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Pete the Music

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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!
Smashing the GCSE Music Set Works Edexcel
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Smashing the GCSE Music Set Works Edexcel

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All 8 set works covered covering key terms, keys, cadences, techniques, dates and general music bits. Now the set works have been covered we are revising the content away from listening - making sure key facts are drilled in. The second exercise requires miming and acting just to add a bit of fun! Activity can be done in groups, written, verbal, whole class or homework. Enjoy! Includes answers to the questions to aid with revision. Have just tried the miming and acting questions with Year 11. Except for putting my back out miming a falling sequence it was a really fun lesson and a welcome break away from flash cards for an hour.
Music Listening Skills and Tests
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Music Listening Skills and Tests

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Used throughout years 7,8,9,10,11. A mixture of starter and more lengthy listening tests with top tips and some top tunes as well! includes mark schemes from the exam board and also examples of how not to do them! The tests are on unfamiliar works so is relevant across most boards. Enjoy!
Home Music Project: Foley in Film Music - 6 weeks at least!
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Home Music Project: Foley in Film Music - 6 weeks at least!

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A booklet looking at Foley and Sound effects in Films. Activities include identifying sounds in scripts, how sounds are made, role of foley artist, composing and manipulating audio. Students then write their own scene identifying where and what sounds will happen. More advanced students can build on this by adding music or even describing the mood of the music. There are spaces for them to work including: Lined jottings, blank spaces, manuscript paper and a storyboard. Due to isolation I have added a web links page for music and youtube films for information including Disney old school, Star Wars, Wall-E, Robin Hood, Brother bear. Also links to software free online for creating sounds and music.
DEVELOPING  A MELODY (Composition Bundle Part 1)
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DEVELOPING A MELODY (Composition Bundle Part 1)

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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.
How to compose a melody.
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How to compose a melody.

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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.
Beating the Blanks - Composing when you have no ideas!
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Beating the Blanks - Composing when you have no ideas!

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

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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.
Composing Accompaniments
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Composing Accompaniments

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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!
Writing a Melody. Step by Step
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Writing a Melody. Step by Step

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Shows really clearly how a melody is put together and how you can write one with out being at a keyboard. This is part of the Composition bundle. Enjoy!
Music Dictation GCSE
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Music Dictation GCSE

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Scaffolded questions to teach music dictation. Answer sheet also gives a rationale as to what to listen for when completing these exercises. Part 1 includes semibreve through to quavers with a selection of rests. My students are rock solid on this now and am so pleased I took the time to do these sheets. Part 2 includes semiquavers, 6/8 and triplets.
Melodic dictation and Intervals
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Melodic dictation and Intervals

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Lesson 1 in melodic dictation. Following on from Rhythmic Dictation. Starts with stepwise then 3rds, 4ths, 5ths and 6ths. Includes extra questions to ask whilst delivering to re-enforce theory aspects - notation, stems, beaming, dotted rhythms. Lesson is a good solid hours worth including marking the tasks. Extension activity included and “Next Level Prep” to do on Augmented and Diminished intervals.
Chord Options - 17 options for each note.
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Chord Options - 17 options for each note.

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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.
Read Music in under 20 seconds
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Read Music in under 20 seconds

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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.
Passing Notes Facts and Exercise
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Passing Notes Facts and Exercise

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Music Composition GCSE A level. New addition to the Composers bundle - hence why it is free. Looks at passing notes and how to be creative using several different techniques. Exercise re-enforces understanding and builds on analytical skills.
Context Sheets for All Edexcel Set works
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Context Sheets for All Edexcel Set works

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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.