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Head of Department based in the Midlands. I've recently started uploading resources to TES. I hope you find them useful.

Head of Department based in the Midlands. I've recently started uploading resources to TES. I hope you find them useful.
Hooks and Riffs: Uptown Funk
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Hooks and Riffs: Uptown Funk

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I planned this lesson to teach KS3 how to use hooks and riffs in popular song. This works well when showing how short ideas can be used and layered to create a full song. This worksheet includes notation for the bassline, 2 additional chord layers (syncopated and dotted rhythm) and the hook. There is also a grid of 9 tasks which students can opt for. There is also a GarageBand project bundled in, which can be used to demonstrate the layers separately and together.
Hooks and Riffs: Ed Sheeran's Shape of You
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Hooks and Riffs: Ed Sheeran's Shape of You

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I planned this lesson to teach KS3 how to use hooks and riffs in popular song. This works well when showing how Ed Sheeran uses a loop pedal and layers short ideas to create a full song. This worksheet includes notation for the riffs, 2 additional layers (harmony and bassline) and the hook. There is also a grid of 9 tasks which students can opt for.
Composing Techniques
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Composing Techniques

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I created this booklet for Year 9 GCSE students. It introduces composition techniques, showing how to use devices in harmony, melody, rhythm, texture and timbre and dynamics to develop musical ideas. This is written for a beginner, though uses specific vocabulary such as chord names and Italian terminology in an accessible way. The contents of this guide: Introduction Structure - binary, ternary, rondo, pop song form, 32-bar form. Melody - sequence, steps/leaps, inversion Rhythm - ostinato, dotted rhythms, syncopation, triplets Harmony - related chords Texture - melody and accompaniment, counter-melody, imitation, canon, call and response Dynamics - forte, piano, crescendo, decrescendo Timbre - idiomatic writing
The Blues: Differentiated Literacy Worksheets
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The Blues: Differentiated Literacy Worksheets

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This literacy task was developed as part of a blues lesson, giving students context before a performance of the 12-bar blues. Included: - EAL (English as Additional Language) worksheet - Reading Age 10-12 - Reading Age 13-15 - Reading Age 16-17 All worksheets have a SMOG score, correlating to the level of reading difficulty.
Samba Band
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Samba Band

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I designed this resource for Year 8 when working on a ‘music for special occasions’ scheme of work. The melody is based on ‘Samba de Janeiro’ and encourages students to use a good technique when playing this on a piano/keyboard. There are also a variety of rhythms for students to learn, with accompanying phrases to help them remember them quickly. The grid allows self-differentiation when working in small groups. This tool is useful for mini-plenaries and allows students to reflect on their progress and set new targets for their rehearsal time, ticking off boxes as they work to show progress.
MOBO: Stormzy 'Shut Up' *UPDATED*
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MOBO: Stormzy 'Shut Up' *UPDATED*

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I created this resource for a performance lesson during a MOBO-related scheme of work. Students discovered music of black origin over a number of decades, starting with 1960 and working up to the present day. This resource is linked to Grime music of the present day, showing students how to perform the instrumental track to Stormzy's 'Shut Up', originally 'Function On The Low' by DJ XTC. The bundle includes: - A new, simplified worksheet showing how to perform the riff, bassline and counter-melody, with instructions. - A GarageBand project showing the different parts layered together with a 'breakbeat' drum loop.
Hooks and Riffs: Lukas Graham's 7 Years (with Literacy Resources)
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Hooks and Riffs: Lukas Graham's 7 Years (with Literacy Resources)

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I created this resource for a Year 8 scheme of work on hooks and riffs in popular music. Literacy is a big focus at my school, so I created a differentiated resource which introduced the song. Students enjoyed completing this as an introduction into the context of the song, before watching the music video and learning how to decode and perform using the worksheet. The bundle includes: - Literacy resource, differentiated for 3 levels linked to reading ages and each with a SMOG score. - Performance worksheet for the riff, including bass and treble clef and guidance on how to decode.
MOBO: Drake 'Passionfruit' *UPDATED*
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MOBO: Drake 'Passionfruit' *UPDATED*

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I created this resource for a performance lesson during a MOBO-related scheme of work. Students discovered music of black origin over a number of decades, starting with 1960 and working up to the present day. This resource is linked to music of the present day, showing students how to perform the instrumental layers in 'Passionfruit' by Drake. The worksheet includes the simplified bassline, chords and riff in an easier key. There is also a GarageBand project included to enable students to edit and arrange the riff.
MOBO: 'See You Again'
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MOBO: 'See You Again'

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I created this resource for a performance lesson during a MOBO-related scheme of work. Students discovered music of black origin over a number of decades, starting with 1960 and working up to the present day. This resource is linked to music of the present day, showing students how to perform 'See You Again' by Charlie Puth ft. Wiz Khalifa. The bundle includes: - A worksheet showing how to perform the riff and bassline with instructions.
MOBO: Future 'Mask Off' *UPDATED*
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MOBO: Future 'Mask Off' *UPDATED*

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I created this resource for a performance lesson during a MOBO-related scheme of work. Students discovered music of black origin over a number of decades, starting with 1960 and working up to the present day. This resource is linked to music of the present day, showing students how to perform 'Mask Off' by Future. The worksheet includes the flute riff, which is simplified and in the easier key of A minor, with chords and written instructions. There is also a GarageBand project included, which students may use to edit and arrange the riff.
Four Chords: FourFiveSeconds
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Four Chords: FourFiveSeconds

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This resource was designed to be used with Year 7 students during a harmony scheme of work, where students use 4 chords to accompany a melody.