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Chris Gill's Music Resources

Chris Gill has 20 years' experience in teaching classroom music and is Director of Music at a school in Oxford. He is the author of 'Harmonising Bach Chorales', 'GCSE Music Revision Guide' and 'Let's Get Musical', a series of topic based resources for Key Stage 3.

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Chris Gill has 20 years' experience in teaching classroom music and is Director of Music at a school in Oxford. He is the author of 'Harmonising Bach Chorales', 'GCSE Music Revision Guide' and 'Let's Get Musical', a series of topic based resources for Key Stage 3.
Complete Year 7 Music Course

Complete Year 7 Music Course

Over 30 lessons with over 60 pupils' worksheets and 60 pages of lesson plans and other teacher's notes - everything you need for class music lessons throughout Year 7.
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Harmonising Bach Chorales

Harmonising Bach Chorales

This book is a concise guide to the harmony of Bach’s chorales for advanced level music students, equipping them with the knowledge and understanding to complete their own chorale harmonisations with confidence and accuracy. Bach’s practice in harmonising chorales is explored throughout the book, from the basics of four-part writing to the complexities of chromatic harmony. With over 40 examples of complete Bach chorales and over 30 exercises, including 10 examination-style questions. Also included is the Breitkopf and Hartel edition of Bach's 371 Chorales.
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50 Christmas Carols

50 Christmas Carols

50 Traditional Christmas Carols, arranged for four parts on treble and bass staves, with lyrics. Both Sibelius and pdf formats included.
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The Beatles

The Beatles

Seven Beatles songs analysed, including the four songs from ‘Revolver’ which are Edexcel A level set works: Eleanor Rigby Here, There and Everywhere I Want to Tell You Tomorrow Never Knows Love Me Do A Hard Day’s Night A Day in the Life Suitable for A level and GCSE listening. Includes a scheme of work on the Beatles for younger pupils.
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The Beatles - Four Songs from the 'Revolver' album

The Beatles - Four Songs from the 'Revolver' album

Analysis (divided into elements of music) of the following songs: ‘Eleanor Rigby’ ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ ‘I Want to Tell You’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ These are set works for the current Edexcel Pearson A level music course, but they are equally suitable as wider listening for GCSE/A level.
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Jazz

Jazz

Powerpoint presentation with over 50 slides, including graphics and audio links, giving an overview of the history of jazz, covering major genres and performers. Includes brief analysis of several pieces. Suitable for GCSE/A level wider listening.
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The Beatles - three songs

The Beatles - three songs

Three songs by The Beatles analysed and summarised under musical elements: ‘Love Me Do’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ ‘A Day in the Life’ Useful for wider listening for A level pop/rock set works.
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Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring' - first three movements

Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring' - first three movements

9 pages of notes, including summary of musical elements and detailed analysis, in .docx (Word) and pdf formats. Suitable for A level listening, particularly the set work on the Pearson Edexcel syllabus. Includes a sample A level essay comparing the first movement of ‘The Rite of Spring’ with the first movement of ‘Petrouchka’.
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The Beatles

The Beatles

KS3 Scheme of Work – 6 lessons Objectives • To understand how to form primary and secondary triads in C major on the keyboard • To learn, through listening and performing, common chord sequences using these triads • To arrange a Beatles song for a group performance Lesson Overview 1. Love Me Do 2. Eleanor Rigby 3. Let it Be 4. Can’t Buy Me Love 5. Arranging a Beatles song 6. Performing a Beatles song Subject-specific vocabulary • Tonality: major and minor • Chords: C, F, G, Dm, Em, Am • Chord sequences: I-V-vi-IV, circle progression • Timbres and textures: electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit Assessments • Performing (keyboard) – ‘Love Me Do’ (Lesson 1) • Listening – ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ (Lesson 3) • Composing – arrangement of a Beatles song for group performance (Lesson 6)
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Romantic Music

Romantic Music

KS3 Scheme of Work – 6-8 lessons Objectives • To listen to music, particularly waltzes, in different genres by composers from the Romantic era (1830-1900) • To perform the accompaniment for a waltz on the keyboard • To compose a 16-bar waltz for piano, fitting the melody to chosen four-bar chord sequences Lesson Overview • Lesson 1: Romantic Music • Lesson 2: Oom-pah-pah • Lesson 3: A piano waltz • Lesson 4: An orchestral waltz • Lesson 5: An operatic waltz • Lesson 6: Listening to Programme Music • Lessons 7/8: Composing Programme Music Subject-specific vocabulary • Instruments of the symphony orchestra: violins, viola, ‘cello, double bass, harp, piccolo, flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion • Romantic Composers: Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss jr, Grieg, Schubert, Berlioz, Wagner, Verdi • Musical Genres: piano music, orchestral music, ballet, opera Assessments • Listening – Romantic Music (Lesson 1) • Performing (keyboard) – ‘Oom-pah-pah’ accompaniment (Lesson 2) • Composing – 16-bar waltz (Lessons 3-6)
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Complete Year 9 Music Course

Complete Year 9 Music Course

Over 30 lessons grouped in five topics: Dance Music, Minimalism, Latin Music, Romantic Music and Gospel, Blues, and Soul. Plenty of performing, composing and listening activities for the whole class, and full lesson plans and assessment sheets for the teacher.
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Elements of Music

Elements of Music

A scheme of work lasting 8-9 weeks for KS3 (11-14) introducing pupils to the seven elements of music: pitch, rhythm, texture, structure, tempo, dynamics and instruments. This is particularly useful as a project at the beginning of Year 7. - Perform an arrangement of 'Ode to Joy' on the keyboard which demonstrates all the elements of music - Compose a piece for keyboard with contrasts in all of the elements of music - Listen to different examples of elements of music (all listening examples are provided as YouTube links) Includes a 16-page teacher's guide and 12-page pupil's workbook, which may be photocopied freely within the purchasing school. Also included are clear assessments for performing, composing and listening. Pdf and Word (.docx) formats included in the download. Pdf is ready to print at A4 size; Word format can be edited but the formatting and fonts may not match the pdf.
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Gospel, Blues and Soul

Gospel, Blues and Soul

KS3 Scheme of Work – (6-8 lessons) Objectives • To learn about the evolution of African-American styles in the 1950s and 1960s • To listen to examples of spirituals, gospel, rhythm and blues, and soul • To consolidate previous knowledge of major and minor chords • To learn how to play seventh chords • To sing songs from these styles, both in class and individually • To arrange and perform these styles as a group Lesson Overview 1. Two Spirituals 2. Gospel Music 3. Rhythm ‘n’ Blues 4. The Birth of Soul 5. Respect 6. Stand By Me 7. Group arrangement* 8. Group performance* * The group arrangement/performance forms an optional extension task Subject-specific vocabulary • Primary triads – I, IV, V • Triads – C, F, G, Am, D, E • Seventh chords • Call-and-response • Ornamentation • Improvisation Assessments • Performing – chord sequences for various songs on keyboard (Lessons 1, 5, 6) • Listening – ‘The Birth of Soul’ (Lesson 4) • Composing (arranging) – chosen song in a small ensemble (Lessons 7-8)
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Complete Year 8 Music Course

Complete Year 8 Music Course

Over 30 lessons with over 50 pupils' worksheets and 50 pages of lesson plans and other teacher's notes - everything you need for class music lessons throughout Year 8.
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World Music

World Music

Four complete schemes of work for Key Stage 3 Music lessons based on music from around the world. Each scheme of work has pupils' worksheets and teacher's notes for 6 lessons.
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The Roots of Popular Music

The Roots of Popular Music

Three complete schemes of work for Key Stage 3 Music lessons, each one 6-8 lessons long, including pupils' worksheets, lesson plans and assessment sheets.
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Personent hodie

Personent hodie

A complete carol from '50 Christmas Carols', edited by Chris Gill. Arranged for four parts (SATB) on two staves, with chord symbols above, and lyrics for all of the verses printed in between the staves. The complete edition of '50 Christmas Carols' is available as a pdf and Sibelius file from TES resources, or as a paperback from Amazon.
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