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Hi, I'm Ellie and I am a secondary music teacher based in the UK. I love resources that are colourful, engaging and functional for both the students and us as teachers. I teach Music to KS3, KS4 and KS5 while also being a form tutor. Have a look through the resources below and feel free to ask me any questions or send me your ideas and suggestions!

Hi, I'm Ellie and I am a secondary music teacher based in the UK. I love resources that are colourful, engaging and functional for both the students and us as teachers. I teach Music to KS3, KS4 and KS5 while also being a form tutor. Have a look through the resources below and feel free to ask me any questions or send me your ideas and suggestions!
Rhythm and Pulse - Tea, Coffee, Soup 2
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Rhythm and Pulse - Tea, Coffee, Soup 2

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Rhythm and Pulse - Tea, Coffee, Soup 2 This is the second lesson in the sequence. Students learn how to convert dots and boxes into musical notes and how many beats each ‘dot’ lasts for? Students then compose a four bar rhythm which then perform solo and then perform with others in a polyrhythm.
Rhythm and Pulse Lesson
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Rhythm and Pulse Lesson

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Rhythm and Pulse - KS3 This lesson teaches students about rhythm and pulse. The first few slides teach students about the vocabulary necessary to describe this topic. There is a rhythm matching activity with accompanying worksheet. There are opportunities for group performance and a reflection and feedback sheet.
Graphic Scores and Dawn Interlude
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Graphic Scores and Dawn Interlude

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Graphic Scores and Dawn Interlude - KS3 This PowerPoint looks at how to interpret graphic scores using the piece Dawn Interlude by Benjamin Britten. The starter activity gets students to interpret which graphic image represents the sound clip. Students then analyse Dawn Interlude with a True or False activity at the end of the lesson
Blues Music
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Blues Music

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This is a lesson teaching students the basics of Blues music, including the 12 Bar Blues. Students use a listening activity and then use keyboards or any instrument to perform a simple 12 bar blues. All worksheets are contained in the Power Point.
Grade 1 Beginner Music Theory Bundle (Remote Learning)
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Grade 1 Beginner Music Theory Bundle (Remote Learning)

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Beginner Music Theory Scheme of Work This scheme of works focuses on giving students the tools necessary to pass a Trinity Grade 1 Music Theory Exam. The course is set over a seven week period with two lessons per week but these could easily be combined. I created this scheme as a remote learning resource for Year 9 students but could be used with any year in KS3 or KS4. Each lesson has a series of slides that explain the focus for the lesson then tasks that help to develop students understanding about the topic. The last week focuses on completing a Grade 1 Music Theory past paper to test students knowledge. This resource could be used as a remote learning scheme, homework tasks or even as an extra curricular activity run by a teacher. The slides and activities are exciting to look at and informative, allowing students to have full engagement with the material. This bundle has a saving of 30%.
Rhythm and Pulse: Dots and Boxes
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Rhythm and Pulse: Dots and Boxes

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Rhythm and Pulse: Dots and Boxes (Lesson 1 of 2) This lesson looks at how to read notation and rhythms using dots and boxes using the words tea, coffee and soup. Students interpret when to clap using the dots in the boxes and when to rest using blank boxes. We then build on this using the word coffee to interpret quaver beats and soup to interpret minim notes. Students then do a group performance using polyrhythms in four parts.
Rhythm and Pulse
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Rhythm and Pulse

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This is a three lesson series on rhythm and pulse. Students will learn to comprehend rhythm using dots and boxes which will then be converted into using musical notes. For their final assessment, students compose a 4 bar phrase in 4/4 time signature. All worksheets and reflection sheets are included in the PowerPoints.
Morse Code Music Worksheet
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Morse Code Music Worksheet

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Morse Code Music Worksheet - KS3 This worsheet accompanies the Graphic score sequence of learning. Students must spell out their names using the dots and dashes of the morse code key. They must then complete the key, making a sound for a dot and dash (eg. clap on a dot and snap on a dash). Students must then perform their names to each other in a pair.
Remote Learning : Careers In Music 1
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Remote Learning : Careers In Music 1

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This series of remote lessons is based around careers in music. Students are aware of when they must complete a task as there is a specific icon that indicates to do so. The lesson can be done completely remotely as everything is explained within the slides. Each week, the students will look at one career within the music industry that they may not have heard of before. There are multiple tasks for the students to do that are fun and engaging while also being informative. Week 1 focuses on conductors. This resource is aimed at KS3 students.
Instruments of the Orchestra
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Instruments of the Orchestra

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Instruments of The Orchestra - KS3 This is the first lesson in a series titled Instruments of the Orchestra. The PowerPoint aims to help students understand the different families of the orchestra and the seating chart using the Benjamin Britten’s guide 'The Young Persons Guide To The Orchestra. The accompanying worksheets help in aiding students to describe the sections of orchestra using the piece and the seating chart tasks gets students to think about the various families of the orchestra.
Instruments of the Orchestra 3- Woodwind
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Instruments of the Orchestra 3- Woodwind

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Third lesson in a series about the instruments of the orchestra. This lesson studies woodwind instruments. There is an activity using straws to help students understand reeds, airflow and pitch. And exciting and useful resource.
Rhythm and Pulse Activity Sheet
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Rhythm and Pulse Activity Sheet

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This worksheet accompanies the first lesson in the Rhythm and Pulse series. Students listen to sound clips of rhythms and match what they hear to the correct written rhythm. There is a bonus question at the end that uses dictation.
Instruments of the Orchestra 2 - Strings
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Instruments of the Orchestra 2 - Strings

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A lesson based around the instruments of the orchestra. The second lesson in a series. Students learn about the violin, viola, harp, cello and double bass. There is a keyboard activity using Hedwig’s theme on the keyboards.
Remote Learning : Careers in Music
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Remote Learning : Careers in Music

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This bundle focuses on the different careers in the music industry. Each week, students will look at a different career and analyse it. Students may never have heard of some of these careers before and it will be an eye opening experience for them. In Week 7, students will create an overview of each of the careers they have looked at and decide which they would be most suited to. The slides are engaging and informative while also being functional. As a remote learning bundle, all of the lessons can be completed by students at home and does not need any teacher guidance. Each task is outlined for students by a specific icon.
Beginners Ukulele 1
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Beginners Ukulele 1

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The series of lessons focuses on teaching students how to play the ukulele with no prior knowledge. Lessons are structured in a fun and simple way, giving lots of time for practical in the classroom. This is backed up by the history and theoretical elements of the instrument. The slides for the lessons are bright and engaging for students, allowing them to learn the instrument in a positive environment.
Remote Learning : Instruments of the Orchestra
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Remote Learning : Instruments of the Orchestra

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This series of remote lessons is based around the instruments of the orchestra. Students are aware of when they must complete a task as there is a specific icon that indicates to do so. The lesson can be done completely remotely as everything is explained within the slides. This resource is aimed at KS3 students.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Theatre SL and HL Information Posters
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International Baccalaureate Diploma Theatre SL and HL Information Posters

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IB DP Theatre (SL and HL) Information Posters/ Flyers These posters are the perfect display to use around school or in subject information sessions to tell students about the DP Theatre course. The information about the course, such as units and assessments is set out in a clear and concise way while also being visually eye catching for students.
Blues Music 2
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Blues Music 2

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The second lesson in a series about Blues music. Students build on the knowledge gained in the last lesson about Blues music and the 12 bar blues. They build on this by adding a simple bass line and then a walking bass line.