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All resources suitable for all regions. An experienced Head of Music of over 30 years with all resources tested in the classroom: in charge of a large team of 21 peripatetic staff and co-ordinating 22 music groups, experienced teacher trainer and examiner. I produce materials ready for classroom use across key stage 3 and 4 providing lessons for a wide scope of activities and musical styles

All resources suitable for all regions. An experienced Head of Music of over 30 years with all resources tested in the classroom: in charge of a large team of 21 peripatetic staff and co-ordinating 22 music groups, experienced teacher trainer and examiner. I produce materials ready for classroom use across key stage 3 and 4 providing lessons for a wide scope of activities and musical styles
Complete Year 7 National Curriculum Scheme of Work for Music with Milestone Assessments

Complete Year 7 National Curriculum Scheme of Work for Music with Milestone Assessments

"This is a really well collated resource and has been put together coherently and thoughtfully. Wonderful!" Complete Scheme of Work for music complete with detailed lesson plans for year 7 students and milestone assessments for the end of each term. Wide, varied and broad musical curriculum suitable for all abilities displaying a balance of world music, contemporary music and idiomatic music of the British Isles. This scheme of work is exhaustive, that even an Ofsted inspector will be impressed with the level of detail! Extensive cross-curricular, PLTS and many other links highlighted to show you are addressing all the issues in education today. Set assessments included as a resource.
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AQA GCSE Scheme of Work new for 2016 (9-1)

AQA GCSE Scheme of Work new for 2016 (9-1)

“Thank you so much for this. I have only ever taught the old version and was panicking a bit about the new syllabus”. This is a Scheme of Work based on the two publications by CGP, namely ‘GCSE AQA Music for the Grade 9-1 exams - Complete Revision and Practice’ for class work and ‘GCSE Music for the Grade 9-1 Course - Exam Practice Work Book’ used for homework. Each book houses it own copy of the CD. The composition element does not have an extensive composition lesson-by-lesson scheme as most teachers like to use a workshop strategy, giving one-to-one help and advice.
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Assessing new year 7 students in Music

Assessing new year 7 students in Music

Save time and be efficient! The new year 7 students are coming in September and you need to make an assessment of their musical knowledge and skills as well as monitor their progress towards the end of the key stage. This interactive Excel tool will automatically keep tabs on the progress of your students as you take note of what they have achieved throughout key stage three, as well as include an assessment on their prior knowledge from key stage two. Two automatic charts are produced as well as automatic data on the progress of individuals and the class with the standards listed in the national curriculum. You can link classes together to provide a whole year analysis or indeed a whole key stage three analysis by linking the data (a facility offered by Excel). This is a perfect complement to ‘Entry Assessment for Music’ file listed in my Resources.
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AQA GCSE Scheme of Work new for 2016 (9-1)

AQA GCSE Scheme of Work new for 2016 (9-1)

“Thank you so much for this. I have only ever taught the old version and was panicking a bit about the new syllabus”. This is a Scheme of Work based on the two publications by CGP, namely ‘GCSE AQA Music for the Grade 9-1 exams - Complete Revision and Practice’ for class work and ‘GCSE Music for the Grade 9-1 Course - Exam Practice Work Book’ used for homework. Each book houses it own copy of the CD. The composition element does not have an extensive composition lesson-by-lesson scheme as most teachers like to use a workshop strategy, giving one-to-one help and advice.
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Guide to EDUQAS GCSE Music for students, parents and tutors

Guide to EDUQAS GCSE Music for students, parents and tutors

Avoid the nightmare of having unprepared students for music GCSE! A 14-page booklet to inform parents, instrumental tutors (school-based and private tutors) and students on what is required to pass and do well in the qualification. It includes simple guidance for the EDUQAS GCSE course unit by unit and contains advice to avoid students being unprepared for all aspects of the course and, in particular, the assessment requirements. It also includes a key word knowledge audit for students, which teachers can use to plan their courses for the students on the course. This will ensure that all interested parties are well informed to support students effectively ensuring progress for all students.
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Complete Year 7 National Curriculum Scheme of Work for Music with Milestone Assessments

Complete Year 7 National Curriculum Scheme of Work for Music with Milestone Assessments

"This is a really well collated resource and has been put together coherently and thoughtfully. Wonderful!" Complete Scheme of Work for music complete with detailed lesson plans for year 7 students and milestone assessments for the end of each term. Wide, varied and broad musical curriculum suitable for all abilities displaying a balance of world music, contemporary music and idiomatic music of the British Isles. This scheme of work is exhaustive, that even an Ofsted inspector will be impressed with the level of detail! Extensive cross-curricular, PLTS and many other links highlighted to show you are addressing all the issues in education today. Set assessments included as a resource.
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Ready for September Year 7?!

Ready for September Year 7?!

A complete package to help you survive the stresses of the new start of year in September! Three excellent resources which put you on a good footing in assessing and monitoring students progress with all your lessons planned for the year!
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Film music - Performing Leitmotif

Film music - Performing Leitmotif

A worksheet (in publisher format) that enables students to perform Leitmotifs used in films. It provides two choices in performing a short Leitmotif from well-known films: Jaws or Star Wars. The most able are provided with a guide to create their own Leitmotif.
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Ragtime Performance

Ragtime Performance

A powerpoint to guide performers who are paired to perform a simple Ragtime piano piece. The guide provides a simple background to how the style originated and evolved leading to some animation of the different parts. This would suit a class who would ideally learn each part in their pairs. The more difficult part is the bass, with the easier part in the treble. The is room for all students learning both parts and then to allocate to themselves, which part would be most suitable for them. In any case, students either perform live or record onto music software to play back to the class or the teacher for appraisal.
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Entry Assessment for Music

Entry Assessment for Music

This is a document to help accurately assess new year 7 students entering the school for the first time. Assessment includes whether students have met the requirements for key stage two as well as ongoing assessment for key stage three. The document helps to integrate exam board assessment into national curriculum assessments. The resources includes points scores for all music qualifications as well as a record card for students during their study time for the whole of key stage three. This helps students and teachers to identify where they are in their learning and to enable teachers to report to parents, school managers and governors on progress in their subject.
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Variations Structure in Music

Variations Structure in Music

A publisher format worksheet designed for use with any music software or integrated live performers and backing tracks. Suitable for year 8 and above. Students learn to perform a simple nursery, which is scalic and in simple ternary form. This enables students to perform the music quickly. This would suit the next stage of variations composition. Different combinations are suggested to provide a coherent and flowing set of variations, which can be re-ordered according to the student’s wish. Simple to more complex changes to the original are suggested, which lead to students creating their own changes. An appendix is provided to enable students to use the three main chords of I, IV and V for a ‘fill’ and bass part.
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Guide to Tuition

Guide to Tuition

This is a Guide to Tuition for parents that can be used as a detailed template for your school, providing good processes and procedures to benefit music at a school and to increase it’s profile with parents. A booklet which is easily edited to tweak to the needs over your own department. The booklet outlines procedures and processes necessary to run an efficient music department and to raise the profile of its provision to parents. It is recommended the booklet is given out to students receiving or just starting lessons, which supports a fluid and efficient tuition system and obtain the “rubber stamp” of the senior leadership team to make it an effective system.
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Self Help Guide using Garageband

Self Help Guide using Garageband

Are you fed up helping students with technical problems when using Garageband technology in the classroom? Constantly saying the same things to students who clearly haven’t listened to your verbal advice and find yourself running around the classroom dealing with the same problem, feeling you and your students are making little progress? Copy (and laminate if you can) and place by each computer for students use. It is likely that you will spend more time teaching, rather than working up a sweat around the classroom. The guide sheet gives simple advice that is easily understood and solved by students on their own. It is good to refuse to help, unless they refer to the card for help first. Additionally, one can include the rule that they must have also asked the person next to them too before they are allowed to ask you.
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Canon Composition

Canon Composition

A worksheet to compose simple Canons. This includes an assessment sheet for students to self-assess and provide feedback from their learning. The worksheet would benefit from a simple preparatory activity using echo-clapping or echo singing to reiterate the principle of Canon. This can be achieved ‘en class’ by dividing the class into two or three sections, which then copy the given rhythm / pattern from the previous section of the class. You can extend this to three bars to create a three-part Canon. The worksheet enables students to create one of three differentiated Canons depending on their ability. The worksheet can act as a preparatory sheet before they use any notation or multi-channel software.
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Assessing new year 7 students in Music

Assessing new year 7 students in Music

Save time and be efficient! The new year 7 students are coming in September and you need to make an assessment of their musical knowledge and skills as well as monitor their progress towards the end of the key stage. This interactive Excel tool will automatically keep tabs on the progress of your students as you take note of what they have achieved throughout key stage three, as well as include an assessment on their prior knowledge from key stage two. Two automatic charts are produced as well as automatic data on the progress of individuals and the class with the standards listed in the national curriculum. You can link classes together to provide a whole year analysis or indeed a whole key stage three analysis by linking the data (a facility offered by Excel). This is a perfect complement to ‘Entry Assessment for Music’ file listed in my Resources.
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Taize Order of Service for Schools

Taize Order of Service for Schools

An order of service suitable for a school service that last for just under one hour. The service covers the Passion, Resurrection and Pentecost. Selected Taize chants are printed in two part harmony (for some) as well as a few popular style hymns. It provides opportunities for some performances by school students as well as vocal solos for either senior students or adults. The language used in the readings are simple and paraphrased to enable younger children to understand and relate to the bible stories. Preparatory materials (not included here) include prayer slips completed by students before the day of the service as well as a prayer box where they are presented on the altar.
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Taize Service Bundle

Taize Service Bundle

This an order of service in the style of Taize suitable for a longer assembly at primary or secondary school. This bundle includes a Microsoft Publisher version of the order of service as well as a very clear PDF format version. Additionally, there are copies of the prayer slips and alternative readings for slightly older students, both in Word format. The preparation for the service will vary, but there are two slots for students to perform relevant music if need be (alternatives are suggested). It is recommended for health and safety reasons that battery candles are used rather than candles with collars, if used in an assembly context. Icons drawn or designed by students could decorate the sacred space as well as the use of light and religious artifacts. It is also recommended that the chants (short and easy to learn) are rehearsed either in music or R.E. lessons as well as the appointment of a Cantor, which could be a good senior student with good vocal skills or an adult.
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Lullaby Composition

Lullaby Composition

A four page worksheet to last over two to three lessons that can be written on (if required) to compose a simple lullaby in 3/4 time using the words of Spike Milligan’s short poem entitled ‘The Sardine’. The style is placed in its historical context together with the purpose of such compositions. Students can perform the rhythms used (three different ones in 3/4 time) and as a preparatory exercise can echo clap these and perform them in a two or three part rhythm round. The link between syllables and the number of notes must be highlighted to enable students to choose the correct rhythm for each bar of words. When complete the class will be able to perform the piece using the completed written rhythm. An alternative is to use Sibelius to produce the rhythm string. The sheet includes levels to guide students’ progress and to enable them to see where they are in their learning. A learning check is also provided as well as a student feedback. Students can then attach pitch names to each note choosing from either CEG or GBD. In the following lesson students can move to Sibelius to input their rhythm string and to drag the notes to their selected notes. An additional accompanying ‘fill’ part can be added giving specific technical guidance on how to do so. Examples of correct and incorrect work is provided.
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GCSE Song Composition Guide

GCSE Song Composition Guide

Fed up of trying to spread yourself around your GCSE music composition class giving individual advice and trying to get around everyone?! If you have set your class a song composition, then this self-help guide will help your students and enable you to be more efficient with your time - and less exhausted! Suitable for GCSE composition and able year 9 students to help guide them through the possible choices available to them whilst composing, suggesting ideas but using the standard format of a pop song.
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Variations preparatory written worksheet

Variations preparatory written worksheet

A simple worksheet that enables students to understand the principles of musical structure but, in particular, the changing concept of variations in music. This is a worksheet that would be appropriate for GCSE or year 9 classes studying the genre and would be a good exercise after a starter. It can be used for a non-specialist or cover teacher part of a lesson.
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Ground Bass Performance / Composition

Ground Bass Performance / Composition

This suitable for all years above year 8 and firmly bases the style in its historical context, leading students to compare classical composers with contemporary ones using Ground Bass in similar and different ways. Designed so that students can input four simple tracks into any music composition software reproducing the Pachelbel Canon harmonic structure. Students are led to enter the notes again in a second section with suggested differences and are encouraged to progress to as many different versions they can produce. A brief appraisal and ‘pupil voice’ is included at the end to enable you to see how students dealt with the task.
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Calypso - Creating a Calypso melody

Calypso - Creating a Calypso melody

Suitable for most year 7 and 8 classes and uses three speech patterns to establish Calypso rhythms in the musical memories of students. The speech patterns can be performed as such as a string of rhythms, in canon (up to three parts) and can then be transferred to using pitch from set chords notes. This can be practiced before recording onto any musical recording software producing a phrases of Calypso melodies. This can act as part of a series of lessons going onto adding the bass for each chord used and fill parts.
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Reggae Composition Sheet

Reggae Composition Sheet

In Publisher Format to kick start a composition lesson to develop Reggae pieces using simple rhythms and pitch patterns
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