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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.

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.
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.
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.
Peter and the Wolf - Programme Music lessons ideal for remote learning
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Peter and the Wolf - Programme Music lessons 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. In the updated powerpoint there is now a composing task and 11 slides.
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.
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.
Fun Christmas Pop music worksheet - comparing two singles
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Fun Christmas Pop music worksheet - comparing two singles

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Christmas Pop music worksheet - comparing two singles. This is a great introduction lesson to the difference between sacred and secular Christmas music. Students will compare and contrast two Christmas songs and this task will work perfectly for remote, hybrid or in-person lessons. The worksheet starts with some basic history about Christmas songs and carols and simple questions. Then there is a comparison question where students listen to Band Aid - Do they Know It’s Christmas and White Christmas. 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. Check out our Youtube channel - Passionate about Music Education which gives training advice specifically for music teachers!
Remote Learning Composing challenge!
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Remote Learning Composing challenge!

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This is a remote learning composing challenge where students have to create an original piece using objects around their house or garden. This is a fun task for students who do not have access to instruments at home. It is a great way to engage and encourage students to use different recording technology and their completed composition task can include family members both in their house or around the world. This is a good opportunity for you to link to Stomp the Musical. Powerpoint has been updated and includes the composing challenge, advice for students and some video links.
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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These worksheets have been specifically designed to support music teachers who are teaching remotely or the hybrid model. The worksheets are designed to focus on listening, appraising and understanding of historical context. These worksheets will work perfectly for any teacher who is trying to teach students who have no or limited access to instruments at home. Each worksheet explores different genres 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 - Samba
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Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Samba

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These worksheets have been specifically designed to support music teachers who are teaching remotely or the hybrid model. The worksheets are designed to focus on listening, appraising and understanding of historical context. These worksheets will work perfectly for any teacher who is trying to teach students who have no or limited access to instruments at home. Each worksheet explores different genres 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).
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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These worksheets have been specifically designed to support music teachers who are teaching remotely or the hybrid model. The worksheets are designed to focus on listening, appraising and understanding of historical context. These worksheets will work perfectly for any teacher who is trying to teach students who have no or limited access to instruments at home. Each worksheet explores different genres 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 that Inspires your Family
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Remote learning listening and project work for Music that Inspires your Family

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These worksheets have been specifically designed to support music teachers who are teaching remotely or the hybrid model. The worksheets are designed to focus on listening, appraising and understanding of historical context. These worksheets will work perfectly for any teacher who is trying to teach students who have no or limited access to instruments at home. Each worksheet explores different genres 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 - Musical Genres and Styles Mini-projects Book 1
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Remote Learning - Musical Genres and Styles Mini-projects Book 1

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These worksheets have been specifically designed to support music teachers who are teaching remotely or the hybrid model. The worksheets are designed to focus on listening, appraising and understanding of historical context. With limited access to instruments, this is a great way to encourage our students to have a life-long appreciation of musical genres and styles. These worksheets will work perfectly for any teacher who is trying to teach students who have no or limited access to instruments at home. Each worksheet explores different genres 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 - Protest Songs
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Remote learning listening and project work for Music - Protest Songs

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These worksheets have been specifically designed to support music teachers who are teaching remotely or the hybrid model. The worksheets are designed to focus on listening, appraising and understanding of historical context. These worksheets will work perfectly for any teacher who is trying to teach students who have no or limited access to instruments at home. Each worksheet explores different genres 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.
Ode to Joy - Music appreciation lesson ideal for remote learning
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Ode to Joy - Music appreciation lesson 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 music and composers that is perfect for inspiring students in middle and high school. The powerpoint explores the composer, has links to relevant online music recordings, and allows students to relate to the music and key theory. 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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These worksheets have been specifically designed to support music teachers who are teaching remotely or the hybrid model. The worksheets are designed to focus on listening, appraising and understanding of historical context. These worksheets will work perfectly for any teacher who is trying to teach students who have no or limited access to instruments at home. Each worksheet explores different genres 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.