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Mike is a musician and Head of Department with more than twenty years' experience in the Secondary school classroom, specialising in performance, composition and research. A keen performer himself (Woodwind) and a celebrated Musical Director, Mike is able to draw upon his continued practice in preparing and sharing his resources.

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Mike is a musician and Head of Department with more than twenty years' experience in the Secondary school classroom, specialising in performance, composition and research. A keen performer himself (Woodwind) and a celebrated Musical Director, Mike is able to draw upon his continued practice in preparing and sharing his resources.
"HEDWIG'S  THEME" from 'HARRY POTTER & THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE' [EASY PIANO ARRANGEMENTS]
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"HEDWIG'S THEME" from 'HARRY POTTER & THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE' [EASY PIANO ARRANGEMENTS]

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A very accessible keyboard resource for your KS3 students, or as an introduction to Music for Stage & Screen. Can also be used as INTERVALS practice! (MORE DIFFICULT) Features three differentiated versions: INTERMEDIATE (EASY LH), INTERMEDIATE (MORE DIFFICULT LH), and MORE DIFFICULT with and without note names. Both versions are the first section of this work only. Ideal for solo and small ensemble performance!
GCSE MUSIC: UNFAMILIAR LISTENING #2
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GCSE MUSIC: UNFAMILIAR LISTENING #2

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A great resource to practice unfamiliar listening with your students - UNFAMILIAR LISTENING #2 relates to ‘world music’, or AoS4: Fusions in the Edexcel GCSE Specification. Includes: Student’s question paper and skeleton score and teacher’s comprehensive mark scheme as handy printable PDF’s as well as YouTube link* (inc. exact timing). Can be used as a starter, a significant part of a lesson (20-30 mins inc. discussion time), as a homework or even set for cover work. *** YouTube link included instead of MP3 recording for copyright purposes. ** (YouTube video for illustration purposes only - I do not own the recording or the channel)
GCSE MUSIC: UNFAMILIAR LISTENING #1 & 2
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GCSE MUSIC: UNFAMILIAR LISTENING #1 & 2

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Two great resources to practice unfamiliar listening with your students - UNFAMILIAR LISTENING paper #1 relates to musical theatre, or AoS3: Music for Stage & Screen and paper #2 relates to ‘world music’, or AoS4: Fusions, in the Edexcel GCSE Specification. Includes: Student’s questions papers and skeleton scores and teacher’s comprehensive mark schemes as handy printable PDF’s as well as YouTube link* (inc. exact timing). Can be used as a starter, a significant part of a lesson (20-30 mins inc. discussion time), as a homework or even set for cover work. *** YouTube link included instead of MP3 recording for copyright purposes. **
BRITPOP - "DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER" (Easy arrangement)
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BRITPOP - "DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER" (Easy arrangement)

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A very accessible resource for your KS3 students, featuring a step-by-step scaffolded guide to learning this great song! Features eight simple exercises to help you plan your performance assessments, individual structured sections of the song, guitar chords and chords ‘cheat sheet’ Create your own BRITPOP band arrangement!
*** GCSE MUSIC BUMPER BUNDLE [VARIOUS] ***
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*** GCSE MUSIC BUMPER BUNDLE [VARIOUS] ***

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Dictation questions on each specific set work, extended writing practice questions, unfamiliar / wider listening questions and more! Covers multiple areas of the Edexcel GCSE Music 9-1 specification. Resources can be used in class, for homework, revision and even end-of-unit assessments. (Dictation questions include mp3 recordings).
GCSE MUSIC EXTENDED WRITING - SCHWARTZ
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GCSE MUSIC EXTENDED WRITING - SCHWARTZ

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Section B / Question 9 of the new Edexcel GCSE Music specification. An excellent resource to hone the knowledge and understanding of each set work, continuing with "Defying Gravity from ‘Wicked’ " by Stephen Schwartz. Can be used as a lesson starter, a homework or even as part of a timed assessment. Includes Entry Starting Point exercise, extended writing question # 1 + teacher’s answers PLUS bonus Music for Stage & Screen Wider Listening paper + teacher’s answers. All as PDF’s and fully editable Word.doc templates. A must for your GCSE students! (YouTube links and timings provided - no mp3s for copyright reasons).
KS3 MUSIC: FILM MUSIC QUIZ + EASY KEYBOARD EXERCISE
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KS3 MUSIC: FILM MUSIC QUIZ + EASY KEYBOARD EXERCISE

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A fun and thought-provoking exercise to be used as a starter, plenary or homework - test your students on their movie music general knowledge! A great introduction to motif, leitmotif, composing and aural development. Featuring images quiz (name the character), listening activity* (name the movie) with 30 extracts and teacher’s answer sheets (both as PDF and editable Word.doc format - YouTube link included + video below) BONUS - ‘easy’ and ‘standard’ versions of Monty Norman’s James Bond theme on the keyboard (PDF) *Disclaimer - the YouTube video does not belong to me, nor does any of the recorded content *
POP MUSIC - "THINKING OUT LOUD" (Easy arrangement)
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POP MUSIC - "THINKING OUT LOUD" (Easy arrangement)

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A very accessible resource for your KS3 students, featuring a step-by-step scaffolded guide to learning this great song! Features seven simple exercises to help you plan your performance assessments, individual structured sections of the song, guitar chords and chords ‘cheat sheet’ Create your own singer/songwriter band arrangement!
DICTATION - RHYTHM & MELODY BUNDLE - THE WHOLE PACKAGE!
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DICTATION - RHYTHM & MELODY BUNDLE - THE WHOLE PACKAGE!

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An opportunity to MASTER aural dictation with these fantastic resources. Includes the new "101 DICTATION - RHYTHM & MELODY " book to develop repertoire experience and understanding of rhythmic and melodic patterns within familiar pieces of music PLUS question papers for ALL FOUR AREAS OF STUDY (Edexcel 9-1) PLUS the first four practice papers (easy) all as printable PDFs, teacher’s answer sheets AND mp3s! **INCLUDES MORE THAN 150 LISTENING EXTRACTS TO PRACTICE ! **
KS3 MUSIC WORKBOOK: "BRITPOP" [AN INTRODUCTION] SoW
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KS3 MUSIC WORKBOOK: "BRITPOP" [AN INTRODUCTION] SoW

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A very user-friendly 30-page workbook for your KS3 students (aimed at Year 7/8) to introduce “BRITPOP.” Includes ESP exercises, RAG-style resources for stretch and challenge, fun homework tasks, peer feedback forms for performing and an end-of-topic test for assessment. Now features a GLOSSARY to encourage and support the use of subject specific vocabulary. There are activities to span five lessons - these are not designed to last for a whole lesson but are intended to support additional listening / practical work. BONUS FEATURES: Now includes differentiated versions of “She’s The One” (Robbie Williams) and “Don’t Look Back in Anger” (Oasis) as both Sib. 7 & PDF files to support practical activities!
JAMES BOND THEME [EASY PIANO ARRANGEMENTS]
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JAMES BOND THEME [EASY PIANO ARRANGEMENTS]

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A very accessible keyboard resource for your KS3 students, or as an introduction to Music for Stage & Screen. Can also be used as INTERVALS practice! Features two differentiated versions: **EASY (EASY LH), ** and STANDARD with and without note names. Both versions are the first and second sections of this work only. Ideal for solo and small ensemble performance!
DICTATION - RHYTHM & MELODY - 101 LISTENING QUESTIONS BOOK WITH MP3s!
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DICTATION - RHYTHM & MELODY - 101 LISTENING QUESTIONS BOOK WITH MP3s!

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’101 Dictation Exercises’ features ALL TEN question papers in one* FANTASTIC 92-page book to help your students practice aural dictation with FAMILIAR pieces of music. (Now includes additional Student Book - Question papers & Assessment grids only for easy phtocopying - individual worksheets or the entire book!) Includes ALL TEN papers to work through familiar extracts of Classical, Sacred, Folk, Film, Musical Theatre, Television, Jazz, Pop and Christmas music in one convenient book PLUS additional Marking Grid / Assessment Tracker and manuscript paper for practice questions. Work through all 101 exercises to develop your aural perception skills Learn collaboratively or for independent study (can be set as homework, cover work) Master aural dictation in a fun and engaging way! Project answers onto the board for tutorial / class discussion Includes: 10 x question papers (each including 10 x questions), teacher’s answer sheets, Assessment Trackers & Manuscript paper - all as printable PDF’s and 101 x MP3 recordings!
BANDLAB - AN INTRODUCTION TO MULTITRACK RECORDING
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BANDLAB - AN INTRODUCTION TO MULTITRACK RECORDING

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A really useful resource comprising of two 15-minute tutorial videos (INTRO / LESSON #1 + LESSON #2) and an editable powerpoint including YouTube clips to introduce BeatBoxing! A beginner’s guide for both teacher and student(s) in understanding MULTITRACK RECORDING and how to work on this independently. No MIDI instruments required at this stage - just a microphone (the mic on your computer works just fine for this!) Use as an in-class resource and/or set as homework tasks. A fun and engaging activity for your students! (Developed during lockdown January 2021) https://edu.bandlab.com/
GCSE MUSIC DICTATION BUNDLE - 10 x PRACTICE PAPERS + ALL 8 x SET WORKS [EDEXCEL] PRACTICE PAPERS!
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GCSE MUSIC DICTATION BUNDLE - 10 x PRACTICE PAPERS + ALL 8 x SET WORKS [EDEXCEL] PRACTICE PAPERS!

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A MUST have for your GCSE Music students to practice question 7 on the Edexcel 9-1 exam paper. Features 10 x question papers of 101* fun and engaging well-known tunes in a variety of musical genres as well as 8 x question papers of specifically tailored exercises relating to AoS1, AoS2, AoS3 & AoS4 of the Edexcel GCSE Music specification. All as question & answer papers included as printable PDFs AND mp3s! INCLUDES MORE THAN 130 LISTENING EXTRACTS TO PRACTICE !
WIDER LISTENING PRACTICE PAPER # 1 (EDEXCEL GCSE MUSIC 9-1)
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WIDER LISTENING PRACTICE PAPER # 1 (EDEXCEL GCSE MUSIC 9-1)

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A brilliant resource to encourage your students to broaden their experience and wider listening opportunities for the ‘Unfamiliar Listening’ question in the Edexcel 9-1 exam. Features eight extracts and listening questions (two from each AoS) with various approaches / styles of question they can expect in the exam. Includes: Question paper, teacher’s mark scheme and YouTube links* to suggested recordings *An mp3 of all recordings has not been included for copyright reasons *
CHRISTMAS MUSIC QUIZ [FIND THE SONGS]
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CHRISTMAS MUSIC QUIZ [FIND THE SONGS]

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Three differentiated fun and accessible music quizzes from Ragtime Resources (Red/Amber/Green difficulty levels): Crossword (inc. answer sheet) ’Match the Emoji’ (inc. answer sheet) and ’Spot the Christmas Carol’ word search Go on - treat yourself…
GCSE MUSIC PEER FEEDBACK FORM [PERFORMING]
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GCSE MUSIC PEER FEEDBACK FORM [PERFORMING]

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FREE resource to help your students get organized! Basic printable (PDF) document including requirements for Paper #1 (Performing) components. Use for class performances, end of term assessments and to help your students track their own progress. Encourage your students to articulate their own progress (WWW) and targets (EBI) as well as how to critique their peers using the wording and terminology directly from the Edexcel 9-1 spec! ** (included on reverse).
GCSE MUSIC DIVIDERS
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GCSE MUSIC DIVIDERS

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FREE resource to help your students get organized! Basic editable (Word.doc) and printable (PDF) layouts including requirements for Paper #1 (Performing) and Paper #2 (Composing) components. Print on coloured card to organize your student’s folders! Encourage your students to articulate their own progress and targets as well as how to critique their peers using the wording directly from the Edexcel 9-1 spec! **
KS3 MUSIC WORKBOOK: "MUSICAL HISTORY TIMELINE" [AN INTRODUCTION] RECORDINGS
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KS3 MUSIC WORKBOOK: "MUSICAL HISTORY TIMELINE" [AN INTRODUCTION] RECORDINGS

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Recordings for lessons 1 - 5 in a “MUSICAL HISTORY TIMELINE” (KS3 work book). The MP3 recordings are timed and mixed on five individual recordings for ease of use - one for each lesson. To be used with the exercises in a “MUSICAL HISTORY TIMELINE” KS3 work book. Not for sale as I do not own the recordings or the YouTube channels from where they came. Also includes teacher’s answer sheet (with YouTube links).