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Chris Ballard's Music Resources

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To my fellow teachers! Welcome to my TES shop. I am a music/music technology specialist with a passion for curriculum within my subject. My aim with all my resources is to enthuse students within the subject but also set high expectations as to their outcomes. Each unit of work will contain a comprehensive SOW document, all lessons, worksheets, HW tasks, scores (if necessary), assessment criteria, extension material and progress radar (for students to fill out weekly). Enjoy!!

To my fellow teachers! Welcome to my TES shop. I am a music/music technology specialist with a passion for curriculum within my subject. My aim with all my resources is to enthuse students within the subject but also set high expectations as to their outcomes. Each unit of work will contain a comprehensive SOW document, all lessons, worksheets, HW tasks, scores (if necessary), assessment criteria, extension material and progress radar (for students to fill out weekly). Enjoy!!
Y7 KEYBOARD UNIT
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Y7 KEYBOARD UNIT

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Full SOW, worksheets for students, assessment materials, homework and extension activities. This scheme aims to introduce students to the keyboard and also written notation - treble and bass clef. This unit should be preceded by some sort of rhythmic notation unit so that students already have a grounding in note values etc (See Y7 rhythm unit). The end result is a paired performance of MAD WORLD (this can be solo of course depending on the ability of the students). ZIP File contains all material and I’ve included a screenshot for you to see it’s contents.
Y8 REGGAE MUSIC
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Y8 REGGAE MUSIC

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Zip File includes - Full SOW, Student worksheets, PowerPoints (6 lessons), Assessment material, scores, extension material This scheme is designed to simply get students playing three little birds by Bob Marley with the emphasis on them performing within the style. I have further included extension material if you wanted to include a bit of composition as a way of further challenging students. I find however, that even though the parts aren’t complicated, students often find the offbeat rhythmic element of Reggae challenging and so simply getting them to create an ensemble performance of the Bob Marley tune takes long enough. Lots of scope for expanding this to other instruments if you have the facilities/options. I’ve included a screenshot of the ZIP file so you can see what you are getting and included a few examples of the worksheets etc. PLEASE NOTE: I haven’t included the MP3s needed for the listening activities due to copyright so you’ll have to get a youtube link up for that.
Y8 PROGRAMMATIC MUSIC
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Y8 PROGRAMMATIC MUSIC

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ZIP File includes - complete SOW, Lessons, Worksheets, HW, Assessment material, Extension activities, scores, indesign files This unit aims to continue building students understanding of the elements and in particular how they support a story. This unit links nicely with ‘Music and Art’ (see year 7 resources) and ‘Film Music’ (see other Y8 resources). Students learn about programmatic music, perform an ensemble piece of music to tell the story of the LOTR (using themes from the film) and compose several short pieces to convey a story.
COVID-19 Proof - KS3 ABRSM Grade 1 Theory SOW
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COVID-19 Proof - KS3 ABRSM Grade 1 Theory SOW

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PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in purchasing this SOW then I have included a free sample lesson for you to have a look at. The entire SOW contains this and 6 other lessons as well as a full student workbook and all the supporting resources. View this here – https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/covid-19-proof-music-sample-lesson-key-signatures-12370923 I am teaching Music zonally from SEPT 2021 and so have designed this SOW to facilitate Music in a non-specialist room with no access to instruments or technology. This is a full 7 2hour lessons focusing on putting KS3 students through the ABRSM GRADE 1 theory exam. There are also video versions of all lessons to allow for home learning. In the ZIP FILE you get; Full SOW with breakdown of every lesson PowerPoints for all lessons designed in Rosenshine light Student worksheets with differentiated activities Video versions of ALL lessons to allow for home learning (if further lockdown occurs) Monthly recap Quizzes to be used as starters HW tasks Pupil assessment radar The ZIP FILE is in a dropbox link in the READ ME document as it is too big to upload to TES
Y9 BLUES AND JAZZ
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Y9 BLUES AND JAZZ

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ZIP FILE contains Full SOW, Lessons, Student worksheets, assessment material, scores and HW. This unit is highly practical and places the emphasis on students working towards a 64-bar performance within the blues style. They will also improvise using the blues scale. I have taught this unit for several years now and I’m always pleased with the outcomes and engagement of students.
Y8 - FILM MUSIC
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Y8 - FILM MUSIC

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ZIP FILE - Includes full SOW (7 lessons), PowerPoints, Student worksheets, assessment material, feedback stickers (10 sticker template on a4labels). This SOW introduces students to the concept of film music and specifically how they need to shape their music to suit the mood/emotion of the visual. I advice that you run the assessment part of this unit on ICT and load the trailer into a garageband file (or whatever DAW you have access to). The outcomes from the students tend to be higher quality. However, I have run this with students performing on live instruments and it has been still very successful. I’ve included screenshots of the ZIP file and worksheets, PowerPoints etc. **PLEASE NOTE: I haven’t included the videos that are required for the lessons due to copyright but I’ve put a list of youtube links for the required videos in a word document.
Y7 MUSIC AND ART
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Y7 MUSIC AND ART

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Full SOW, PowerPoints, Worksheets, assessment material, paperwork for extracurricular trip to TATE BRITAIN and HW activities. This is a cross-curricular SOW that looks at promoting students to consider links between the two art subjects. They will improvise/compose music to try and convey the meaning/atmosphere of various artwork. The aim is for students to consider artists intent and then their ability to try and manipulate the elements to create a composition to support it. It’s nice to try and organise a visit to the TATE BRITAIN during week 3 of the scheme and from this students select a painting and compose to this. The final assessment is a performance much like Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ with the entire class performing as if the listener was walking through an exhibition of their chosen artwork. I’ve attached a screenshot of the ZIP file contents for you see what comes with it.
COVID-19 Proof Music - Sample Lesson - Key Signatures
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COVID-19 Proof Music - Sample Lesson - Key Signatures

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I am teaching Music zonally from SEPT 2021 and so have designed a SOW to facilitate Music in a non-specialist room with no access to instruments or technology. This is a sample lesson from that SOW which can be purchased here – In this sample lesson you get; Lesson Plan PowerPoint Student worksheet Video version of lesson to allow for home learning (if further lockdown occurs) Monthly recap quiz
Y8 MINIMALIST MUSIC
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Y8 MINIMALIST MUSIC

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ZIP File contains - SOW, 6 lessons, student worksheets/booklet, scores, homework and assessment material. Plenty of extension material built into all tasks. I’ve included a screenshot to give you an idea This unit of work looks at really challenging students understanding of what constitutes art/music. They will attempt performances of ‘clapping music’, ‘tubular bells’ and ‘In C’ and develop a composition within the Terry Riley style. I’ve deliberately made this unit very practical and entered lots of points for discussion - including playing students the infamous 4 min 33 by John Cage. I’ve often been surprised at how engaged students are during this unit given the complexity of the themes but they enjoy the pieces they play - especially ‘Tubular Bells’. Enjoy!!
Y7 THE ELEMENTS
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Y7 THE ELEMENTS

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ZIP File includes full SOW, all lesson PowerPoints, student worksheets and assessment materials, pre-written feedback stickers (need to buy labels a4labels.com). This is an introduction unit that aims to give the students basic music vocab around the elements. The outcome is for students to understand that they can breakdown music into the elements and how they can also be used to convey ideas/stories.
Y8 - ALL UNITS
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Y8 - ALL UNITS

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This bundle give you an entire academic years worth of teaching materials aimed at Y8. Each unit contains SOW, worksheets, PowerPoint lessons, assessment materials, Homework tasks and extension material. This is designed to be taught in this order: 1 - Film Music 2 - Minimalism 3 - Music Tech 1 (Logic and Ableton) 4 - Programmatic Music 5 - Reggae 6 - Keyboard Unit 2 I have taught these units over several years and they have been constantly refined to a point now where the engagement of students is high and their outcomes impressive. I hope you enjoy!!
Y9 FILM MUSIC 2
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Y9 FILM MUSIC 2

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ZIP File includes - complete SOW, Lessons, Worksheets, HW, Assessment material, Extension activities, scores, indesign files This unit aims to continue building students understanding of FILM MUSIC. However, this looks at the other technical elements of sound, focusing on Foley, SFX, Synthesis etc. Students will recreate the sounds to accompany a horror clip and will learn about how to be creative with the DAW to further support and enhance the mood of the clip. This is a warm-up to the NCFE Music Technology Unit 4 - Sound Creation. The ZIP Document is quite a large file so if there are any issues downloading please leave a message for me in the review section.
Y7 RHYTHM
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Y7 RHYTHM

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ZIP File contains - Full SOW, Lesson PowerPoints, Worksheets for all lessons, Assessment material, extension activities. This unit aims to give students an understanding of rhythmic notation and having taught it for several years I’ve found the content allows students to really grasp basic music notation. It’s designed to be taught before the KEYBOARD UNIT which develops the notation onto TREBLE and BASS CLEF. I’ve included a screenshot of the ZIP FILE contents so you can see what comes with the resource.
KS3 BANDLAB HOME LEARNING PROJECT
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KS3 BANDLAB HOME LEARNING PROJECT

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To help out a little, here is a free practical Music Tech SOW for Bandlab which can be set as home learning. I’m currently running this with my KS3 students. It’s aim is to give them a solid foundation of Music Technology - beginning with simple data entry all the way up to creating a mix. I’ve created tutorial videos for every aspect they need to get through in order to complete the track and these are designed for my students so apologies if I reference specifics to our school! Students find this helpful as they progress at their own pace and can pause/rewind things they aren’t entirely sure of. This takes about 6-8 lessons (1 Hr long). In this resource you will get - Supporting videos that talk through each activity that students can use whilst they complete the work. These are exceptionally useful and I have found that lower ability students really respond well to these, although they sometimes prefer I run the session live with them.
Y8 KEYBOARD UNIT 2
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Y8 KEYBOARD UNIT 2

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ZIP File includes - complete SOW, Lessons, Worksheets, HW, Assessment material, Extension activities, scores, indesign files This unit aims to build on the previous keyboard unit (see year 7 resources). It’s primary aim is to get students playing with two hands and starting to think about how they can add expression into their pieces. Starts with more contemporary pieces then the assessment piece is them working towards a two handed performance of Bach - Prelude in C major.
Y7 - ALL UNITS
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Y7 - ALL UNITS

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This bundle give you an entire academic years worth of teaching materials aimed at Y7. Each unit contains SOW, worksheets, PowerPoint lessons, assessment materials, Homework tasks and extension material. This is designed to be taught in this order: 1 - The Elements 2 - Singing 3 - Rhythm 4 - Keyboard Unit 5 - Music and Art 6 - Samba Drumming I have taught these units over several years and they have been constantly refined to a point now where the engagement of students is high and their outcomes impressive. I hope you enjoy!!
Y8 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY ABLETON
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Y8 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY ABLETON

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**PLEASE NOTE: Only download this if you run ABLETON in your institution ** This unit looks at giving students a solid foundation of Music Technology - beginning with simple data entry all the way up to creating a mix. Students are given a template and their aim is to recreate a track so that it sounds as close as possible to the original. Unlike my other SOWs this is entirely student led in that I’ve created tutorial videos for every aspect they need to get through in order to complete the track. Students find this helpful as they progress at their own pace and can pause/rewind things they aren’t entirely sure of. There is also assessment criteria, HW, progress diary and radar and support guides. I’ve included screenshots of all the videos so you can see how much you are receiving with this resource. Musical material is all written by myself.
Y8 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY LOGIC
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Y8 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY LOGIC

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**PLEASE NOTE: Only download this if you run LOGIC in your institution ** This unit looks at giving students a solid foundation of Music Technology - beginning with simple data entry all the way up to creating a mix. Students are given a template and their aim is to recreate a track so that it sounds as close as possible to the original. Unlike my other SOWs this is entirely student led in that I’ve created tutorial videos for every aspect they need to get through in order to complete the track. Students find this helpful as they progress at their own pace and can pause/rewind things they aren’t entirely sure of. This takes about 6-8 lessons (1 Hr long). In this resource you will get - The entire Work Booklet that talks them through each part of the track. There are extension activities in every task and there is a comprehensive H/W activity (also differentiated). Logic Pro 9 File that contains all the sounds/samples that they need to create the track that they work into Supporting videos that talk through each activity that students can use whilst they complete the work. These are exceptionally useful and I have found that lower ability students really respond well to these.
HARMONY DISPLAY
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HARMONY DISPLAY

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This is a series of JPEGs that you can print to A4 and create this display. I’ve found this exceptionally useful for GCSE composition - students have a constant visual reminder of the chords of C and A minor and use the pentatonic scales for their melodic material. This resource has also filtered down to my KS3 classes as well - when they are improvising pieces they have used this to help them structure harmony.
GCSE Music - Chord Structure
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GCSE Music - Chord Structure

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A PowerPoint lesson focusing on Chord Structure with accompanying worksheets. I delivered this to YR10 at the beginning of the year as an intro intro music theory. It was a double lesson and followed on from a lesson on Key. You might want to improve the practical activities a little - get students in groups etc and possibly introduce smaller practical activities to break-up some of the theory.