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Five starred resources. 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

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Five starred resources. 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
GCSE Song Composition Guide
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GCSE Song Composition Guide

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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.
African Drumming Preparatory Worksheet
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African Drumming Preparatory Worksheet

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Suitable for a non-specialist as well as for a preparatory lesson on practical African drumming. A simple reading and comprehension exercise which informs students on the nature of drumming in African tribal societies as well a the type of drums used as well as in what context.
AQA GCSE Scheme of Work new for 2016 (9-1)
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AQA GCSE Scheme of Work new for 2016 (9-1)

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“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.
Film music - Performing Leitmotif
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Film music - Performing Leitmotif

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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.
Reggae / Rastafarianism Preparatory Worksheet
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Reggae / Rastafarianism Preparatory Worksheet

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A worksheet suitable for a non-specialist (cover work) or as a preparatory lesson to a practical series of lessons performing reggae music. Short paragraphs with following questions as well as the opportunity for students to draw as well as express their own views/opinions about Rastafarian belief.
Medieval Music and Medieval Instruments
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Medieval Music and Medieval Instruments

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A written worksheet that would be suitable for a non-specialist allowing students to access the internet later in the lesson to complete some research on the sounds of the instruments. The concept of Drone and Mode needs to be known.
Reggae Composition Sheet PDF format
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Reggae Composition Sheet PDF format

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In PDF format to kick start a composition lesson to develop Reggae pieces using simple rhythms and pitch patterns. Highlights the essential elements to complete a simple skank, fill and bass riff. An assessment sheet is included to enable students to assess themselves as well as provide feedback from their learning experience.
Rap Worksheet PDF format
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Rap Worksheet PDF format

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A PDF format worksheet illustrating the origin and background to Rap music. A template us provided to create lyrics with or without a background beat in the classroom. This can be accompanied with a simple, but limited, patois dictionary (also available on my resource site) to support students. Brief level descriptors are provided to enable students to understand where they are in their learning and what they can do to improve. A simple feedback session provides information by students as to the difficulties they faced. The second page provides key words for the techniques used in DJ performance. This lesson can either start with a DJ illustration with the lyrics constructed afterwards or the lyrics tested out in partners or groups followed by a DJ beat with progressive additions to improve the piece.
Creating Variations PDF format
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Creating Variations PDF format

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A PDF version of “creating Variations”, which is a practical worksheet which would benefit from an initial demonstration using Garageband or other similar software. This would enable students to create one or more variations on a simple nursery theme. This would suit a class who are familiar with triads already, but are moving on to the use of the three basic triads. Students can be challenged to use their listening skills to see which triad fits the melody at any time. This can be an activity using trial and error initially but refined to create a simple bass line and a fill part using triad notes. It would be expected that this continue to a succeeding lessons, which develops different versions.
Waltz Composition PDF format - step by step guide
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Waltz Composition PDF format - step by step guide

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A step-by-step guide enabling students to create a simple three part waltz adding a bass, fill and melody using Garageband or other similar software package. This would suit a class who have already covered the basic three triads.
Ragtime Performance
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Ragtime Performance

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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.
Rap - lyric composition
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Rap - lyric composition

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A worksheet illustrating the origin and background to Rap music. A template is provided to create lyrics with or without a background beat in the classroom. This can be accompanied with a simple, but limited, patois dictionary (also available on my resource site) to support students. Brief level descriptors are provided to enable students to understand where they are in their learning and what they can do to improve. A simple feedback section provides information by students as to the difficulties they faced. The second page provides key words for the techniques used in DJ performance. This lesson can either start with a DJ illustration with the lyrics constructed afterwards or the lyrics tested out in partners or groups followed by a DJ beat with progressive additions to improve the piece.
Calypso - Creating a Calypso melody
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Calypso - Creating a Calypso melody

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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.
Medieval Music - composing with Garageband
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Medieval Music - composing with Garageband

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A PDF format of composing medieval music with Garageband. A step-by-step guide to creating a simple medieval piece using Garageband (but can e simply adapted to include other common music software) producing different levels of complexity according to ability. Model the task on a Smartboard, if you have one, or illustrate on a practical basis. Using sheets like this limit the constant demands of help from students.
Variations Structure in Music
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Variations Structure in Music

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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.
Entry Assessment for Music
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Entry Assessment for Music

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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.
Assessing new year 7 students in Music
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Assessing new year 7 students in Music

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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.
Ready for September Year 7?!
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Ready for September Year 7?!

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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!
Taize Order of Service for Schools
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Taize Order of Service for Schools

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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.