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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.
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.
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.
GCSE: Composition Mini-Project Rhythm
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GCSE: Composition Mini-Project Rhythm

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This is a composition mini project centered around rhythm, it is not board specific. The composition is designed as a pre-cursor to free composition focused on rhythm as a starting point through using morse code. The whole project has three main group tasks so can be either done quickly in 3 lessons or extended over a longer period of time. There are audio links embedded within the star symbols.
A Level AOS2: Popular Music Joni Mitchell (AQA)
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A Level AOS2: Popular Music Joni Mitchell (AQA)

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This is a one lesson lesson for AOS2: Popular Music for Joni Mitchell. There are links to songs embedded in the star symbols. Please note, I have only taught AOS2 for the section A portion of the exam so please be aware that there are no songs analysed in the detail required for section C.
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.
New GCSE: AOS3 Blues Music 1920-1050 (AQA)
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New GCSE: AOS3 Blues Music 1920-1050 (AQA)

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This is the powerpoint and all music resources I've used to teach Blues music of 1920-1950 to my GCSE students. The focus is on the vocabulary and the students listening skills, although there is some background information. I took 2 weeks to teach this with the majority of time dedicated to the students learning one of the four blues songs (also included). After performing, the rest of the class discussed the key blues features in each song. I have also added a class test to summarize the learning over the lessons.
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.
GCSE: Harry Potter Exam Question (OCR)
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GCSE: Harry Potter Exam Question (OCR)

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This is a practice exam question for AOS4: Descriptive Music. The two documents feature a practice exam question and the answer sheet (including a link to the youtube track with times). I have written this exam question in line with OCR's requirements and am therefore able to provide this in addition to all available practice papers. This is just the long answer [9 mark] question with an addition composer question. I have included a powerpoint to aid with feedback.
NEW GCSE: AOS2 Rock Music (AQA)
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NEW GCSE: AOS2 Rock Music (AQA)

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This work was designed to teach students about Rock music of the 1960s and 1970s. This PowerPoint was used over 3 lessons to initially teach students about standard rock music of the era, the key sub-genres and a lesson about the Beatles. This work also features 2 homework's which proved very useful with the students.
Blues Music (Lesson One)
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Blues Music (Lesson One)

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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.
GCSE: Introduction to Composition
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GCSE: Introduction to Composition

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This is a full introduction to composition for the AQA GCSE music course however it can be easily adapted for any exam board. It covers what is required for the composition component of the course as well as the fundamentals of composition, some homework and a mini-composition task to help students understand ‘how to’ compose. Any star symbols have a sound link to them and there are some videos embeded in the powerpoint.
New GCSE: AOS1 The Coronation Anthems and Oratorios of Handel (AQA)
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New GCSE: AOS1 The Coronation Anthems and Oratorios of Handel (AQA)

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This is the powerpoint and worksheets I have used to teach my students about the Coronation Anthems and Oratorios of Handel. I also used this topic to teach them about the circle of fifths, modulations, structure, cadences, voices etc. There is therefore quite alot in addition to just the Handel stuff. There are listening examples either embedded or linked in the PowerPoint and a listening test with answers for the end of the unit.
NEW GCSE AOS2 Popular Music Assessment (AQA)(inc. Beatles)
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NEW GCSE AOS2 Popular Music Assessment (AQA)(inc. Beatles)

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This is an assessment that I have devised to test my students at the end of the AOS2 unit. It features three listening questions, like section A of the exam, and one extended question on The Beatles study pieces. The total mark is out of 65 so it is meant to be extensive. Included is the question paper and the answer paper. The link to my YouTube video of the listening section (Section A, Q1-3) is at the beginning of the answer document.
New GCSE: AOS4 British Music (AQA)
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New GCSE: AOS4 British Music (AQA)

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This is the PowerPoint I used to teach my students about the British music of Tavener, Britten, Maxwell-Davies and Arnold. It includes key vocab, listening and a practical activity.
New GCSE: AOS2 Film Music (AQA)
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New GCSE: AOS2 Film Music (AQA)

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This is the powerpoint I used to teach my students some of the key vocabulary of film music. The main bulk of the lesson was given over to a practical workshop where they were given a silent clip and asked to create the music for it in groups. 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.
Matilda the Musical: Medley - School Wind Band
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Matilda the Musical: Medley - School Wind Band

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This is a version of Matilda the Musical featuring ‘Miracle’, ‘Naughty’, ‘Telly’, ‘When I Grow Up’, ‘Quiet’ and ‘Revolting Children’. I have attached both the pdf and the Sibelius file (Sibelius 7) so that you can rearrange as needed.
Bad Guy - School Band Arrangement
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Bad Guy - School Band Arrangement

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Arrangement of Bad Guy (Billie Eilish) although it doesn’t have the middle 8 section. 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 and drums but can be easily rearranged for your needs.
GCSE: Composition Mini-Project Melody
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GCSE: Composition Mini-Project Melody

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This is a composition mini project centered around melody, it is not board specific. The composition is designed as a pre-cursor to free composition focused on melody as a starting point through using students names. It explores the Liszt BACH and Shostakovich name motifs. The whole project is individual so can be either done quickly in 3 lessons or extended over a longer period of time. There are audio links embedded within the star symbols.
Video Game Music (Lesson Four)
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Video Game Music (Lesson Four)

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This is the fourth lesson in a 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.