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KS3, GCSE & A level Music and Music Technology Resource Base

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A place to find detailed, comprehensive and great value resources to supplement and support your teaching and your pupils

A place to find detailed, comprehensive and great value resources to supplement and support your teaching and your pupils
Western Classical Music - The Romantic Era
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Western Classical Music - The Romantic Era

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The third Powerpoint in a series of four exploring the musical features and development of Western Classical Music within (and slightly after) the Common Practice Period. This Powerpoint, designed to aid the teaching of The Romantic Period, includes a brief exploration of relevant musical features and the historical context in which the music was written. Includes: Musical and video examples (embedded YouTube clips) Relevant Composers A brief exploration of the musical and historical context
Western Classical Music - The Classical Era
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Western Classical Music - The Classical Era

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The second Powerpoint in a series of four exploring the musical features and development of Western Classical Music within (and slightly after) the Common Practice Period. This Powerpoint, designed to aid the teaching of The Classical Period, includes a brief exploration of relevant musical features and the historical context in which the music was written. Includes: Musical and video examples (embedded YouTube clips) Relevant Composers A brief exploration of the musical and historical context Homework/classwork tasks
Western Classical Music Bundle  (Baroque - 20th Century)
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Western Classical Music Bundle (Baroque - 20th Century)

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All four Powerpoints exploring the musical features and historical context of Western Classical Music from The Baroque Era through to the 20th Century. Please see individual resources in the shop for information regarding content Four resources for less than the price of 3!
Tape Recorders and Characteristics of Tape  (Technical Knowledge - A Level Music Technology)
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Tape Recorders and Characteristics of Tape (Technical Knowledge - A Level Music Technology)

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This is an in-depth exploration of the characteristics of tape, and the nature of recordings made with tape. This resource also explores all of the essential knowledge pupils require regarding the anatomy of a tape machine, and also an introduction to the editing process when recording with tape. This resource is a great way to improve pupils’ (and teachers’) knowledge and understanding of a technology that is rarely practised but is an essential part of the specification. Includes: Magnetic Tape anatomy Tape Machine anatomy Tape head develops and explanation AC Bias Saturation + Soft Clipping Drift, Wow, and Flutter Print-through Cross-talk This resource is also an excellent companion to the upcoming ‘Sound of Popular Music’ series, in which the historical context of this tape technology is explored in more detail, providing pupils with a solid foundation upon which to build high quality extended answers, rich in both technical and contextual information.
The Recordings of Joe Meek & Phil Spector (The Sound of Popular Music - A Level Music Technology)
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The Recordings of Joe Meek & Phil Spector (The Sound of Popular Music - A Level Music Technology)

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In this resource, we explore the trailblazing recording and production techniques of Joe Meek and Phil Spector in the 1950s-60s. We explore how they crafted their own vision of recorded music, and how they manipulated their sound in unique and innovative ways to pave the way for the ‘modern producer’, rather than engineers in lab coats. This resource is fully animated for ease of delivery, and contains many embedded audio examples. It also contains an exam-style comparison question between Meek and Spector’s work. This resource is part of the ’Sound of Popular Music’ series. This series is designed carefully to allow pupils to draw parallels between their musical, historical, practical, and technical knowledge, and further appreciate how developments in Music Technology shaped the course of popular music throughout the 20th Century. In doing so, pupils are better equipped to deal with exam-style questions, particularly extended responses. I hope you and your pupils enjoy this resource!
Orchestral Instruments - Playing Techniques
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Orchestral Instruments - Playing Techniques

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A presentation that outlines different orchestral instrument families (except percussion - see note below) and common playing techniques, including many audio-visual and notation examples. This resource could be used as an extension of an ‘Instruments of the Orchestra’ Scheme of Work, or as a resource for GCSE and A level Music pupils who are developing their composition skills. The audio/video examples come from a wide variety of composers within the classical tradition, exposing pupils to music outside of the normal syllabus. Where possible, the videos not only provide an audio stimulus but also a visual one, where the pupils can see the technique in action and/or what it looks like on a score. I hope you enjoy this resource. NB - The Percussion section is not included in this resource, as there are a huge number of unusual playing techniques specific to each individual piece of percussion; too many to cover in a short presentation.
Harmony - Extended and Altered Chords
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Harmony - Extended and Altered Chords

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This is a great resource to supplement the teaching of more advanced harmony, particularly in the creation of sevenths, further extended, and altered chords. ***PDF included to avoid any formatting issues. *** This resource is fully animated for ease of delivery, and is set up for use during remote learning. Pupils often struggle to achieve good marks with harmony in composition, and this resource is perfect for aiding and enhancing composition with sevenths, extended, and altered chords at both **GCSE and A Level. ** This resource will also support the teaching of a number of jazz, pop, or film-based set works across many different boards, and could also be used to help more able younger pupils extend their knowledge. I hope you enjoy this resource!
Film Music - Leitmotifs (KS3/KS4)
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Film Music - Leitmotifs (KS3/KS4)

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This lesson resource introduces pupils to Leitmotifs, and how they can be used to deepen our connection with characters, places, things, or ideas within a film. It also explores how manipulation of musical elements changes our perception of a character or mood, even when using the same Leitmotif. With a number of embedded musical examples, this resource is designed to expose pupils to a wide range of genres. This Film Music resource comes with two built-in task and a double-sided worksheet, and all files come in editable formats so that you can adjust the lesson to suit your pupils. It also includes PDF files in case of formatting issues. This resource is perfect for KS3 pupils just starting out on their musical journey, or for KS4 pupils as an introduction to the Film Music Set Works at GCSE in all major exam boards. You could use this Film Music resource as a supplement lesson in your own Scheme of Work, or buy it as part of the HiggsTeach Film Music Bundle, which comes with a full Scheme of Work as well as Bonus material to push your highest ability pupils even further with their composition. I hope you and your pupils enjoy this resource!
Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (Set Work Study - GCSE Music)
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Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (Set Work Study - GCSE Music)

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This resource and accompanying worksheet will aid your delivery of the content required for the Samba em Preludio - Esperanza Spalding set work as part of the Edexcel GCSE Music course. This resource would easily cover a series of lessons and can be worked through at your own/your pupils’ pace. This PowerPoint includes all the relevant information and knowledge required to understand this set work, including an in depth exploration of the harmony in Samba em Preludio - Esperanza Spalding. It is fully animated for ease of delivery, includes embedded video examples, and is optimised for either classroom learning or remote learning. This resource also includes an example of a past question (and the mark scheme) to expose pupils to the types of questions they might face. The PDF of the powerpoint is included to avoid formatting issues, but does not include the interactivity. I hope you and your pupils enjoy this resource!
Synthesis 101 (A Level Music Technology)
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Synthesis 101 (A Level Music Technology)

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This resource is a great place to start when introducing Synthesis to A Level Music Technology students. It introduces the three main processes/components involved in subtractive synthesis: Oscillators, Filters, and Envelopes. This Powerpoint is fully animated to allow for ease of delivery and is designed to spark curiosity about synthesis and synthesisers, ready for further development throughout later lessons. This resource also contains a task to foster creative exploration within a variety of software instruments. This resource contains essential knowledge for A Level students, particularly for Technology-Based Composition (All boards) and for their Component 3 & 4 exams (Edexcel specific). I hope you and your pupils enjoy this resource! NB This resource is written with Logic X as DAW in mind. It is easily adaptable for Cubase, Ableton, or any other DAW.
Motown (The Sound of Popular Music - A Level Music Technology)
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Motown (The Sound of Popular Music - A Level Music Technology)

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This resource is part of the ’Sound of Popular Music’ series. This series is designed carefully to allow pupils to draw parallels between their musical, historical, practical, and technical knowledge, and further appreciate how developments in Music Technology shaped the course of popular music throughout the 20th Century. In doing so, pupils are better equipped to deal with exam-style questions, particularly extended responses. This resource charts the rise of Motown, and how a consistent approach to recording, massive output, and a focus on quality made Motown a force to be reckoned with in the 1960s. This resource also explores the Motown ‘process’, and what it was that gave Motown its distinctive sound. I hope you and your pupils enjoy this resource!
Rock'n'Roll (The Sound of Popular Music - A Level Music Technology)
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Rock'n'Roll (The Sound of Popular Music - A Level Music Technology)

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This resource explores the explosion in popularity of Rock’n’Roll with the first ‘post-war’ generation, and how improvements in recording (pioneered by Sam Phillips and other influential artists/engineers/studios) and the availability and mass-distribution of records paved the way for the first pop mega-stars. This resource is part of the ’Sound of Popular Music’ series. This series is designed carefully to allow pupils to draw parallels between their musical, historical, practical, and technical knowledge, and further appreciate how developments in Music Technology shaped the course of popular music throughout the 20th Century. In doing so, pupils are better equipped to deal with exam-style questions, particularly extended responses. I hope you and your pupils enjoy this resource!
The Electric Guitar (Technical Knowledge - A Level Music Technology)
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The Electric Guitar (Technical Knowledge - A Level Music Technology)

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This resource is an exploration of the electric guitar, including it’s history, construction, and electronics. This resource explores all the relevant information needed to be successful at A Level Music Technology. This resource is a great way to improve pupils’ (and teachers’) knowledge and understanding of technology that is rarely practised/used by most but is an essential part of the specification. Includes: Brief History Construction of different types of electric guitar single coil and humbucker pickups An overview of outboard effects and modifications This resource is also an excellent companion to the upcoming ‘Sound of Popular Music’ series, in which the historical context of this technology is explored in more detail, providing pupils with a solid foundation upon which to build high quality extended answers, rich in both technical and contextual information.
Western Classical Music - The Baroque Era
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Western Classical Music - The Baroque Era

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The first Powerpoint in a series of four exploring the musical features and development of Western Classical Music within (and slightly after) the Common Practice Period. This Powerpoint, designed to aid the teaching of The Baroque Period, includes a brief exploration of relevant musical features and the historical context in which the music was written. Includes: Musical and video examples (embedded YouTube clips) Relevant Composers A brief exploration of the musical and historical context Homework/classwork tasks
Western Classical Music - 20th Century
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Western Classical Music - 20th Century

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The final Powerpoint in a series of four exploring the weird and wonderful world of Western Classical Music after the Common Practice Period at the beginning of, and throughout, the 20th Century. Whilst focusing on musical features, this resource also breaks down some of the thinking behind the music in simple ways that pupils can digest. NB - As the 20th century contains many different approaches and styles, this resource explores only Impressionism and Modernism Includes: Musical and video examples (embedded YouTube clips) Relevant Composers A brief exploration of the musical and historical context Homework/classwork tasks
Vivaldi: Concerto in D Minor (Set Work Wider Listening - A Level Music)
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Vivaldi: Concerto in D Minor (Set Work Wider Listening - A Level Music)

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This resource is designed to supplement the teaching of the Edexcel A Level set work ‘Vivaldi: Concerto in D Minor (Op. 3, No.11)’ This powerpoint will give pupils an introduction to pieces of music that will enrich their extended answers, in a way that clearly links them to features in the set work. It also includes embedded audio/video examples for ease of delivery. This resource should also inspire pupils to listen around the set work, and discover new and exciting music that will complement their A Level Study. I hope you and your pupils enjoy this resource!
Early Tape Technology (The Sound of Popular Music - A Level Music Technology)
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Early Tape Technology (The Sound of Popular Music - A Level Music Technology)

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This resource is part of the ’Sound of Popular Music’ series. This series is designed carefully to allow pupils to draw parallels between their musical, historical, practical, and technical knowledge, and further appreciate how developments in Music Technology shaped the course of popular music throughout the 20th Century. In doing so, pupils are better equipped to deal with exam-style questions, particularly extended responses. In this resource, we explore the early developments of tape technology pre- and post- WWII. This will give pupils a basic understanding of the relative recency of recording technology, and the rapid rise and immense popularity of recorded media. This resource contains a ‘recording comparison’ task, that could be used either as a classwork or homework task. I hope you and your pupils enjoy this resource!
Chord Creation Grid - Harmonic Minor
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Chord Creation Grid - Harmonic Minor

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A grid to quickly allow students to work out the correct chords in any major key. Can be used with younger pupils who are just starting their compositional journeys or more GCSE or A Level pupils who need a quick compositional reference tool.
Chord Creation Grid - Major keys
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Chord Creation Grid - Major keys

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A grid to quickly allow students to work out the correct chords in any major key. Can be used with younger pupils who are just starting their compositional journeys or more GCSE or A Level pupils who need a quick compositional reference tool.