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Pete the Music

Tried and tested resources for composing from beginners to advanced plus any other sheets I feel I should share with the world!

Tried and tested resources for composing from beginners to advanced plus any other sheets I feel I should share with the world!
DEVELOPING  A MELODY (Composition Bundle Part 1)

DEVELOPING A MELODY (Composition Bundle Part 1)

GCSE / A level. Students consistently get A*/A for composition by keeping to these techniques. Includes student tracker, explanations, fact sheets worksheets. Topics include: Melody writing, Rhythms, Rhythmic development, Sequences, Inversions, Retrograde, Retrograde inversions, Augmented/diminished, Passing notes, repetition, embellishments, appogiaturas, piano accompaniments and a chord sheet covering 17 wildly different chords for each note. Will cover many weeks of GCSE composition. Designed to get students away from keyboards, guitars etc and planning composition using tried and tested high scoring techniques. Also feeds in to Set Works and listening. You know those lessons when you want them working quietly with a few gentle tunes in the background? This works a treat. Harmony and Orchestration to follow if needed.
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Beating the Blanks - Composing when you have no ideas!

Beating the Blanks - Composing when you have no ideas!

Composition. Designed for students who say "don't know where to start!" or the "I can't do it!". Works very well with all year groups and can lead to as simple or complicated compositions as you like. Examples explained with knowledge checks and exercise to complete. Ideal for cover lessons too.
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DEVELOPING  A MELODY (Composition Bundle Part 1)

DEVELOPING A MELODY (Composition Bundle Part 1)

GCSE / A level. Students consistently get A*/A for composition by keeping to these techniques. Includes student tracker, explanations, fact sheets worksheets. Topics include: Melody writing, Rhythms, Rhythmic development, Sequences, Inversions, Retrograde, Retrograde inversions, Augmented/diminished, Passing notes, repetition, embellishments, appogiaturas, piano accompaniments and a chord sheet covering 17 wildly different chords for each note. Will cover many weeks of GCSE composition. Designed to get students away from keyboards, guitars etc and planning composition using tried and tested high scoring techniques. Also feeds in to Set Works and listening. You know those lessons when you want them working quietly with a few gentle tunes in the background? This works a treat. Harmony and Orchestration to follow if needed.
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KS3 Music Theatre - desk based/Cover/ practical.

KS3 Music Theatre - desk based/Cover/ practical.

KS3 module for music theatre. Covers key terms needed for basic GCSE includes listening composing and practical activities. Practical is differentiated allowing students to create their own bass lines and use their ears to work out next few bars. Students start off by saying they don’t know anything but by the time some prompts have been given they are well away. For the naming sources sheet I play snippets from: Books: Oliver, Les Mis, Jungle Book, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and Jesus Christ Superstar (the bible), Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Animals: Cats, Lion King, and Sing! Fairy Tales: Cinderella, Snow White, Into the Woods, Little Mermaid Films (that have been adapted for the stage): Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Fame, Shrek, Billy Elliott, The Bodyguard, Sister Act, School of Rock, Rocky Horror Bands: Mamma mia, Buddy, Jersey Boys, Thriller, We will rock you, Rock of Ages, Originals: Hairspray, Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Moulin Rouge, Greatest Showman, You can of course add your own ideas.
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Reinforcing notation, rests, and time signatures for year 7 and 8. Good for cover.

Reinforcing notation, rests, and time signatures for year 7 and 8. Good for cover.

Just sit down - be quiet and do the work while I get on with the next load of data!! Designed to do just this but actually has really really helped! Students enjoyed the puzzle layout and how they could, if higher ability finish the entire sheet. Covers and revises key concepts of notation. I could mark an entire class AND give feedback AND get them to respond within one lesson. Have also used some classes to peer assess with our schools stickers attached. Boom! Box ticked! With lower ability students I handed out 1 per group of 2 or three to bolster confidence and it worked a charm - then giving those students who played an instrument the “privilege” of acting as my deputy. PRINT ON A3 then fold in half.
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A fun colourful teaching and revision  of notation. Also intro to orchestra.

A fun colourful teaching and revision of notation. Also intro to orchestra.

Lower school. Follow Rosie and Hoops as they help Professor Blithe work out the clues to the next mystery!! Resource introduces students to rhythm sums, notation spellings, composers, instruments of the orchestra, sharps and flats, and notes on the keyboard. Not going to lie - could mark this during the lesson that got the powers that be off my back, looked impressive when there were 350 of these all marked with feedback. Students enjoyed it and the lower ability GCSE enjoyed doing it “felt like doing a puzzle in a magazine”. It has massively helped with writing of sharps and flats and understanding of naturals.
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Read Music in under 20 seconds

Read Music in under 20 seconds

My students on entry to the school learn to read music in the first MINUTE. It is displayed on the wall, in practice rooms and also at the front of their folders. Works a treat. I've been teaching for 26 years and finally have a method that NEVER fails!! Poster includes Bass Clef as well.
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Music Mechanic: MAJOR MINOR Scales and INTERVALS. Facts and worksheets AND TEXTURES.

Music Mechanic: MAJOR MINOR Scales and INTERVALS. Facts and worksheets AND TEXTURES.

GCSE / A level Music. Breaks down how a scale is formed, how to write major and minor scales - including introduction to modes, key signatures, why they are used and how to work the key of a piece of music. Chart showing Key sigs up to 4 flats and sharps. Extra sheet on TEXTURES - Homophonic, Polyphonic, Heterophonic, Contrapuntal, Monophonic. Explained graphically and descriptively.
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Key Quest!! 3 weeks of awesome tunes.

Key Quest!! 3 weeks of awesome tunes.

Artists include: Jessie J, Eminem, DNCE, Adele, Hozier, UB40/Elvis, Crazy Frog, Simpsons, Somewhere over the Rainbow (sounds AWESOME when all are keyboards on the string sound!!) and Harry Potter. The following are covered: moderato, staccato, leggier, legato, syncopation, reggae, off-beat, broken chord, sequence, accompaniment etc. I laminate the sheets and it usually lasts for 3 to 4 lessons allowing for individual work but all tunes work well as ensemble pieces. The sheet encourages using other sounds to introduce and build on texture etc.It has worked brilliantly with year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 - obviously getting more picky the higher up you go.
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How to compose a melody.

How to compose a melody.

GCSE Music composition. Analysis of what a melody is - includes phrase, fragment, sentence and introduction to perfect and imperfect cadences. Description and worksheet to get students composing at their desks rather than eating into time at keyboards or guitars. Part 1 of a larger series that leads to very high scoring compositions.
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Initial Music Audit/ ice breakers / Note reading

Initial Music Audit/ ice breakers / Note reading

For new students. Identifies opportunities for signing up for instrumental lessons, extra-curricular clubs. Includes activities and up to date topics for discussion for us to find out how they tick musically.Includes how to use your hands to read music so they learn notation in LESSON ONE!
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Beating the Blanks - Composing when you have no ideas!

Beating the Blanks - Composing when you have no ideas!

Composition. Designed for students who say "don't know where to start!" or the "I can't do it!". Works very well with all year groups and can lead to as simple or complicated compositions as you like. Examples explained with knowledge checks and exercise to complete. Ideal for cover lessons too.
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Composition Tracking Sheet

Composition Tracking Sheet

Composition process broken down into stages to allow feedback, marking and tracking throughout the process. Sheet allows for peer /self and teacher assessment.
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Chord Options - 17 options for each note.

Chord Options - 17 options for each note.

Music Composition. Resource showing 17 options for every note. Makes sure compositions move away from I, IV, and V. Creates more exciting and interesting compositions. Includes dim / half-diminished, 7ths, 9ths. Massively helps with notation reading, transposition and listening skills.
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Context Sheets for All Edexcel Set works

Context Sheets for All Edexcel Set works

Edexcel Music GCSE. Context sheets for students to gather information and also to practise using information for long Section B answer to help structure their answers. Forms the basis for excellent revision materials.
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Composing Accompaniments

Composing Accompaniments

Music Composition: how to compose high scoring accompaniments with examples and short theory exercise. Works a treat and my students have always scored very high in their coursework. Enjoy!
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