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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Part of the composer bundle. Looking at techniques how to make bog standard transform to awesome! Free because it wasn't included in the original bundle. A good sample of what the rest of the bundle is like though.
Explanation of Homo,Poly, Monophonic textures in visual and written form with examples. Questions are on particular pieces of very well known pieces to aid with understanding and revision. Question sheet also asks WHY it is mono/homo/poly etc to embed the understanding.
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.
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.