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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.
SAMBA | Teaching & Learning [BOOK ONLY]

SAMBA | Teaching & Learning [BOOK ONLY]

This Samba book includes 35 pages of lessons, pieces, teaching samba, leading samba, music games, rhythm exercises and more. The full version includes audio tracks, powerpoint lessons, print-outs and more.
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Musical Futures | Pop Charts | VOL 1 - 6 [30 SONGS]

Musical Futures | Pop Charts | VOL 1 - 6 [30 SONGS]

Included in this Musical Futures | Pop Charts series is 30 modern pop songs tailored to suit any KS3-4 pupil or even KS2. 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. Worth £14 - SAVE 30%
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TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Rock Songs

TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Rock Songs

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
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TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Pop Songs

TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Pop Songs

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.
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Musical Futures | 7  Pop Songs

Musical Futures | 7 Pop Songs

Made suitable for Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard and singers. For guitarists, see the instrument chord book I’ve added in. (1) 7 Pop Songs is the Powerpoint in PDF format to ensure all fonts and imagas stay as they were intended. All 7 songs have been shortened slightly, keys changed and everything is labelled the same for Ukulele, Bass and Keyboard. (2) These are the sheets to go with the Powerpoints, easier to print out for in class, concerts… (3) Chord Book - Ukulele, Guitar, Bass and Keyboard with loads of different chords, all labelled to match so pupils can get straight to making music together!
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TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Disney songs

TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Disney songs

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.
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School of Rock Scheme

School of Rock Scheme

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
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Pop & Rock [30 SONGS] Lead Sheets

Pop & Rock [30 SONGS] Lead Sheets

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.
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Keyboard | Reggae Music

Keyboard | Reggae Music

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.
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6 Pop Songs for Ukulele ( + Backing Tracks)

6 Pop Songs for Ukulele ( + Backing Tracks)

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
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SAMBA | Maracatu (4 Lessons, with differentiated rhythms)

SAMBA | Maracatu (4 Lessons, with differentiated rhythms)

I have used this with year 3 but found it best with year 4 and up. Prior knowledge of reading rhythms helps but if this is not the case, it will probably take about 6 weeks. Samba Maracatu is an early type of Samba music. It's great for teaching pupils about clavé rhythms and the Maracatu rhythm itself is quite unique to the style. This is only a short topic (I usually do it for 3 weeks - easy, medium, then hard rhythms), however, with some of the rhythms being quite difficult you may want to pad it out or incorporate other elements like singing. The Powerpoint is set out so that you can drag & drop the elements you want and move them around to make a lesson from them. This is not a scheme of work. Font: Amatic SC (see my other resources for the font pack)
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Full Musical Futures Bundle [WORTH £20]

Full Musical Futures Bundle [WORTH £20]

This should be all you need to get your Musical Futures project started. All you need is seven different coloured stickers to put on your ukuleles, keyboards and even guitars and get playing some modern pop music. There are 6 volumes of Pop Charts totaling 30 songs. Provision is mainly for ukulele, keyboard, vocals and drums but the extra booklet also has guitar and expands on chords/notes for each instrument. Also included: Drum Kit | Beats For Beginners Uke-Hero | Interactive Game Boomwhacker | Getting Started Freebies: Rhythm Reading Exercises Rhythm | Grid Method The Rhythm Circle Note: The 30 pop songs have been transposed in some cases 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 26% Also available: Musical Futures | Pop Charts [BUNDLE 1-3] for £5.75 Musical Futures | Pop Charts [BUNDLE 4-6] for £5.75 OR buy each individually for £2
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BOOMWHACKER | Getting Started

BOOMWHACKER | Getting Started

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.
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Samba KS2-KS3 Book (PDF)

Samba KS2-KS3 Book (PDF)

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.
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Keyboard Orchestra | Star Wars scheme

Keyboard Orchestra | Star Wars scheme

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.
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Musical Futures | Pop Charts | VOL 4

Musical Futures | Pop Charts | VOL 4

This is the 1 of 6 volumes looking at music in the pop charts, tailored to suit keyboard, ukulele, bass, singing and drums. All charts have been standardised for ease and comes complete with print-out displays for the chords. George Ezra - Shotgun Jess Glynne - I’ll Be There Years and Years - If You’re Over Me 5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood Tom Walker - Leave A Light On
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TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Rock Songs

TUNED / BOOMWHACKER | 5 Rock Songs

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
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UKULELE | Disney 'Around The World'

UKULELE | Disney 'Around The World'

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)...
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SAMBA | Dinosaur Samba

SAMBA | Dinosaur Samba

This is a 5 week scheme I'm using for Summer. Rhythms are all dinosaur themed and I have adapted 'Walk the Dinosaur' used in Ice Age 3 to fit with Samba and to introduce more Singing in to Samba Lessons. Some rhythms are quite complicated but have found that exposure helps a lot of pupils as well as allowing those that are more capable to expand their reading abilities. Most will rely on their listening skills. Included: Powerpoints for 5 weeks Lesson Plans for 5 weeks Audio for 'Walk The Dinosaur' Font for Powerpoints Fonts used: Jurassic Park and Century Gothic
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RHYTHM | Grid Method

RHYTHM | Grid Method

I have organised these rhythms to fit with; 1. Samba instruments 2. Instruments from different families 3. Fruits Obviously people say words in different ways and with different parts of the word accented but as long as you follow the grid itself it works out.
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Tea Break Samba

Tea Break Samba

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.
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SAMBA | Teaching & Leading Samba [Pack]

SAMBA | Teaching & Leading Samba [Pack]

This 35 page Samba book covers how to teach, learn and lead Samba. From reading music notation (rhythm) to piecing together your first performance. Each piece has a different theme and gives you the freedom to make your own version. 10 Samba Pieces 10 Songs for Samba 10 Warm-up Ideas 10 Call & Responses 10 Breaks 5 Audio Examples 5 Ready-Made Lessons [PDF] 5 Music Games 4 Pages of alternative rhythms 3 Pages of Grid Method rhythms 3 Templates for making your own 1 Print-out Poster [rhythm circle] NOTE: Make sure you install all the fonts after unzipping the fonts.zip folder to ensure that all Powerpoints look as intended/created. If you have any issues with any files (or would like the PowerPoint versions) then please contact me through Sticks, Keys & Frets: Teaching Resources on Facebook.
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