Detailed notes on all the works listed in AQA's suggested listening list and covered in the Rhinegold study guide (updated to include revision made for Sept 2020 following 3 years of use in the classroom):
-Saint Louis Blues (w/ Bessie Smith)
- Muskrat Ramble
- West End Blues
- The Mooche
- Come Sunday
- A Night In Tunisia
- Bird of Paradise
- Bird Gets The Worm
- So What
- (Cross The) Heartland
- Are You Going With Me?
- Almost Moment
- These Are The Good Days
Detailed notes on all the works listed in AQA’s suggested listening list and covered in the Rhinegold study guide (updated for Sept 2020 including revisions made following 3 years of use in the classroom):
For Once In My Life
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Big Yellow Taxi
A Case Of You
Supermassive Black Hole
Crazy In Love
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Best Thing I Never Had
Around The World
One More Time
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Beneath Your Beautiful
Let It Be
Students are given 3 riffs of varying difficulty and descriptions of different variation techniques to try. The resource mentions Sibelius but could apply to any sequencing software and could even be used for performance with an able class.
Lesson covering rondo form, theme & variation, and ternary form. Starter assumes some previous knowledge of other forms. Students examine rondo form and theme & variation through listening activities and finishes with a cloze activity.
Worksheet and writing frame (adapted from a collegue’s English resource) to be used to support students in longer form music essay writing. Makes specific reference to the PETAL technique (Point, Evidence, Text, Analysis, Link) which students can use a scaffold when starting to write longer answers.
Specifically developed for use with the 30 mark questions for the AQA A Level Music exam but could also be used with any longer form writing in music.
Following some persistent behavioural issues in some classes I used this resource as a contract for any repeat offenders. Having been placed on report, students were asked to complete the form to describe their own behaviour. This process was repeated for 4 week's worth of lessons.
Students are given a key word each in small groups and asked to provide:
specific features (what makes this key word different from other similar bits of vocab
an example of its use from the set works studied
misleading example (example of its use or a description which might confuse people or highlight common misconceptions (e.g. for texture, “what the music feels like” or for polyrhythm, “a rhythm played by someone called poly”).
A good starter activity which can sometimes be expanded out to a longer task if students are enthusiastic. Pupils often really enjoy developing funny misleading examples.
Developed for use with AQA GCSE but would be applicable to any syllabus
Students compose an perform riffs using G blues scale on keyboard. The resource features three levels of difficulty which are assigned a Mastery Level (could be adapted to whichever assessment level system your school uses).
Activity I used as homework to support AQA (2016) A Level Music Jazz unit. Students list the characteristics of typical early jazz and swing musicians with reference to the set works we'd covered. In the following lesson we then used this as the basis of a comparison discussion and as a writing frame for an essay assignment.
Pupils are assigned one of the set works taken from Sgt. Pepper’s in small groups and are given time to prepare revision notes collating everything they know. Meanwhile they also prepare tricky questions for the other groups.
The lesson culminates with a ‘trial’ in which each group has questions put to them by the rest of the class. The winners are those judged to have put up the best defence.
Resource includes exemplar questions in case pupils’ questions don’t go into enough detail.
A list of key terms with a blank space for students to provide a specific description and specifc example of its use.
I used this as an online homework but could be used as a paper resource though would need reformatting to allow space for student answers
A full unit’s work (updated for Sept 2020) covering each set work in detail as well as addition tracks and general contextual information. Some references are made to homeworks for which I used the Zig Zag resource pack but these could be removed if you didn’t have access to it.
Includes full lesson’s work on:
With A Little Help From My Friends
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Within You Without You
Other songs on Sgt. Pepper’s
3 x revision lessons
Also includes multiple exemplar 8 mark questions to try