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Music teacher in Burnley. Been teaching 3 years. Current spec AQA GCSE Music.

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Music teacher in Burnley. Been teaching 3 years. Current spec AQA GCSE Music.
Key Stage 3 Music Cover Booklet - Great for learning at home!
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Key Stage 3 Music Cover Booklet - Great for learning at home!

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Booklet for cover work for Key Stage 3 Music lessons. Each activity/page should last at least an hour (I have used them for this long). Includes 5 tasks - elements of music description, designing your own radio show, musical futures/band work, film music and writing your own pop or rap song. Could easily cover five theoretical lessons (cover, removal, difficult classes, etc.) Does not need a Music classroom to complete. Just need to print booklet and give to a student with paper! Suitable for non-specialist teachers as well as learning at home resources.
Key Stage 3 Music Cover Work Booklet 2 - Great for home learning!
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Key Stage 3 Music Cover Work Booklet 2 - Great for home learning!

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Cover work booklet to be used for one off Music cover lessons where a computer room is not accessible. Each activity/page should last at least an hour (I have used them for this long). Includes "Design Your Own Musical Instrument" (6 small tasks), "Decorate The Ukulele", "Decorate The Djembe", "Design Your Own Record Label" (6 short tasks), "Planning Your Own Festival" (7 short tasks) and "Features Of Pop Music Comprehension" (A4 written passage with 15 questions to answer from this). Could easily cover five or six theoretical lessons (cover, removal, difficult classes, etc.) Does not need a Music classroom to complete. Just need to print booklet and give to a student with paper! Suitable for non-specialist teachers as well. Great for preparing for urgent cover, removal work or learning at home.
AQA GCSE Music Contemporary British Folk Music New Specification
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AQA GCSE Music Contemporary British Folk Music New Specification

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Presentation describing key features of Contemporary British Folk Music for the new specification of AQA GCSE Music (Area of Study 3). Lesson outcomes are included, as are some brief context, rhythm and tempo, timbre, traditional folk instruments, modern instruments, melody, structure/form and texture and then an example of this. On blue background for dyslexic pupils or those with Irlam's.
Blues Music AQA GCSE Music New Specification
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Blues Music AQA GCSE Music New Specification

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Blues Music presentation and task for AQA GCSE Music New Specification. PowerPoint has starter of link between two artists and harmonic link (good for aural training), then covers context, instruments, rhythm, swung rhythms, shuffle beats, blues scale, melodic features, chord sequence, walking bass line, structure, 16 bar patterns and features of jazz. Performance task of playing 12 bar blues chords with drummers playing swung rhythms and vocalists making a mash-up of Mercy, Candyman and When The Love Runs Out (lyrics sheet provided). Took about two hours in our lesson. Learning outcomes and keywords provided for schools that need this.
Expressionism and Serialism AQA GCSE Music New Specification
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Expressionism and Serialism AQA GCSE Music New Specification

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PowerPoint presentation and fill in the blank activity on Serialism and Expressionism for AQA GCSE Music, new specification. 14 slide presentation with expected progress, better than expected progress and key words detailed. Presentation covers context and features of expressionism, how serialism came about, how to make a twelve tone row, information on Schoenberg, techniques used and features of Serialism, information on Peripetie as an example and a compositional task, where students make their own twelve tone rows, apply techniques and then layer them (we will be doing this on GarageBand but can be done as a class in performance or on any music technology software).
AQA GCSE Music New Specification British Music AoS 4
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AQA GCSE Music New Specification British Music AoS 4

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Relating to the new specification GCSE Music for AQA. Area of Study 4 - Western Classical Tradition since 1910. Covers Malcolm Arnold and his "Tam O'Shanter Overture", Benjamin Britten and his works, "War Requiem" and "Peter Grimes", Peter Maxwell Davies and "The Yellow Cake Revue" and John Tavener with "The Whale" and "The Lamb". Two tasks - one halfway through to try to make sounds musically and second one at the end to develop one of these ideas into a piece. Learning outcomes at the beginning for schools that require this.
Broadway Musicals 1950s to Present Day Powerpoint AQA GCSE Music
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Broadway Musicals 1950s to Present Day Powerpoint AQA GCSE Music

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Broadway Musicals 1950s-Present Day presentation. Links to AQA GCSE Music New Specification. Covers brief context of musicals, styles of musicals, types of voice and song, cross genres with books and films, themes and influences and lyrics. Task at the end for pupils to cover a song from a musical themselves. Including pupils making the musical number (we did a medley from "We Will Rock You"), took two hours. Suggested YouTube links are at the bottom of "Types of Song" page. Lesson objectives are at the bottom of each slide for schools that follow this policy.
AQA GCSE Music New Specification Area of Study Four - Western Classical Tradition Since 1910
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AQA GCSE Music New Specification Area of Study Four - Western Classical Tradition Since 1910

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All of the resources I used to teach AQA GCSE Music New Specification, Area of Study 4 - Western Classical Tradition Since 1910. Includes British Music with Arnold, Britten, Maxwell Davies and Tavener, Kodaly and Bartok with Hungarian Folk Music, Minimalism with Riley, Reich and Adams and Serialism. Mixture of tasks and presentations. Learning objectives on each presentation.
AQA GCSE Music New Specification Kodály and Bartok Hungarian Folk Music
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AQA GCSE Music New Specification Kodály and Bartok Hungarian Folk Music

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Presentation for AQA GCSE Music New Specification for Area of Study Four (Western Classical Tradition Since 1910) - Kodaly and Bartok. Pupils were set a task the lesson before to research Kodaly and Bartok (context, type of music, features of this style of music, famous pieces, Kodaly method of singing, influences, etc). This presentation is to fill in any gaps they may have missed out and look at some pieces. Covers context, elements of Hungarian folk music, impressionist music, Hary Janos suite, Dances of Galanta, Concerto for Orchestra, Romanian folk dances for Orchestra and Divertimento. YouTube links are provided, as are lesson objectives.
Computer Game Music AQA GCSE Music New Specification
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Computer Game Music AQA GCSE Music New Specification

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Presentation on Computer Game Music for the new specification AQA GCSE Music. Covers features of early and modern computer game music, with an example of each, ways of developing motifs and a task for pupils to make their own game music with a suggested clip in notes or develop their ideas to help with composition. On a blue background to help some dyslexic pupils. Learning outcomes on each slide for schools that follow this policy. Wider listening link included. Took about an hour and a half with composition task. Images removed for copyright reasons.
Revision - GCSE Music Edexcel
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Revision - GCSE Music Edexcel

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Key word revision game to fit GCSE Music Edexcel Old Specification. Key word comes up on screen, students have to write down their answer either on mini-whiteboard or book or teacher can pick on an individual for an answer. Answer is then on next slide for students to check their answer on write down for revision. Words suitable for all set works. 23 key words.
Caribbean Music - AQA GCSE Music - New Specification
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Caribbean Music - AQA GCSE Music - New Specification

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Presentation on Caribbean Music for the new specification of GCSE Music AQA - AoS 3. Pictures of unfamiliar instruments and YouTube clips for different styles of music are included. Presentation covers Context, Instruments, Steel Pans, Calypso Context, Features of Calypso, Mento, Son, Merengue and Zouk. Learning outcomes and key words are included for schools that require this.
AQA GCSE Music Jazz New Specification
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AQA GCSE Music Jazz New Specification

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Features of Jazz Music for new specification of AQA GCSE Music. Contains learning objectives and coloured background for dyslexic students. Covers Context, Instruments, Big Band, Chicago, New Orleans, Bebop, Rhythm, Features of Melody, Harmony and Other Features. Audio clips are embedded into the file.
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Analysis AQA GCSE Music New Specification
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Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Analysis AQA GCSE Music New Specification

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PowerPoint and homework/class time essay task for 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'. Fits with AQA GCSE Music New Specification. Learning outcomes on second slide for school's that need these. Analysis includes context, structure, melody, instruments, tonality and harmony, rhythm and metre, chorus, accompaniment and technology used. YouTube links and pictures removed for copyright reasons, but can be added easily. Took about two hours in class with written task as well.
AQA GCSE Music New Specification Area of Study 2 - Popular Music
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AQA GCSE Music New Specification Area of Study 2 - Popular Music

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The resources I used for teaching Area of Study 2 - Popular Music for AQA GCSE Music (New Specification). Includes With A Little Help From My Friends Analysis, Broadway Musicals, Computer Game Music, Features of Pop Music, Film Music, Rock Music and Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. Presentations and tasks. Lesson objectives on each presentation.
Christmas Lesson for All!
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Christmas Lesson for All!

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Seven round Christmas lesson, including word-search, crossword, Christmas film quiz, 2017 quiz, anagrams, name the Christmas song in pictures and Christmas songs quiz. Answers included for all and worksheets with answer sheet at front included as well. Keeps classes busy for an hour. Suitable for Key Stages 2-4 (Years 6 - 11). Can easily be left as cover during seasonal events. Happy Christmas!
Minimalism - AQA GCSE Music, New Specification, Area of Study 4
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Minimalism - AQA GCSE Music, New Specification, Area of Study 4

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Presentation on Minimalism to fit with new spec GCSE Music AQA - Area of Study 4 (Western Classical Tradition Since 1910). Covers roots of minimalism, John Cage, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and John Adams, and the suggested listening. Lists of features of minimalism and techniques used, with practical task at the end where students are given a melodic cell and told to develop in minimalistic style with suggested techniques. This was originally done on GarageBand, but could be done as a class ensemble. Learning objectives included.
Film Music Quiz/Appreciation/Cover - Excellent for end of term Year 9s!
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Film Music Quiz/Appreciation/Cover - Excellent for end of term Year 9s!

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Lesson on Film Music Appreciation with corresponding worksheet. Students are shown 6 film clips and have to answer questions on texture, instruments, dynamics, features, atmosphere, etc. YouTube links and answers are provided. My Year 9 classes loved this, and were shocked that questions such as describe the dynamics were on the GCSE papers! Lesson objectives included for schools that require this.
AQA GCSE Music Salsa and Samba New Specification
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AQA GCSE Music Salsa and Samba New Specification

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Presentation for AQA GCSE Music New Specification on Salsa and Samba music (Area of Study 3 - Traditional Music. Contains audio clips of examples and some pictures of instruments etc. Learning objectives included. Looks at context of Salsa, Clave rhythms, Salsa structure, Samba key features, Samba beat, Instruments and Call and response.