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I am a secondary school music teacher and Head of the Performing Arts Faculty

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I am a secondary school music teacher and Head of the Performing Arts Faculty
Paradise - School Band Arrangement
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Paradise - School Band Arrangement

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Arrangement of Paradise by George Ezra. It’s a Sibelius 6 verison so that it’ll open on anything Sibelius 6 or later. It’s currently for voice, flute, two clarinets, cornet/trumpet, piano, bass and drums but can be easily rearranged for your needs.
GCSE: Introduction to Free Composition (Eduqas)
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GCSE: Introduction to Free Composition (Eduqas)

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This is my free composition launch presentation and planning document. It goes through the requirements for composition, the criteria, an example of the log and ideas for getting started. I have also included the planning document, students plan their composition and then keep their plan with them updating it regularly as lessons progress.
GCSE Music: Mini-Compositions
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GCSE Music: Mini-Compositions

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These are three mini-projects I do with my year 10s before launching the free composition. One features rhythm as a starting point, the second melody and the third timbre and texture. These are delivered after some basic music theory has been delivered.
KS3: Ground Bass/Hip-Hop (Distance Learning)
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KS3: Ground Bass/Hip-Hop (Distance Learning)

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This is a 6-week project on Hip-Hop where the main focus is Ground Bass. I would normally teach Hip-Hop music on FL Studio, this is a project designed for distance learning and is a composition task to be completed on BandLab, which these students have not done before so it also includes a ‘how to’ for what they need to do. There is a quiz included and one main task, a submission on BandLab.
GCSE: AOS2 Broadway Musicals (AQA)
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GCSE: AOS2 Broadway Musicals (AQA)

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I wrote this powerpoint to fit with the new AQA’s new GCSE specification. Broadway Musicals 1950s-1990s fits within Area of Study 2. My teaching focus here is key musical features and how the music sounds, not key facts about the sub genres. Listening examples have been hyperlinked within the green stars. A listening task was used at the end of the lesson so that students could apply their new knowledge.The key aspect which I have highlighted to students is listening which is why I link students to the department spotify which has a wide range of playlists at their disposal.
KS3: Music in Advertising (Distance Learning)
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KS3: Music in Advertising (Distance Learning)

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This is music in advertising project I’m doing with year 8 and 9 this half term. involves them designing a product and creating a radio advert for the product to include an underscore, jingle and voiceover. Currently it’s geared up for google suite, for example it says things like “upload your answers to google classroom” but this is easily adaptable for your softwares. I teach this live on google meet and share the PowerPoint with the students but it could be done entirely remotely. As students are doing it remotely I’m allowing them to do it with any software they may have access to, or on an instrument or using BandLab education online. I’ve included links for how to use GarageBand and BandLab to support students.
Music in Advertising (KS3)
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Music in Advertising (KS3)

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This is an entire unit of work aimed at year 9 students. It involves product design, marketing research and pitching as well as creating a radio advert (the key musical aim). This has key terminology, practical activity and homework.
GCSE: AOS4 Minimalism (AQA)
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GCSE: AOS4 Minimalism (AQA)

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This is the set of resources I used for teaching the Minimalist music of Adams, Reich and Riley. It covers some of their most notable works and discusses key vocabulary. It usually takes me two lessons to get through, there are listening links embedded within the star symbols.
GCSE: AOS2 Pop Music from 1990 (AQA)
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GCSE: AOS2 Pop Music from 1990 (AQA)

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I wrote this powerpoint to fit with the new AQA’s new GCSE specification. Pop music from 1990-present fits within Area of Study 2. To accompany this presentation, students worked through the timeline document which was in their books. My teaching focus here is key musical features and how the music sounds, not key facts about the sub genres. Listening examples have been hyperlinked within the green stars.
Film Music  (KS3)
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Film Music (KS3)

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This scheme of work is currently being taught to year 9 students although I have taught it with year 8 at a different school. The scheme of work aims to explore different genres of music including different musical devices before the main project which involves the sound being removed from four different clips (of each genre) and asking students in groups to come up with the music to accompany it. The embedded videos link to my private YouTube channel and are not able to be found without the link. Should the embedding not work, I have also attached links within the stars
GCSE  Eduqas: Africa Assessment (AOS4 set work)
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GCSE Eduqas: Africa Assessment (AOS4 set work)

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This is the assessment that I have created based on the resources published by Eduqas. Unlike the actual exam, it features multiple sections to test the individual sections of the song so as to really gain a clear picture of their understanding. Because of this, I play them the whole song three times throughout the exam rather than the specific sections but you could easily do it this way if you wish. The test works through each section linearly and lasts around 45 minutes. PDF and word versions have been uploaded as have the answers.
KS3: Blues Music (Distance Learning)
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KS3: Blues Music (Distance Learning)

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This is a 6-week project on Blues Music. I would normally teach Blues music in a practical way however, this is a project designed as a composition task to be completed on BandLab, which these students have not done before so it also includes a ‘how to’ for what they need to do. There are several smaller tasks (research task, performance tasks, quiz) and one main task, I’ve asked students to either complete the practicals on a keyboard or a keyboard app but the main bulk is all BandLab.
GCSE AOS4: Popular Music, Rock Music (Eduqas)
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GCSE AOS4: Popular Music, Rock Music (Eduqas)

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This is a four lesson PowerPoint on Rock music suitable for the Eduqas music GCSE course. It covers the key features, instruments and artists. Links to examples are embedded within the stars. There is also a practical lesson included.
Game Music/Theme and Variations (KS3)
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Game Music/Theme and Variations (KS3)

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This is a scheme of work I use with year 9 (although it could be any KS3 cohort) to introduce them to a DAW, in this case FL studio although it could be adapted for any DAW. It requires students to design a basic platform game, compose a theme for it and then create different levels of the game (ie a water or forest level) using their initial melody and thus creating the variations. The first variation is a water level for all and looks at Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals and then the subsequent variation is a free choice. The key musical features covered, in addition to learning how to use DAW software is T&V structure, a variety of textures and timbres. Any stars within the PowerPoint have a link to a video attached.
Seven Nation Army - School Band Arrangement
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Seven Nation Army - School Band Arrangement

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Arrangement of Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. It’s a Sibelius 6 verison so that it’ll open on anything Sibelius 6 or later. It’s only the first two verses/choruses. It’s currently for voice, flute, two clarinets, cornet/trumpet, piano, bass and drums but can be easily rearranged for your needs.
GCSE: AOS1 Orchestral Music of Mozart and Beethoven (AQA)
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GCSE: AOS1 Orchestral Music of Mozart and Beethoven (AQA)

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This is the powerpoint and worksheets I have used to teach my students about the orchestra in the classical era and the orchestral music of Mozart and Beethoven. There are listening examples either embedded or linked in the PowerPoint and a listening test with answers for the end of the unit.
Musicals  (KS3)
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Musicals (KS3)

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This is a scheme of work I designed for year 8 students to look into musicals. Due to the nature of the scheme of work (provided) I can only provide the first lessons PowerPoint. I am simultaneously teaching two separate musicals, depending on the overall ability of the class, both of which are included in this purchase. Students really enjoy this unit and are able to fully immerse in the topic.