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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.
Film Music (Lesson Five and Six)
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Film Music (Lesson Five and Six)

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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 fifth and sixth lessons are focused on the main project. 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Graphic Notation (Lesson Four)
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Graphic Notation (Lesson Four)

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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.
AOS3: Use of Elements in Film Music (Eduqas)
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AOS3: Use of Elements in Film Music (Eduqas)

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This powerpoint is designed for ‘AOS3: Use of Elements in 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/four lessons, it was created to work as a distance learning unit however, can be easily adapted for classroom use.
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.
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.
New GCSE: AOS1 Orchestral Music of Mozart and Beethoven (AQA)
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New 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. Please note: I have deliberately left out Haydn as I am tackling him separately along with the work on 'The Clock'.
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.
Music Theory (Lesson One)
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Music Theory (Lesson One)

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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.
Video Game Music (Lesson One)
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Video Game Music (Lesson One)

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This is the first 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. This also includes the lazenby font files that I downloaded, seen pictured.
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: Salsa (OCR)
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GCSE: Salsa (OCR)

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This presentation provides listening examples and key learning/revision points for AOS3: Dance Music, specifically Salsa which is suitable for use with OCR's specification (final exam 2017).
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.
New GCSE: AOS3 Contemporary Folk (AQA)
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New GCSE: AOS3 Contemporary Folk (AQA)

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I wrote this lesson plan to fit with the new AQA's new GCSE specification. Contemporary folk fits within AOS3, traditional music. To accompany this presentation, students worked through a focused listening sheet to highlight key features. There is a short test at the end to develop critical listening skills 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.
NEW GCSE: AOS2 Broadway Musicals (AQA)
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NEW 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.
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.