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I am a secondary school music teacher at Queen's School in Bushey.

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I am a secondary school music teacher at Queen's School in Bushey.
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.
Video Game Music  (KS3)
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Video Game Music (KS3)

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This is a video game music scheme of work taught to Year 8 (KS3). The scheme of work is taught in conjunction with computer games that the students are making in their ICT lessons. The programme used is garageband and taught via our school's iPads. This also includes the files for the Lazenby Computer font that I used for the powerpoints.
AOS3: The Film Industry (Eduqas)
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AOS3: The Film Industry (Eduqas)

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This powerpoint is designed for ‘AOS3: The Film Instustry’ from the eduqas exam board. The powerpoint features all you need for this topic, audio examples embedded into the powerpoint (see headphone icons), other audio links will take you to YouTube. There are several google quizzes throughout the PP. I have added a document with the edit links to the files so you will need to copy these to your areas and add the new links into the powerpoint. This lasts for two lessons, it was created to work as a distance learning unit however, can be easily adapted for classroom use.
Music Theory (KS3)
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Music Theory (KS3)

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I wrote this scheme of work for year 7 to introduce them to reading music in a fun way. Initially the students learn to read the treble and bass clef and learn to play a simplified version of Imagine by John Lennon. Later on in the project, students specialised in an instrument or voice and learnt to play 'The Sky from Jigsaw Jam' by Music for Youth. The culmination of the project was a whole year performance of the sky.
Blues Music (KS3)
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Blues Music (KS3)

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This scheme of work was written for year 8 students to teach them to write a blues song using chords, original lyrics and improvisation. I used keyboards for this although I allowed students to use their own instruments, there is room for paired work or groups here.
Songwriting (KS3)
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Songwriting (KS3)

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This scheme of work was designed for older KS3 students (year 9). It enables the students to write a song in groups utilizing the four chords.
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.
Rhythm and Pulse (KS3)
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Rhythm and Pulse (KS3)

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This scheme of work was designed for year 7 students at the very beginning of their secondary career. It was taught over 7 weeks and explored duple, triple, quadruple metre, polyrhythm and notating rhythm. The culmination project took inspiration from STOMP and encouraged students to use items from their pencil case to create a polyrhythmic performance.
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.
Hip-Hop/Ground Bass (KS3)
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Hip-Hop/Ground Bass (KS3)

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This is a scheme of work I use with year 8 (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 write a Hip-Hop song using Pachelbel’s canon bass line as a starting point in pairs with the key musical terminology being Ground Bass and Ostinato. Any stars within the PowerPoint have a link to a video attached.
Fusion, Reggae (KS3)
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Fusion, Reggae (KS3)

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This is a scheme of work I use with year 9. It introduces them to Calypso music, through a class steel pan ensemble performance of yellow bird (music provided), the following week introduces students to Reggae and there is another class performance on the steel pans of Three Little Birds (music again provided). It then moves onto a larger project for the rest of the half term, a fusion of a pop song. I love this unit as I find that it really sets students up for GCSE courses, using much of the same vocabulary. Although the music resources are for Steel Pans in the case of Yellow Bird, there is a version of Three Little Birds not for Steel Pans if you don’t have any. n.b Any stars in the powerpoint are hyperlinks to the musical examples.
AOS3: Musical Devices and Appraising Film Music (Eduqas)
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AOS3: Musical Devices and Appraising Film Music (Eduqas)

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This powerpoint is designed for topics 3&4 of AOS3, ‘Musical Devices’ and ‘Appraising Film Music’, from the eduqas exam board. The powepoint features all you need for this topic, audio examples embedded into the powerpoint (see headphone icons), other audio links will take you to YouTube. There are several google quizzes throughout the PP. I have added a document with the edit links to the files so you will need to copy these to your areas and add the new links into the powerpoint. This lasts for three lessons, it was created to work as a distance learning unit however, can be easily adapted for classroom use.
GCSE: Tango (OCR)
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GCSE: Tango (OCR)

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This presentation provides listening examples and key learning/revision points for AOS3: Dance Music, specifically Tango which is suitable for use with OCR's specification (final exam 2017).
Gamelan (KS3)
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Gamelan (KS3)

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I wrote this scheme of work for year 7 to explore texture, tempo, dynamics and rhythm through Gamelan. It was designed for a five week half term but can easily be extended.
Music Theory Scheme of Work
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Music Theory Scheme of Work

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I wrote this scheme of work for year 7 to introduce them to reading music in a fun way. Initially the students learn to read the treble and bass clef and learn to play a simplified version of Imagine by John Lennon. Later on in the project, students specialised in an instrument or voice and learnt to play 'The Sky from Jigsaw Jam' by Music for Youth. The culmination of the project was a whole year performance of the sky.
Graphic Notation Scheme of Work
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Graphic Notation Scheme of Work

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I created this scheme of work as a way in to help year 7 students interpret written music before introducing written notation. The scheme of work includes as much practical activity as possible, as a whole class, in pairs and in small groups.
All I Want For Christmas Is You - Band Arrangement
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All I Want For Christmas Is You - Band Arrangement

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A Sibelius arrangement of ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’. Currently for voice, flute, alto sax, piano, violin 1, violin 2 and drums. As this is a Sibelius file it can easily be rearranged for your needs: uploaded as a Sibelius 6 and 7.5 files.
New GCSE: AOS3 African and Carribean Fusion (AQA)
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New GCSE: AOS3 African and Carribean Fusion (AQA)

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I wrote this lesson plan to fit with the new AQA's new GCSE specification. Fusion music fits within AOS3, traditional music. This covers reggae and African fusion, as advised by the exam board. Following running through the key musical features, students were required to take a simple, 4 chord pop song, and fuse it with one of the two styles that we had discussed. There is a short test at the end to develop dictation and enhance understanding of exam style questions. My teaching focus here is key musical features and how the music sounds, not key facts about the sub genres. Listening examples have been embedded.