Below are some ideas for where to go for high quality educational resources that can support the planning and delivery of your curriculum.
- BBC Bitesize
A really helpful website for ideas on delivering the KS3 music curriculum. Content includes ideas on getting started with composition, performing, music technology and more.
- BBC 10 pieces
A fantastic resource not only for curriculum lessons but to support ensembles and extracurricular activities. There are a variety of pieces that have been arranged for ensembles of all abilities, perfect for secondary school ensembles and orchestras!
- Music Theory
A great online resource to support students in developing their notation reading and music theory knowledge. Students can complete exercises on note identification, chord recognition, key signature recognition and more. Great for GCSE and A level pupils!
- I Can Compose
I can compose provides some free resources as well as a teacher’s area that includes optional paid for courses. A helpful place to go for those looking for inspiration on activities and ways of including composition in their music lessons.
- LPO BrightSparks Repertoire unlocked
The London Philharmonic Orchestra have created an area where you can Explore and uncover the building blocks of orchestral repertoire with our illuminating videos and written resources.
Smashbeats is a percussion based programme developed by Kent Music for use in school years 5-7. It’s accessible for specialist and non-specialist music teachers, and while it’s specifically for use in years 5 – 7, it has useful exercises for students at many levels.
- > Smashbeats Rhythm Cards
- > Smashbeats Activity 1: The Name Game
- > Smashbeats Activity 2 : Rhythm Pieces from Words
- > Smashbeats Activity 3: Stories and Composition
- > Smashbeats Activity 4: Multi-Layered Rhythms
- > Smashbeats Activity 5: Rap
- > Smashbeats Activity 6: Rhythm Grid
- > Smashbeats Activity 7: First You Make Your Fingers Click
- > Smashbeats Activity 8: Rhythm Cards
- > Smashbeats Activity 9: Visual Sounds
- > Smashbeats Activity 10: Syncopation
A simple multi-track editor for Windows or macOS. A good first option for those looking for an introduction at multi-tracking.
- The Voices Foundation
The Voices Foundation provided virtual assemblies during lockdown which they have left available for everyone to use! This is a fantastic way to get your pupils singing, or even better use them as training and professional development opportunities for your staff and get more singing happening in school! There are a range of other materials on their website to support the development of singing in your school too.