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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

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

Complete Year 7 National Curriculum Scheme of Work for Music

Complete Scheme of Work for music with lesson plans for year 7 students. 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)

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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Reggae / Rastafarianism Preparatory Worksheet

Reggae / Rastafarianism Preparatory Worksheet

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.
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Rap Worksheet PDF format

Rap Worksheet PDF format

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.
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Self Help Card PDF format using Garageband

Self Help Card PDF format using Garageband

A PDF format of the self help card. 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 (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 help, unless they refer to the card for help first. Additionally, one can include the rule that they must have asked the person next to them too before they are allowed to ask you.
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Lullaby Composition

Lullaby Composition

A PDF format of the Lullaby Worksheet covering covering three to four hour lessons. This is a four page worksheet that can either be written on or used as an accompaniment sheet with Sibelius or other notation program. The task involves composing 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 round. The link between syllabus 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 the 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 section. 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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Ground Bass Performance / Composition PDF format

Ground Bass Performance / Composition PDF format

PDF Ground Bass Performance / Composition worksheet. It is suitable for any years above year 8 and firmly bases the style in its historical context, leadings 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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Creating Variations PDF format

Creating Variations PDF format

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.
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Simple Waltz Composition

Simple Waltz Composition

A PDF version of a practical worksheet which uses a set number of speech phrases to introduce students to the rhythms of waltz. A preparatory session using these speech phrases enable students to produce a rhythm string. This prepares them for a waltz melody using Sibelius software. The lesson can be preceded by students learning how to ‘box’ waltz.
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Waltz Composition PDF format - step by step guide

Waltz Composition PDF format - step by step guide

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.
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Film Music - PDF format - performing Leitmotif

Film Music - PDF format - performing Leitmotif

A worksheet in PDF 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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Medieval Music - composing with Garageband

Medieval Music - composing with Garageband

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.
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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.
pjames37
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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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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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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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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Rap - lyric composition

Rap - lyric composition

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.
pjames37
Medieval Music - composing with Garageband

Medieval Music - composing with Garageband

A step-by-step guide to creating a simple medieval piece using Garageband (but can be 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.
pjames37
Simple Waltz Composition

Simple Waltz Composition

A practical worksheet which uses a set number of speech phrases to introduce students to the rhythms of waltz. A preparatory session using these speech phrases enable students to produce a rhythm string. This prepares them for a waltz melody using Sibelius software. The lesson can be preceded by students learning how to “box” waltz.
pjames37
Creating Variations

Creating Variations

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 rhyme theme. This would suit a class who are familiar with triads already, but are moving on to the use of the three basic triads. The worksheet is in Publisher format. 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 trail 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 lesson, which develops different versions.
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