the BTEC terminology of describe, explain and analyse. Students should complete all or part of the PLC on a regular basis, there is also a student analysis document (with a Guns 'n' Roses theme - we are studying the music industry after all!) to enable them to analyse their strengths and weaknesses and so target their future work and revision. The resources are supplied in two formats - PowerPoint and PDF. The PowerPoint file was created on a Mac, which may create some formatting issues for PC users. The PowerPoint is shared to enable to teachers to tweak the content, but please always remember the source. There are some specialised fonts employed, details of these are in the PowerPoint notes. The PDF version is ready for printing.
Music Classroom Displays
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Music Classroom Displays

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A bundle of 7 of our music displays. The instruments, timeline and world map displays include QR codes with links to real musical examples and help students to build their understanding. The careers display not only helps to show the many career paths in music but also ties directly to the content found in unit 1 of the BTEC First Award. The remaining displays are music theory focused.
Instruments of the Orchestra Wall Display
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Instruments of the Orchestra Wall Display

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This display is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the instruments of the orchestra. The different pages are colour coded by instrument family (strings, woodwind, brass, percussion plus keyboard and popular instruments) and each contains lots of information on the different instruments including range, tunings, the number found in an orchestra, terms to describe sound and much more. Many of the pages include QR codes, these link to the excellent series of videos produced by the Philharmonia orchestra. They give a great deal of insight into the workings of each instrument. The slides are designed to be printed A3 or A4, laminated and trimmed into rectangles. They then piece together. There are 66 pages in total - the finished display is quite large even with A4 printing. Editing of the display is encouraged, but please give credit where credit is due. IMPORTANT - the blue orchestra poster seen at the centre of the the cover image is produced by Daydream Education. It is not included in the price of this display. It is included because the rest of the display is designed to complement and enhance it (the colour coding is the same for example). It can be purchased here: https://www.daydreameducation.co.uk/poster-the-orchestra The display is also able to stand on its own without this poster.
Music Careers Display (CIAG/BTEC)
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Music Careers Display (CIAG/BTEC)

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This is a printable wall display that focuses on careers in the music industry. It was developed to fulfill two needs, a requirement for a CIAG-related display in my classroom and also to help pupils to understand the job roles featured in the specification for the BTEC First Award in music. The display features a brief explanation of each role together with the typical salary and the necessary qualifications. All 26 of the display elements can be seen in the preview section. They are designed to be printed A4, laminated and then pieced together.
BTEC First Award for Music - Venues Flipped Learning Exam-Style Questions
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BTEC First Award for Music - Venues Flipped Learning Exam-Style Questions

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This activity is designed to be used through the flipped learning model. For homework, students are asked to watch the video, which gives an overview of the topic area in an engaging and memorable way. Students then complete the exam-style questions (which are arranged into section A and section B/C-style questions). Mark schemes are provided to enable self/peer marking the following lesson. The resources are presented as both a PowerPoint and a PDF. A matching Kahoot quiz is linked on the end of the activity. Full playlist of all videos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BPdmaa5c3g&list=PLNeHS3oeH2407BRHJRpaWBaEfCdeHzxcg
Music Notation Display
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Music Notation Display

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This music notation display contains most of the elements necessary for ABRSM grade 1 theory. It’s a colourful and bold representation of clefs, note values (British and American names), rests, key signatures, beaming, acidentals, intervals and keyboard layout. It also has two large stave displays - a simple treble and bass layout and a more complex grand stave. The note colours on these displays match Boomwhacker colours. The picture shows the display up in my classroom - please note that the duration poster is sold by Daydream Education and the LISTEN & SILENT poster together with my ‘dos and don’ts’ poster are not included. It should also be noted that I had the grand stave image blown up into a banner, it’s included here as a PowerPoint slide. All of the posters are included in the preview section - they are provided as JPEGs, a PDF and a PowerPoint to enable editing and tweaking.
'Chords in Keys' Display
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'Chords in Keys' Display

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This is a MASSIVE display. It takes up most of my classroom’s ceiling when printed at A4. It’s designed to help understanding of chordal relationships within keys for students from ks3 upwards. It shows all of the chords within 8 keys - those identified in ABRSM gr 1 theory - up to two sharps or one flat, both major and minor. Every poster identifies the chord on a stave and using letter names as well as stating whether the chord is major, minor, diminished or augmented. There is also a colour coding to differentiate between primary and secondary chords. Students find it very useful for composition and theory exercises as it helps them to quickly identify relationships between keys and chords. It’s so massive, I can’t get a photograph of it but the format is as follows: CHORD I II III IV V VI VII KEY C MAJ G MAJ D MAJ F MAJ A MIN E MIN B MIN D MIN There is also a colour coded explanation of how intervals work. All of the slides can be seen on the preview (all 81 of them!) The display is presented as a PowerPoint file and a PDF. It could also work if printed A5 or if multiple slides were printed on single pages, but this would necessitate some creativity with the slide order.
Circle of Fifths Wall Display
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Circle of Fifths Wall Display

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This circle of fifths wall display is designed to present the concept simply. Each key has its own poster so that they can be easily arranged. There is the traditional ‘major on the outside’ and ‘minor on the inside’ approach, with hi res images of the key signatures. Th display is presented as a PowerPoint file (to enable editing or tweaking), a PDF and as JPEG files. All of the slides can be seen in the preview section. PLEASE NOTE - 7 sharp/flat keys are omitted deliberately to keep the display uniform and simple. It is aimed at GCSE-level students, whom I would suggest should be discouraged from composing in 7 sharps/flats!