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Resources include lesson plans for KS3-5 Music lessons and PSHEE, software guides, chords and lyrics for songs and, more recently, sheet music of own choral compositions.

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Resources include lesson plans for KS3-5 Music lessons and PSHEE, software guides, chords and lyrics for songs and, more recently, sheet music of own choral compositions.
Classical Music
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Classical Music

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A useful start for Year 8 (and even Year 7) pupils into Classical music. The task is a comprehension with the document - students answer questions based on picking out information from within the comprehension. Pupils then summarise information from the questions to come up with 5 most important points about the Classical era. This is a document I'd re-worded from Wikipedia, adding and omitting bits where I saw fit. There are all kinds of things that can be added on such as more about instrument inventions, more composers, pieces of music etc. Any feedback would be great, thanks!
Introduction to Samba music
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Introduction to Samba music

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Ideal for Year 8 class - activities include: Origins/basic info/musical featuers quiz on Samba Example Youtube video of what Samba looks/sounds like What Samba instruments look like Learning basic rhythms and some specific Samba rhythms Create Samba composition using an edited Samba structure Plenary: name as many instruments from the pictures This has been edited from a resource that's already on TES so it&'s not an original resource. Any feedback would be great, thanks!
GarageBand guide
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GarageBand guide

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A basic 'How to..' guide for GarageBand. I have used this with Year 7-9 students and it works as well with all groups. Any feedback, please let me know.
Baroque Music
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Baroque Music

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A useful start for Year 8 (and even Year 7) pupils into Baroque music. The task is a comprehension with the document - students answer questions based on picking out information from within the comprehension. Pupils then summarise information from the questions to come up with 5 most important points about the Baroque era. This is a document I'd re-worded from Wikipedia, adding and omitting bits where I saw fit. There are all kinds of things that can be added on such as more about instrument inventions, more composers, pieces of music etc. Any feedback would be great, thanks!
Happiness!
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Happiness!

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A presentation of what makes people happy - some truths/facts about happiness, things to do to make you happy, a video about what it is to be happy and an activity where students write their own joke and the top rated joke is put on the classroom wall. Any feedback would be great, thanks!
Major and minor chords homework
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Major and minor chords homework

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Year 8 homework - previous topic is on tones and semitones - helps students to work out notes in the chords, accidentals needed and how to write them on the bass clef. Any feedback would be great, thanks!
Film Composer Puzzles
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Film Composer Puzzles

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A series of facts associated with either Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams and Thomas Newman. Students research online to work out which fact is associated with which composer. Facts taken from Wikipedia.
Building Chords
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Building Chords

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Useful for a starter from a previous lesson for chords - multiple choice of: what letters make a C chord, for example, what is a major/minor chord, what do they sound like ('happy' or 'sad' - feel free to use better descriptions!) leading into the chords they'll need for today's lesson for a class band song, which is only one chord away from an Axis of Awesome 4 chord song! Any feedback would be great, thanks! The song on the final slide is Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars.
Elements of Music: Mix&Match
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Elements of Music: Mix&Match

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A quick starter or matching the descriptions to the key terms - melody, harmony, texture, etc. Can be edited for extra words, examples of each element or even, depending upon your class(!), a demonstration of an element. Any feedback would be great, thanks!
Introduction to Salsa music
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Introduction to Salsa music

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Ideal for Year 9 class - activities include: Quiz on basic facts of Salsa music Key features of son and big band + revision task Listen to 'Clocks&' in salsa style on Youtube Learn salsa rhythms Perform to &';Dreamcatch me' by Newton Faulkner (strong, pulsing beat to keep in time) &'Taboo&'; game of key features of Salsa This has been edited by another resource on TES so this isn't completely mine but edited! Any feedback would be great, thanks :)
GCSE Music Glossary - terms and definitions
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GCSE Music Glossary - terms and definitions

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Useful to have an electronic version of the glossary - handy to use to cut out, have pupils work in groups to work out which words they recognise/can match up with other definitions or can be used to associate key terms with Areas of Study pieces. It saves someone else typing it up, hopefully!
Sibelius help
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Sibelius help

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Basic functions of how to use Sibelius. A work in progress but I've tried to use the main functions and there are many things that can be added to this. Any feedback would be very useful!
Vocal Music Set Works Features
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Vocal Music Set Works Features

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Useful for putting landmarks on the vocal set works (Weelkes, Handel, Stravinsky, Beatles and Carl Perkins). Examples include: Cadential 6-4s, first theme appearing, E major chord etc. Pupils can cut these out and stick them on a magnified and/or photocopied score to highlight areas of theoretical interest. Lots more terms that can be added. Please leave a comment if you have any thoughts on this, thanks!
Sibelius guide
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Sibelius guide

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A Sibelius guide aimed at Year 8 students and above; shortcuts, basic functions and tips. Any feedback would be great, thanks!
Instrument Heroes or Villains in Film Music
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Instrument Heroes or Villains in Film Music

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A worksheet of associating certain instruments with heroes or villains. It doesn't contain any links to tracks but you can use certain film and TV theme tunes to use for associations. For example, Double Bass - Jaws - Villain. Trumpet - Indiana Jones - Hero. Any feedback would be great, thanks!
Target Setting
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Target Setting

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Helpful for creating achievable, challenging and measurable targets. Rather than saying 'I want to learn how to play the guitar', for example, you could change it to 'I want to learn how to play a C major scale without hesitation by the 10th of November' for example. Any feedback would be great, thanks!