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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Key Quest!! 3 weeks of awesome tunes.
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Key Quest!! 3 weeks of awesome tunes.

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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.
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.
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!