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Blues performance worksheets and cover lesson
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Blues performance worksheets and cover lesson

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This is a pack of worksheets to be used as part of a Blues scheme of work at KS3 or KS4. The contents include: 1. Improvising using the Blues Scale 2. The Blues scale for transposing instruments and guitar tab 3. The 12 Bar Blues structure for keyboard/piano 4. The 12 Bar blues for guitar and Uke 5. The Walking Bass for piano and bass guitar tab 6. Writing your own blues lyrics (also suitable as a cover lesson) 7. 12 Bar Blues composition worksheet Great for getting students to learn how to play the blues and getting students to form their own bands and ensembles.
Rhythm Bingo Card Game with Audio for Music Lessons
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Rhythm Bingo Card Game with Audio for Music Lessons

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These are Rhythm Bingo Cards using 2 bar rhythms of crotchets, minims and semibreves in 4/4 time. I use these with My KS3 classes but could be used with KS2 or KS4. They go great with any topics where you are dealing with rhythm or rhythm reading. Great for a starter or plenary activity. There are 16 unique bingo cards (2 on each side of paper) on the PDF document. Each bingo card has 12 rhythms. You can laminate them to use them over and over again. I've also included a blank word document template so you or your students can create your own. Just select a rhythm and clap/play it and let your students work out which one you've clapped. You can even let a student lead the activity and decide which rhythms to use. Make your own rules to make it as easy or difficult as you want. Any feedback would be greatly received. Let me know how you got on with it and I welcome any suggestions for improvements. **UPDATE** This resource now comes with the audio files of the rhythms and track list. You can hear samples of the tracks at: https://soundcloud.com/russ16/sets/rhythm-bingo-card-game
Musical Maths
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Musical Maths

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This is a pack of 3 worksheets containing mathematical exercises that use musical symbols alongside numbers. The exercises are: 1. Adding & subtracting (24 questions) 2. Multiplication & division (24 questions) 3. Basic Algebra (12 questions) The musical symbols covered are semibreves, minims, crotchets and quavers. This pack was designed to be used with Key Stage 2 and 3 students but could be used with other age groups. Answers are included This is a great way to build cross curricular links between Music and Math.
Graphic Score Bingo Card Game with Audio for Music Lessons
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Graphic Score Bingo Card Game with Audio for Music Lessons

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These are graphic score bingo cards complete with audio recordings ( MP3s). There are 16 unique bingo cards (1 per page in a PDF document). Each bingo card has 16 small graphic scores on it and the pack comes with 16 audio recordings of the music featured on the cards. This is a great activity for KS3 and KS4 classes and work particularity well when teaching students about notation or the musical elements. Useful as as a starter or plenary activity or even as a starting point for a whole lesson. Simply print off the bingo cards, hand out to students (I get students to work in pairs), select the audio files at random and let the students work out which graphic score best fits what they are hearing. Make your own rules for bingo or have students come up with their own. Simply laminate them to use them time and time again. *Update August 2017* The pack now comes with an additional pack of 16 bingo cards which have four of the shapes removed on each card. This means students have to work out if they actually have the shape on their card before they can mark them off, rather than assuming that what they hear will automatically be on their card. These cards can be played alongside the original game and is a good way to stretch more able students. You can also use the cards as a performing activity before hearing the audio files. Ask students to try and work out what the graphic scores will sound like using their voice or an instrument. As a composing activity, there is a blank card that you can get students to compose their own ideas and create their own graphic scores for. A sample of a couple of the sounds can be heard here https://soundcloud.com/russ16/sets/graphic-score-bingo Any feedback would be greatly received. Let me know how you got on with it and I welcome any suggestions for improvements.
Music Bingo Pack
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Music Bingo Pack

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Save 33% by purchasing Graphic Score Bingo, Pitch Bingo and Rhythm Bingo at the same time. Great fun ear training activities for music classes.
Elements of Music Posters
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Elements of Music Posters

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This is a pack of 8 posters explaining the basic concepts of the elements of music. The 8 elements covered here are: Tempo Texture Pitch Timbre Dynamics Duration Structure Silence I have these up on the walls in my classroom and use them frequently with my KS3 classes (and sometimes even with my GCSE classes!)
Pitch Bingo Card Game with Audio for Music Lessons
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Pitch Bingo Card Game with Audio for Music Lessons

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These are Pitch Bingo cards complete with audio recordings. The pack comes with 16 unique bingo cards and 16 audio files. This is a great ear training activity for KS3 and KS4 classes. I print these off and get students to work in pairs. Play the 5 note audio clips at random and students have to work out the pattern of notes (based around the notes C, E and G). Make your own rules to play. Simply laminate the cards to make them last. See the note patterns in the sample card in the preview. Listen to a couple of samples for the game here: https://soundcloud.com/russ16/sets/pitch-bingo-card-game-1 You can make the activity easier or more difficult by allowing more or less playings of each recording. As a performance activity you can get students to sing the music before they hear it and students can compose their own bingo card with the blank template in the pack. Any feedback would be greatly received. Let me know how you got on with it and I welcome any suggestions for improvements.
Mega Music Bingo Bundle
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Mega Music Bingo Bundle

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Saver over 40% when you purchase the following as part of the Mega Bingo Bundle: 1. Chord Progression Bingo 2. Graphic Score Bingo 3. Interval Bingo 4. Pitch Bingo 5. Rhythm Bingo 6. Rhythm Bingo 2
One Octave Notefinder for piano or keyboard
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One Octave Notefinder for piano or keyboard

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This is a resource to help students find the correct notes on a piano or keyboard that uses full size keys. It also has a guide to basic treble and bass clef notes on the reverse. Suitable for students of any age. Simply print off the PDF document, cut out, place on the keys to give you a guide to the note names of the keys. Simply laminate them to make them last. Fed up with students writing all over your keyboards? Try the Notefinder!
Music Card Sort Activities
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Music Card Sort Activities

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There are 7 different activities in this Music Card Sort pack. Simply print them off, cut them out and use them as starters, plenaries or to just vary the activities that students do in lessons. These are excellent for group work but can also be used on an individual basis. Simply laminate them to make them last. The topics included are: 1. Dynamics (2 pages) 2. Tempo and Metre 3. Musical Elements 4. Instruments (Orchestral) 5. Rhythm 6. Pitch (treble clef lines and spaces) 7. Pitch (bass clef lines and spaces)
Music Sudoku
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Music Sudoku

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This is pack of differentiated music related Sudoku activities. Instead of using numbers the puzzles use music symbols related to rhythm. The musical symbols covered are: breves, semibreves, minims, crotchets, quavers, semiquavers and rests. There are 18 puzzles in this resource which are split into three levels of difficulty: 1. Easy 4x4 grid 2. Medium 6x6 grid 3. Hard 9x9 grid This activity is particularly useful when building cross-curricular links between Music and Maths. The solutions are included as part of this resource.
Rhythm Bingo 2 GCSE Edition Cards and Audio for Music Lessons
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Rhythm Bingo 2 GCSE Edition Cards and Audio for Music Lessons

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This is the more difficult version of the original Rhythm Bingo. This game uses rhythms based on semibreves, minims, crotchets, quavers, semiquavers, dotted rhythms, triplets and rest. Take a look at the preview for a sample of the rhythms. This is aimed primarily at GCSE students but could be used at KS3 or KS5. Useful as as a starter or plenary activity or even as a starting point for a whole lesson. There are 16 unique bingo cards (1 per page in a PDF document). Each bingo card has 16 different rhythms on it and the pack includes 16 audio recordings of the rhythms featured on the cards. Each track corresponds to the numbers on the bingo cards and has a four beat intro before the rhythm plays. Sample rhythms can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/russ16/sets/rhythm-bingo-2-card-game-sample-rhythms Simply print off the bingo cards, hand out to students (I get students to work in pairs), select the audio files at random and let the students work out which rhythm fits what they are hearing. Make your own rules for bingo or have students come up with their own. Simply laminate them to use them time and time again. You can also use the cards as a performing activity before hearing the audio files. Ask students to try and work out what the rhythms are before they hear them. As a composing activity, there is a blank card that you can get students to compose their own rhythms in the blank bingo card in the pack. Any feedback would be greatly received. Let me know how you got on with it and I welcome any suggestions for improvements.
Two Octave Notefinders for keyboard or piano
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Two Octave Notefinders for keyboard or piano

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This is a resource to help students find the correct notes on a piano or keyboard that uses full size keys. On the reverse, it has a guide to basic treble and bass clef notes as well as basic rhythm values . Suitable for students of any age. This resources is for printing on A3 paper size. Ensure that your PDF reader is set to 'Choose paper source by PDF page size' to get the correct page size and dimensions. Simply print off the PDF document, cut out, place on the keys to give you a guide to the note names of the keys. Simply laminate them to make them last. Fed up with students writing all over your keyboards? Try the Notefinder!
Composing in Ternary Form
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Composing in Ternary Form

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This is a student's step by step guide to composing in ternary form. It can be used with classes or as an independent study guide for students. This workbook also includes notation basics to help students with the theory of composing using notation. I initially wrote this booklet to help with students at GCSE level who were struggling to get started with composition. However, it could be useful for more able students at Key Stage 3. The 15 page workbook contents: Notation basics – Pitch Notation basics – Rhythm What is Ternary Form? Composing the A Section Composing your own A Section Composing the B Section Composing your own B Section Chords Adding chords to your melody Cadences The return of the A Section Extending your piece further
Music Puzzle Pack
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Music Puzzle Pack

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Save when you buy these resources as part of the Music Puzzle pack. 1. Music Card Sort Activities 2. Music Sudoku 3. Musical Maths
GCSE Music group composition activity
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GCSE Music group composition activity

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This works really well as a group activity at GCSE level but can also be done as an individual activity. The activity involves getting students into groups of 3 or 4 and then they select a series of set criteria for their composition from the pack at random. The criteria are things such as 'your piece must start with a crescendo' or ' you must use the blues scale'. It is a great activity for helping students learn or reinforce key words for GCSE Music. If someone in the group doesn't know what one of the key words are, other students can normally help them. I often have music dictionaries available for students who aren't quite sure what some of the key words are to encourage them to research them before asking me. Print off this document (each page on different colour can be good). Cut up each statement on pages 2 - 6 and place in a pile with the other statements from that page. Students select 1 statement (can be at random) from each pile and they then need to compose a piece based on the statements that they have selected Students then perform their composition to the class and the other students have to guess which of the key words (on the last page) they have used in their composition. I normally give all students a copy of the last page to tick off the key words that they have heard.
How to Compose a Cadenza
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How to Compose a Cadenza

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This is a 2 page worksheet with some tips and guidance for students on how to compose a simple cadenza. I wrote this to cover some aspects of the 'Concerto through time' area of study for OCR GCSE Music but it could also be used for KS5 classes. I use it as a composing and performance activity for GCSE Music. The worksheet takes a brief look at cadenzas and then sets out some techniques that could be used for students to write their own. The worksheet looks at sequences, repetition, chromatic passages, interval expansion, dynamics, tempo and articulations.