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KS2 and KS3 resources for percussion keyboard, ukulele, guitar and bass... modernised curriculum materials and new concepts and ideas developed over 7 years of teaching.

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KS2 and KS3 resources for percussion keyboard, ukulele, guitar and bass... modernised curriculum materials and new concepts and ideas developed over 7 years of teaching.
TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Pop Songs
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TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Pop Songs

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1. Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Japsen) 2. Get Lucky (Daft Punk) 3. Love Me Again (John Newman) 4. Shake It Off (Taylor Swift) 5. Titanium (Sia) All in C major, though some pieces use little of certain notes. Pupils can be grouped with either chords or melody based on ability. Or, pupils can all be part of performing the melody or all be part of performing the chords. Audio is to play along with, for call & response purposes or just reference of sound. The sounds in the .mp3s are not Boomwhackers but Sibelius sounds. As reading the notation can be confusing to some, these are meant to be a guide for the teacher using them, however, Powerpoints for each piece are on their way soon to help with this.
Samba KS2-KS3 Book (PDF)
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Samba KS2-KS3 Book (PDF)

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This is just the book from the full Samba series I have been working on for the past 2 years made up of rhythms and a line of progression I have used with year 3, 4 and 5 pupils. The full series comes with Audio, Powerpoints and more (COMING SOON). There are 8 pieces included with call & responses, breaks and rhythms as well as songs to use in conjunction with teaching Samba. Also included, especially suited to non-specialists or even just those struggling to communicate rhythm effectively, 3 different methods for teaching rhythm to KS2 and KS3 pupils. Any feedback on this book would be massively helpful to me before I embark on one for snare drum/drum kit, tuned percussion and ukulele. A free (reduced) version of the book is also available.
TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Disney songs
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TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Disney songs

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The 5 pieces included here are: 1. Snow White - Heigh Ho 2. Lion King - In The Jungle 3. Bare Necessities - Jungle Book 4. Do You Want To Build A Snowman? - Frozen 5. Under The Sea - The Little Mermaid I use these alongside games, singing the songs, using solfege (do-re-mi) as well as teach pupils to read notation so that by the time they get to ‘Under The Sea’ they can work out the colours needed. Also included is a Powerpoint file which has the pieces broken down in to chunks (chords and melody). NOTE: Make sure to install the fonts included to ensure the ppt. file looks as created.
6 Pop Songs for Ukulele ( + Backing Tracks)
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6 Pop Songs for Ukulele ( + Backing Tracks)

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I have transposed the following 6 songs to be in the best suitable key for pupils as well as backing tracks in those keys too. Some of these tracks have been altered and some times do not include the full song for ease of playing. Before the lyrics begin, the intros of each song are the same as the originals. What I usually do is teach pupils at least C, Am and F before doing any of this. G and Em too for the higher ability. For each song I first split them in to groups to play each group (again, ability based), I then split them in to groups that take 2 chords each or 1 finger chords, 2 finger chords and 3 finger chords. Finally, I either then have pupils that play all the chords, 1/2 finger chords and 2/3 finger chords. Hold Back The River is available with backing track for free to try (see my other resources). 1. Hold Back The River - C Am F G 2. Human - Am F Dm 3. Roar - C Am F 4. Rockabye - Am F G Em 5. Thriller - Am D E7 G C F 6. Titanium - C Am F G Em
Keyboard Orchestra | Star Wars scheme
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Keyboard Orchestra | Star Wars scheme

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This is great for year 8 and 9 pupils. It's a great way to get pupils to access a topic about classical music. It helps pupils in identifying instruments, families of instruments, listening skills, reading treble and bass clef, performing as part of a section as well as at the end performing as part of an orchestra in a section, conducting, etc. Parts are differentiated for different abilities and higher ability pupils can try things like transposing, 2 hand playing, merging parts to form chords, etc. Included: 5 weeks of Powerpoints (though I usually end up extending it) Work booklet Work sheets with all parts Audio for ear training Audio for 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 conducting Audio of Star Wars Video of John Williams conducting Font (will need to be installed) NOTE: Some of the numbers given for each instrument on the keyboard may be slightly different but these are the most common GM sounds.
Keyboard | Reggae Music
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Keyboard | Reggae Music

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I usually do this with year 7 or 8 depending on ability. I have included 2 versions of this scheme; version 1 uses simpler notation such as crotchets, crotchet rests and quavers. version 2 uses semi-quavers, quaver rests, etc. There is a booklet, worksheets, a Powerpoint, backing track looped, drum kit part, etc. The powerpoint and worksheets use both traditional notation and simpler graphics to communicate the rhythm.
Samba Reggae | Jimmy Cliff + Olodum
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Samba Reggae | Jimmy Cliff + Olodum

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This is great for those teaching Samba who aren't sure where else to go with it. It's also great for getting singing in to Samba lessons. I personally start exploring different sub-styles of Samba as well as fusion styles and songs from those styles. Pupils don't need to be able to read rhythms but it helps if they have some knowledge. There are words that go along with each rhythm so can be learnt by ear anyway. There are a set of easier rhythms and a set of harder rhythms as well as both Jimmy Cliff's Samba Reggae and Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' for singing along to. The later can be used to get pupils to think about how to turn certain words and phrases in to things they do in unison. This can usually be stretched over a full half term, as the 4 sections I have split it in to are set as stages not lessons. Included: Powerpoint Audio files Video of Olodum live Font used: Amatic SC and Century Gothic
School of Rock Scheme
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School of Rock Scheme

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This is a great scheme for teaching chords, singing, guitar, bass and drums. It's great for Musical Futures with pupils forming bands as well as looking at different classic rock bands. They could learn to play some guitar (or ukulele) and bass as well as some drum beats (even if it's by playing the beat using the keyboard setting). Though the scheme is set in to 5 sections, this may take longer than 5 lessons and can be adapted to add in any devices or elements you need to add in. Included in the scheme: Powerpoint with 5 sections Worksheets for singing & chords, guitar riffs, bass riffs and drum beats Audio for all the songs used Video examples for drums, bass, guitar and singing Font: Rockwell See: Ukulele Chords, Guitar Chords, Bass Notes worksheets
SAMBA | Summer Samba [7 weeks]
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SAMBA | Summer Samba [7 weeks]

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CONTENT: 7 weeks of lessons for a medium ability KS2 class, though it could even be used as entry level for KS3. Powerpoints include a handful of games, warm ups, rhythms, breaks, hand signs, etc. I usually deliver these lessons in around 30-40minutes but I still try to spend time improving timing and playing to a pulse even by the end of the year. I use both the Apito whistle and the animations available in Powerpoint to have 4 Apito whistles appear on the screen to add a visual element (a wireless presenter is handy). MAKE SURE YOU INSTAL THE FONTS NOTES: The rests on the Surdo part are meant to be played with a bare hand. Ganza shakers are usually encouraged to make a < shape going up, back to the chest, down, back up to the chest (repeat). For the Tamborims I tend to get them to try an 'on/off' pattern similar to the Agogos adding + for closed on beat 1 + 3 and o for open on beats 2+4. I normally tell Agogo players to put their hand out as if they are shaking someone's hand but in this case the handle of the Agogo. From there I get them to make sure they are keeping close to the instrument and playing using their wrist. I said this goes for all other instruments too. For more, see my KS2-KS3 Samba book.
UKULELE | Getting Started [6 weeks]
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UKULELE | Getting Started [6 weeks]

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This set of lessons guides pupils through learning 1, 2 & 3 fingered chords along with songs, games, activities, strumming patterns / rhythms, tied together with learning objectives. I've include 4 backing tracks for getting started playing the chords of C, A minor, F and D minor. I label my ukuleles so that each note has a colour; C = Red, D = Orange, E = Yellow, F = Green, G = Blue, A = Purple and B = Pink. Anything else (flats/sharps used) I mark with black stickers. This makes it easy to explain to pupils which finger goes on which colour. NOTE: install the fonts included to ensure the powerpoints look as intended.
TUNED / KEYBOARD | Blues Music
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TUNED / KEYBOARD | Blues Music

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I have done this with KS2 (years 3 + 4) on glockenspiel and it has gone down really well. I have used something similar with year 8 pupils (also including opportunities for ukulele, drums, guitar, bass and composition) but this is a good starting point for pupils before they get to high school. Progress is set out over 4 lessons, looking at the 12 bar blues, chords (broken) / walking bass lines, Blues melodies, flat/sharp notes and improvisation. There is a song that I came up with that pupils love to sing that works nicely with getting them to improvise in between too. Those that excel can also be pushed using the 'Blues Bass & Melodies' sheet to help expand their vocabulary for improvisation. Font: Century Gothic
Musical Futures | Pop Charts [BUNDLE 1-3]
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Musical Futures | Pop Charts [BUNDLE 1-3]

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The first 3 volumes of the Pop Charts series for teaching in a musical futures style. Provision is mainly for ukulele, keyboard, vocals and drums but the extra booklet also has guitar and expands on chords/notes for each instrument. In this pack you have 15 modern pop songs, transposed to C major until later on in the series. Some songs are harder than others due to the frequency of the chords. All songs have been shortened to verse, bridge, chorus to ensure pupils are moving on to try different styles, speeds and chords. SAVE 28% Also available: Musical Futures | Pop Charts [BUNDLE 4-6] as well as the full set of 6 for £10
TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Rock Songs
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TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Rock Songs

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Includes 2 introduction lessons and then 5 songs to play. Intended for half/full term. Clear colour coding, instructions and design. Aimed at usage with KS2-3 pupils. Keep in mind, these are not the full songs, however, if you change the lyrics for each verse you can repeat what you need to play it. Bon Jovi - Living On A Prayer Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit Queen - We Are The Champion The Ramones - Blitzkreig Bop Journey - Don’t Stop Believing This is also part of a bundle with 10 other Pop and Film songs. FONT: If using the PowerPoint Presentation and not the PDF then you may need to install the fonts inside the .zip file provided
Tea Break Samba
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Tea Break Samba

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This is a quick piece you can do with KS2 which usually takes me a 40 minute session to get perfect. The speed is up to you but I try and get it performed in a way that there are no gaps between the rhythms and each break. The intro is repeated 4 times and the others once before going straight back in to the rhythm. I also get each group of instruments to do their rhythm solo in between the main rhythms too.
BOOMWHACKER | Getting Started
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BOOMWHACKER | Getting Started

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I use this to introduce the boomwhackers to primary and secondary pupils. There is 2+ lessons worth of material covering scale, chords, melody and rhythm. 3 songs are used throughout the lessons and everything is colour-coded to match the Boomwhackers. Songs are from The Sound of Music, The Ramones and Journey. If you are using the Powerpoints you will need to install font font included inside the .zip file. If you are having issues then contact me through the Sticks, Keys & Frets: Teaching Resources Facebook page.
KS3 Music Teacher Resource Pack
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KS3 Music Teacher Resource Pack

20 Resources
Perfect for NQT students or experienced teachers. This should cover a good part of your year! If you’re big in to musical futures or want to teach a few different instruments to your class this pack includes lessons for keyboard, guitar, ukulele, drums, singing, the lot… Includes; Blues, Music In Advertising, Classical/Baroque, Film Music, Pop Music and Rock Music 7 Self-Made Games: Note Rush, Count Down Chords & Uke Hero and more… 20 Resources worth £50 for HALF the price!
Samba Instrument Rhythms
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Samba Instrument Rhythms

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I use this for various things... a) to display to help pupils struggling to read rhythms b) to help pupils remember the names of Samba instruments c) to get pupils picking 4 to make up their own rhythms d) for games such as forbidden rhythms
Pop & Rock [30 SONGS] Lead Sheets
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Pop & Rock [30 SONGS] Lead Sheets

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Perfect for guitar, keyboard or ukulele! 30 pop and rock songs ranging from the 1950s to modern day. All songs have been shortened to mostly the beginning to just after the first verse. Most songs have also had their key changed. If this doesn’t mean anything to you, it means that it will be at the wrong pitch to the original version to make it easier to play.
SAMBA | Year 3 Performance Piece
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SAMBA | Year 3 Performance Piece

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This is a piece of music I have managed to get year 3 pupils of all abilities to perform within one 40-minute session from top to bottom (twice - getting pupils to rotate on to a different instrument too). All rhythms have words to go with them to help. Any rhythms in red (other than the Ganza rhythm) are for the teacher to play and then anything in green (other than the Agogo part) is for the rest of the class to play back. Anything in Blue (other than the Tamborim part) is to be shouted. Enjoy! For more Samba pieces see my book 'Samba KS2 to KS3'. Fonts used: Amatic SC and Century Gothic (see Font Pack to download)
UKULELE | Disney 'Around The World'
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UKULELE | Disney 'Around The World'

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I have put together 7 pieces from different Disney films based around the world. Quite a few Disney songs have a lot of chords in them or have needed transposing. Some still have harder chords used but I have a lot of pupils who have been bought Ukuleles as a result of doing whole-class lessons so these pupils tend to be able to do them. I usually split pupils in to a chord per team (6 chords, 6 teams), then 2 chords per team then split them in to easy chords and hard chords. These are not lesson plans but to be used along side other aspects of teacher (tab, notation, geography, language, etc). I have also included the Uke-Hero game I developed in these slides in case you do struggle for other things to do with pupils between songs. NOTE: You may need to download the videos for each song to input in to the slides (see: YouTube) Look out for part 2 to this covering countries like China (Mulan), Australia (Nemo), Norway (Frozen)...