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I am passionate about music and drama education and have been teaching for 25 years. I'm sharing tried and tested resources that work for middle and high school music classes.

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I am passionate about music and drama education and have been teaching for 25 years. I'm sharing tried and tested resources that work for middle and high school music classes.
Pop music worksheet - comparing two singles by The Beatles
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Pop music worksheet - comparing two singles by The Beatles

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Pop music worksheet - comparing two singles. This is a great introduction lesson to The Beatles and learning to compare two songs and will work perfectly for remote, hybrid or in-person lessons. The worksheet starts with some basic history about the band and simple questions. Then there is a comparison question where students listen to Love Me Do and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club. Students will describe the musical features of both singles and then look for similarities. This links with Year 3, 1st Unit module from the Middle School Music Curriculum that is available to purchase on Passionate About Music Education page.
Film music composing task - exploring leitmotifs
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Film music composing task - exploring leitmotifs

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This is a great unit exploring film music and leitmotifs. In this power point there is an explanation of leitmotifs, reference to useful links, and a comprehensive step-by-step guide for students to compose 3 original leitmotifs. Students will explore how musical elements and devices are used to create iconic themes. Normally I would use keyboards, classroom percussion, students’ own instruments and garage band for this task. It works perfectly well as a unit for group, pairs or individual work. If you are doing this until remotely it will work perfectly well with virtual instruments or software packages. This composing unit would normally take between 3 - 6 lessons and I would record the final performances for assessment. Looking for some advice on teaching music? Follow my Youtube channel - passionate about music education.
Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Reggae
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Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Reggae

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This is one worksheet that comes from a series of 10. The bundle can be purchased separately on the shop page. Each worksheet explores a different genre and styles of music and will make a great one-off lesson, homework task or could even be expanded into a longer class project. Each worksheet has an opportunity for students to complete initial individual research of the specific genre of music. There is a listening exercise that expands upon the historical / context already learnt by the students. Each worksheet finishes with the opportunity for independent project work where students can pick a task from the list and use it as a final assessment piece that can be assessed by the teacher. Students will have the flexibility in how they present the work for assessment making this a great student-led project.
Rock 'n' Roll music appreciation lessons
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Rock 'n' Roll music appreciation lessons

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Stuck for fun ideas to do with your students due to restrictions on equipment, space or having to teach virtually? This powerpoint is part of a series of lessons on TES exploring popular music history. This one is all about Rock ‘n’ Roll from the 1950s! The powerpoint has links to relevant online music recordings, facts, diagrams and allows students to explore the instruments, style of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the 12 bar blues chord sequence. The powerpoint can also be used as a starting point for practical work or a composition task based around this musical time frame. This powerpoint links with the Year 3 topic 1 (Popular Music) of the Middle School Curriculum that is for sale. However, this lesson will work perfectly for High School students.
Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Romantic Period
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Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Romantic Period

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This is one worksheet that comes from a series of 10. The bundle can be purchased separately on the shop page. Each worksheet explores a different genre and styles of music and will make a great one-off lesson, homework task or could even be expanded into a longer class project. Each worksheet has an opportunity for students to complete initial individual research of the specific genre of music. There is a listening exercise that expands upon the historical / context already learnt by the students. Each worksheet finishes with the opportunity for independent project work where students can pick a task from the list and use it as a final assessment piece that can be assessed by the teacher. Students will have the flexibility in how they present the work for assessment making this a great student-led project.
Modes / Dorian Scale - Fun music lesson for virtual, hybrid or in-person
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Modes / Dorian Scale - Fun music lesson for virtual, hybrid or in-person

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Stuck for fun ideas to do with your students due to restrictions on equipment, space or having to teach virtually? This powerpoint is the first in a series of lessons exploring SCALES. Students will get to explore and learn modes and the Dorian scale. The powerpoint has links to relevant online music recordings, facts, diagrams and allows students to explore the scale, performance pieces and composing. Includes homework / extension tasks. The powerpoint can also be used as a starting point for practical work or a composition task based around this mode. This powerpoint links with the Year 2 topic 1 (Scales) of the Middle School Curriculum that is for sale. However, this lesson will work perfectly for High School students or any ensembles learning pieces centered around modes.
Music Pop History - Celebrating Black Female Artists
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Music Pop History - Celebrating Black Female Artists

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This is an introduction activity that celebrates Black Female Artists in Pop History. Students pick two artists of their choice to complete some research about their lives and careers. Students then pick a song by each artist. They are to analyse and compare the two songs and look for what both songs have in common. This is an ideal lesson for remote learning, cover work or teaching in a non-specialist music room. It links with the Middle School Curriculum topic 3, unit 1 (pop history) which is available to purchase on Passionate About Music Education TES page. Don’t forget to follow to get notification of new resources being published.
The Planet Suite by Holst - Programme Music Topic
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The Planet Suite by Holst - Programme Music Topic

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This is an introduction lesson to Gustav Holst’s The Planet Suite The powerpoint (9 slides) gives a short introduction to the work and composer. Students listen to Mars the Bringer of War Students listen to Venus the Bringer of Peace Students compare and contrast the music, focusing on musical elements Students then complete a composing task - creating their own version of Mars or Venus based on the classroom resources of your choice. There are links in the notes pages of the slides. This powerpoint links with the programme music and musical elements topic of the middle school music curriculum that is available to purchase on this page. Don’t forget to follow to keep up to date with all the latest resources!
Carnival of the Animals - Programme Music topic ideal for remote learning
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Carnival of the Animals - Programme Music topic ideal for remote learning

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Stuck for fun ideas to do with your students due to restrictions on equipment, space or having to teach virtually? This powerpoint is one of a series of lessons based around famous programme music that is perfect for inspiring students in middle and high school. The powerpoint explains programme music, has links to relevant online music recordings, and allows students to relate to the musical themes that the composer uses. Homework / extension tasks have been included. The powerpoint can also be used as a starting point for practical work or a composition task based around this famous and much loved work.
Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Film Music
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Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Film Music

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This is one worksheet that comes from a series of 10. The bundle can be purchased separately on the shop page. Each worksheet explores a different genre and styles of music and will make a great one-off lesson, homework task or could even be expanded into a longer class project. Each worksheet has an opportunity for students to complete initial individual research of the specific genre of music. There is a listening exercise that expands upon the historical / context already learnt by the students. Each worksheet finishes with the opportunity for independent project work where students can pick a task from the list and use it as a final assessment piece that can be assessed by the teacher. Students will have the flexibility in how they present the work for assessment making this a great student-led project.
Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Classical Period
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Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Classical Period

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This is one worksheet that comes from a series of 10. The bundle can be purchased separately on the shop page. Each worksheet explores a different genre and styles of music and will make a great one-off lesson, homework task or could even be expanded into a longer class project. Each worksheet has an opportunity for students to complete initial individual research of the specific genre of music. There is a listening exercise that expands upon the historical / context already learnt by the students. Each worksheet finishes with the opportunity for independent project work where students can pick a task from the list and use it as a final assessment piece that can be assessed by the teacher. Students will have the flexibility in how they present the work for assessment making this a great student-led project.
Composing using SCALES - Fun music lesson for virtual, hybrid or in-person
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Composing using SCALES - Fun music lesson for virtual, hybrid or in-person

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Stuck for fun ideas to do with your students due to restrictions on equipment, space or having to teach virtually? This powerpoint is the second in a series of lessons exploring SCALES. It walks students through major, minor and pentatonic scales. The resource has links to relevant online music recordings, facts, diagrams and allows students to explore the scales and has easy to follow compositions tasks. This powerpoint links with the Year 2 topic 1 (Scales) of the Middle School Music Curriculum that is for sale. Worksheets for each scale are available to purchase. Also, this lesson will work perfectly for High School students or any ensembles learning pieces based around scales.
Fun music project - exploring the C Major Scale
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Fun music project - exploring the C Major Scale

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Fun music project - exploring the C Major Scale This was created for music lessons being taught outside of the music room with limited access to instruments! The activities include an introduction to the C major scale (there is an opportunity to bring listening work into this), identifying the C major scale on a keyboard and stave notation. Writing 3 simple C major scale pieces using a given rhythm and a practical homework task (which could be a class lesson) on learning to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in the key of C major. Students could input their composition onto music software or play on virtual instruments if you have no access to classroom instruments. The practical task is also set up so students can use real instruments at home or in the classroom, sing the song, or use virtual instruments. This unit links with Year 2, topic 1 (Scales) of the Middle School Music curriculum that is for sale on this TES page. For more music lesson resources make sure you follow Passionate About Music Education TES page!
Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Samba
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Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Samba

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This is one worksheet that comes from a series of 10. The bundle can be purchased separately on the shop page. Each worksheet explores a different genre and styles of music and will make a great one-off lesson, homework task or could even be expanded into a longer class project. Each worksheet has an opportunity for students to complete initial individual research of the specific genre of music. There is a listening exercise that expands upon the historical / context already learnt by the students. Each worksheet finishes with the opportunity for independent project work where students can pick a task from the list and use it as a final assessment piece that can be assessed by the teacher. Students will have the flexibility in how they present the work for assessment making this a great student-led project. This task is linked to Year 2 module 3 of the middle school curriculum (Instrumental music).
Pop, Jazz and Blues Music history - introduction to Black Male Artists
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Pop, Jazz and Blues Music history - introduction to Black Male Artists

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This is an introduction activity that celebrates Black Male artists from Pop, Jazz and Blues music history. Students pick two artists of their choice to complete some research about their lives and careers. Students then pick a song by each artist. They are to analyze and compare the two songs and look for what both songs have in common. This is an ideal lesson for remote learning, cover work or teaching in a non-specialist music room. It links with the Middle School Curriculum topic 3, unit 1 (pop history) which is available to purchase on Passionate About Music Education TES page. Don’t forget to follow to get notification of new resources being published.
Popular Music Review Questions
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Popular Music Review Questions

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Easy review questions for any classes that have studied Blues, Big Band and Rock ‘n’ Roll music. Links with the Middle School Music Curriculum for sale - Year 3 unit 1 topic - Pop Music.
Virtual Learning Listening and projects for Music Classes - Funk and Disco Music
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Virtual Learning Listening and projects for Music Classes - Funk and Disco Music

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This is one worksheet that comes from a series of 10. The bundle can be purchased separately on the shop page. Each worksheet explores a different genre and styles of music and will make a great one-off lesson, homework task or could even be expanded into a longer class project. Each worksheet has an opportunity for students to complete initial individual research of the specific genre of music. There is a listening exercise that expands upon the historical / context already learnt by the students. Each worksheet finishes with the opportunity for independent project work where students can pick a task from the list and use it as a final assessment piece that can be assessed by the teacher. Students will have the flexibility in how they present the work for assessment making this a great student-led project.
Musical instruments worksheet - Pop History
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Musical instruments worksheet - Pop History

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Do you want your students to have an understanding of instruments used in popular music history? The first section is identifying instruments from different ensembles and electronic instruments. The second section is exploring and researching an instrument in more detail. A good worksheet that will work for cover lessons, classwork or remote learning. Links with the middle school curriculum that is for sale. If you like this resource don’t forget to follow the page for all the latest updates and new resources!