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I am a Head of Music at a Secondary School in London and have been teaching for 16 years. I hope you like my resources and they help ease the stress and workload!! :)

I am a Head of Music at a Secondary School in London and have been teaching for 16 years. I hope you like my resources and they help ease the stress and workload!! :)
The Concerto Through Time
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The Concerto Through Time

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Suitable for KS4 OCR GCSE Music - Based on the New 9-1 A power point that basically goes through from Baroque to Romantic Concerto for pupils to take notes from and start a discussion. To be used in conjunction with the OCR GCSE Music Study Guide by Rhinegold Education book or as a stand alone. Keywords in red to be added to glossary and suggested listening tracks all available on You Tube.
OCR GCSE 9-1 Film Music 1
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OCR GCSE 9-1 Film Music 1

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This is a power point presentation including slides for note taking, listening (using You tube clips and links) and composing as a start to film music for GCSE.
Samba Music - a seven week unit of work
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Samba Music - a seven week unit of work

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This is a 7 week Unit of work. I teach it to year 8 but is suitable for all of KS3. Included is: a power point which covers all seven lessons, a booklet which accompanies the power point or separate sheets if preferred, evaluation sheets, an assessment ladder, a scheme of work explain what to do and an independent homework project. (You will need a full set of Samba instruments!) Learning Objectives: 1. To understand the origins of Samba music. 2. To recognise visually and aurally the instruments involved in a basic samba piece. 3. To combine polyrhythms to a constant pulse as part of a whole class ensemble and perform as a class. To add dynamics and understand how to become a sensitive ensemblist. 4. To evaluate my own and others work. 5. To complete a Samba Music Independent Project.
Rock and Roll One Off Lesson
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Rock and Roll One Off Lesson

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A basic lesson on Rock and Roll with listening activity on Jailhouse Rock (find on You Tube) and also a performance task to get pupils to play the start of Bill Hayley’s Rock Around the Clock (sheet music available on line for free) Good as a bridge from Blues Music. Good for a cover lesson. Good as part of a time line SOW.
Calypso Music - a 6-8 week unit of work
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Calypso Music - a 6-8 week unit of work

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This is a 6-8 week resource for KS3 classes. Included in the pack are: Calypso Power point for all lessons Scheme of work and teachers notes for lessons Resources list of what is needed for each lesson Listening worksheet Individual performance worksheet Group performance worksheet Learning Objectives: To develop an understanding of Calypso Music through listening, performing and composing and evaluating. To improve listening skills by listening for specific aspects of Calypso music. To perform and learn a calypso melody on the keyboard. To perform and create an arrangement of a calypso piece as part of a group To evaluate and assess my different skills.
Stand By Me Ensemble - a 4-6 week unit of work
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Stand By Me Ensemble - a 4-6 week unit of work

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This is an ensemble activity for Key Stage 3 or 4 (good for a new GCSE class to break the ice) It can be as long or as short as you wish - I usually complete this in 6 weeks. Included in the resource are: Music of Stand by Me (bass, chords and melody line) Lyrics of Stand By Me Listening worksheet (comparison of the original and 2 versions of your choice from you tube - there are many!) Success Criteria Slide (marked out of 50 - this can be changed to suit your schools assessment)
Blues Music - an 8 week unit of work
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Blues Music - an 8 week unit of work

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This is an 8 week SOW on Blues Music for Key Stage 3. It includes power points for all lessons and an extra cover lesson power point, a scheme of work and worksheets where necessary. Lesson Objectives for Lesson 1 and 2: To understand the main musical features of Blues Music To listen to and recognise these musical features in a piece of Blues. To perform to the class a Blues Scale. To be able to improvise over a given bass using the Blues Scale. Learning Objectives for lessons 3 to 5: To understand how to form and play a chord. To understand the structure of the Blues chord pattern. To perform the Blues pattern correctly and in time. To consolidate knowledge of Blues Music so far, both theory and practical. Learning Objectives for lessons 6 to 8: To be able to aurally identify a walking bass line. To be able to perform my own walking bass line. To be able to combine a given number of musical features. To perform to the class. To evaluate my own and others work. Extension tasks and differentiation are included throughout and a resource list is part of the unit of work.
Theme and Variations 1
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Theme and Variations 1

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This is a 6 week Unit of work. I teach it to year 7 but is suitable for low ability Year 8 students as well. *PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THEME AND VARIATION 1 - THERE IS A THEME AND VARIATION 2 UNIT WHICH COVERS REMIXES AND HAS A MORE MODERN APPROACH IN TERMS OF INSTRUMENTS ETC. TO FOLLOW THIS. * Learning Objectives: To understand the definition of a theme and variation. To identify and define certain musical devices. To listen and match devices with Mozart’s Theme and Variation. To perform a theme. To create 2 or 3 variations from the theme using specific musical devices. . To explain what you have done using musical language. Included is: a power point which covers all six lessons and a worksheet which accompanies the power point. The power point and worksheet are quite self explanatory but I have put some brief notes below: Discuss with the class the definitions of T and V and then listen to Mozart. Give a little background is needs be at this point on life in classical times. Explain he had no studio etc!! Read through listening activity and discuss new keywords. (we note these in a glossary) Complete Listening Activity. Recap note reading and get pupils to learn Twinkle twinkle on the keyboards. Perform to the class. Discuss easy ways to change a theme - use tick boxes on worksheet so pupils work through list - perform. Move onto harder ways to change theme and us tick boxes again. Get pupils to combine all of their ideas to create 2 or 3 full variations and then perform and discuss.
The Irish Jig - a six week unit of work
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The Irish Jig - a six week unit of work

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This is a six week unit of work ideal for KS3. I use it with Year 8 as part of a Dance Music Unit. It includes a scheme of work overview, power point with video links and worksheets that complement power point and a n assessment table. Pupils will learn: The basic history of Irish Jig What the Irish Jig dance looks like Instruments associated with Irish Music 6/8 Time Signatures How to play a basic Irish Jig melody (differentiated options) Adding a simple bass line and playing 2 hands together Revision of Treble clef notes Evaluation and peer and self assessing performances
All the Theory You Need!
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All the Theory You Need!

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A basic power point that is useful for Year 9, GCSE or Grade 1 Theory Lessons. Covers the following: Signs and Symbols Clefs Repeats Scales Intervals Ways to compose - arpeggios, canon etc. Structures - Binary, Ternary etc.
Programme Music - an 8 week unit of work
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Programme Music - an 8 week unit of work

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This is an 8 week unit of work on Programme Music (Descriptive Music) for Key Stage 3. It includes a scheme of work, listening tasks, composing tasks and a progress log. Lesson Objectives: To understand the concept of programme music. To analyse different pieces of programme music. To perform a section of a piece of programme music. To create your own piece of programme music. To understand GCSE keywords and techniques of performing and composing.
GCSE OCR 9-1 Conventions of Pop Listening Revision
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GCSE OCR 9-1 Conventions of Pop Listening Revision

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A worksheet to help with listening practice for the Conventions of Pop Unit of Work in OCR specification. All tracks are available on You Tube. Great for Year 10 or 11 , as a summary listening for the unit or to use as you study each area within conventions of pop.
OCR GCSE 9-1 Conventions of Pop Flashcards
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OCR GCSE 9-1 Conventions of Pop Flashcards

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Photocopy onto card, cut up and mix. Pupils then have 5 minutes to put the correct musical features into place for Rock and Roll, Pop Ballad and Rock Anthems. Good for a starter activity or revision purposes.