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Beethoven Piano Sonata Op.13 No.8 in C minor 'Pathetique': Focus on introduction

Beethoven Piano Sonata Op.13 No.8 in C minor 'Pathetique': Focus on introduction

This is for EDEXCEL GCSE Music 9-1. This resource consists of a PowerPoint with embedded sound clips and samples from the score to help students simultaneously see and hear the key features of the introduction to the 1st movement. There is also an exam style question (sound clip included!) and a crystal clear mark scheme. Please keep the sound clips in the same folder as the PowerPoint so they play correctly when clicked from the presentation. I would be grateful for any constructive feedback or requests. The cover image is by Grace Herbert
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Beethoven Pathetique: dictation questions

Beethoven Pathetique: dictation questions

This resource consists of TWO dictation questions taken from the EDEXCEL GCSE 9-1 Music set work, Pathetique by Beethoven. The questions have detailed mark schemes attached as well as the audio extracts performed on a solo keyboard instrument with a metronome as is the case with the exam questions. These can be used as off-the-peg mock exam questions or as practice in class. Photo credit: Beethoven by Eric E Castro
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Tempo in music

Tempo in music

Italian tempo terms are matched up by linking lines with their meanings and approximate speeds in BPM. This can either be done while viewing the slides on the website (link provided on the worksheet)or as an assessment activity afterwards. Teachers can provide dfferentiation by filling in some of the lines themselves as befits individual students. It has been designed with years 9-11 in mind and is a useful starter or possible homework for GCSE students across all boards.
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Beethoven Piano Sonata Op.13 No.8 in C minor 'Pathetique': Focus on introduction

Beethoven Piano Sonata Op.13 No.8 in C minor 'Pathetique': Focus on introduction

This is for EDEXCEL GCSE Music 9-1. This resource consists of a PowerPoint with embedded sound clips and samples from the score to help students simultaneously see and hear the key features of the introduction to the 1st movement. There is also an exam style question (sound clip included!) and a crystal clear mark scheme. Please keep the sound clips in the same folder as the PowerPoint so they play correctly when clicked from the presentation. I would be grateful for any constructive feedback or requests. The cover image is by Grace Herbert
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Star Wars Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner

Star Wars Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner

Aimed at Edexcel GCSE Music students. The resource comprises of a printed summary of the key features of the Star Wars Main Title and Rebel Blockade Runner theme and an associated worksheet. The summary is an excellent revision guide and the worksheet is a useful exercise for consolidating facts about the set work. They are supplied as MS word files so teachers can edit it as they see fit to allow for differentiation if required. Cover image is 'Good vs. Evil' by Louis K. (Creative Commons)
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Silent Night SAT Choral Arrangement with Audio Files

Silent Night SAT Choral Arrangement with Audio Files

A three part (SAT) A Capella arrangement of the much loved Christmas carol Silent Night. The resource includes, full score, parts and audio files for each part and the full choir. This resource would be excellent for GCSE ensemble performances and is balanced to be approachable yet reasonably challenging for young vocal students or an amateur choir. Cover image is 'Snow' by Timo Newton-Syms
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History of Recording

History of Recording

This presentation is aimed at Music Technology students who would benefit from a broad overview of the development of recording technologies from the 19th century onward. Reliable, legal, YouTube links provide excellent examples of the topics discussed and a practical research task, as well as embedded questions, provide opportunities for differentiated assessment.
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Music dictation exercise

Music dictation exercise

A simple dictation exercise in notating a line of melody by ear. This is intended for years 9 and 10 and offers an excellent introduction to this aspect of the new GCSE specification. The clips include a metronome and each plays a 2-bar phrase three times (there are four phrases each very slightly more demanding than the preceding clip). A detailed mark scheme is provided along with the worksheet and individual audio clips. Cover photo by Brandon Giesbrecht: "Music"
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Edexcel AS level Music Technology practice questions

Edexcel AS level Music Technology practice questions

A bundle of THREE worksheets and clear mark schemes in the style of Edexcel's AS- level Music Tech exam questions. There are two 10-mark questions and a special focus question on Hip Hop (20 marks). The two shorter questions are based on Avici's 'Wake Me Up' and 'Stupid Girl' by Garbage. Both of these blend guitar work with electronic dance music elements and so there is a stylistic theme between them. The longer Hip Hop question is based on LL Cool J's 'Mama Said Knock You Out' providing students with a fine example of early 90s East Coast rap. Please let me know how you find these (and my other resources) by writing a review. Cover image is 'Rap' by Antonio Rull.
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Passing notes, grace notes and more

Passing notes, grace notes and more

A resource that helps students understand passing notes, auxiliary notes, échapée notes, appoggiaturas, acciaccaturas and anticipations. It consists of a presentation which also guides students through a simple task (manuscript paper or Sibelius required) which allows for straightforward differentiation. There is also a listening test and accompanying worksheet as well as a clear and detailed mark scheme. This resource is essentially a short stand-alone unit that can be delivered over an hour or so that should leave students feeling very comfortable with the material covered. It targets Year 12 (1st year of 6th form) but can also be delivered to a GCSE set or music theory workshop. The files are self-explanatory but please keep 'audioForPresentation.mp3' in the same folder as 'presentation.pptx' to be able to play it from the PowerPoint.
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