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Currently: Peripatetic Teacher (Piano, Singing and Theory), teacher, conductor, composer, arranger and repetiteur. Previously: KS3-5 Music Teacher. My 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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Currently: Peripatetic Teacher (Piano, Singing and Theory), teacher, conductor, composer, arranger and repetiteur. Previously: KS3-5 Music Teacher. My 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.
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!
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!
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 :)
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!
Baroque wordsearch
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Baroque wordsearch

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Wordsearch made up of key terms associated with Baroque music. Useful as a starter to get pupils familiar with words linked to Baroque music.
GCSE Music (Edexcel: pre- 1-9 curriculum) example Minimalism composition
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GCSE Music (Edexcel: pre- 1-9 curriculum) example Minimalism composition

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This is an annotated .pdf of the .sib file (both attached) to help students understand how Minimalism compositions are constructed - texturally, melodically, harmonically and structurally, economy of ideas, exploitation of the medium - and being able to see key terms and to be able to learn them musically and not just a definition from a textbook! Any feedback would be gratefully received, thanks!
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik sheet music
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Eine Kleine Nachtmusik sheet music

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**Viewing file issues** - use Google Chrome and download the Sibelius Scorch plugin if the .pdf file displays the music in an unreadable font Music for school String Group/Ensemble Violin, Violin 2, Violin 3, Violin 4, Viola, Cello 1, Cello 2, Acoustic Guitar 1 and 2 parts (in notation and in tab) and a Harp part. Full conductor score included. Difficulty ranging from approx. Grades 1 to 6. Any reviews/feedback would be gratefully received, thank you.
Indian Music documents
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Indian Music documents

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A mix of Indian Music activities - the instrument pictures can be used as a puzzle, cut them up and students stick back together. Students can work out instrument by descriptor and the final document is useful to differentiate between elements of each performance such as instruments/rag used. Any feedback would be gratefully received!
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!
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!
Class band song arrangements
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Class band song arrangements

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Chords, lyrics, ukulele chords and, for some, notes to use for glockenspiels/pitched percussion players. The songs have been arranged to better fit student vocal ranges. Any feedback would be great!
Tones and Semitones homework
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Tones and Semitones homework

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Year 8 homework - a mixture of identifying keys on a piano, intervals between letters of notes and reading basic treble clef to identify interval. 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.
Match key word to the music element
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Match key word to the music element

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An open task for KS3 - Year 7 task or Year 9 revision. Feel free to cater it to the needs of your class, there are lots of other key terms that can be added and lots of other tasks that can branch off from this.
Composition grid
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Composition grid

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Students compose a 4 bar composition in stages - chords and their rhythms then a melody and their rhythms. Any feedback would be great, thanks!
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!
The Scientist - Coldplay - Female Voices arrangement
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The Scientist - Coldplay - Female Voices arrangement

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My female voices (SSAA and Soprano soloist) arrangement of Coldplay's The Scientist. The Word document contains a link to take you to the sheet music on sheetmusicplus.com - it is an ArrangeMe title meaning the song can be arranged even though it is in copyright with the necessary royalties paid from the purchase. Any feedback, please let me know - should you like this style or fancy some more songs (that are on the ArrangeMe list!) do contact me. 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!