Key Stage 3

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Key Stage 3 Musical Activities and Resources

These activities and resources are for teachers working with pupils in Key Stage 3.

Additional activities for pupils receiving small group/individual instrumental or vocal tuition can be found on our 'Resources for Pupils' page.

      


   

         

                    

     


 

Curriculum


A fun quiz for pupils (and teachers!)


A quiz about classical composers (answers provided!)


A worksheet to Introduce the differences between tuned and un-tuned percussion


Pupils can practise and revise notation using the worksheet.  Answers provided on the separate PDF.


Using garden minibeasts as the foundation of some basic composition and rhythm work.


A worksheet for pupils to compose a short piece of music.


A Worksheet to create a 16 bar composition


    Use the worksheet, music and Mr Dolling's video tutorial to develop improvisation skills:


    A composition exercise for guitarists


    A fun warm up for beginner guitarists.


    A creative way to explore Eminor with video tutorial, worksheet and backing track:


    • Tuning a Ukulele

    A simple guide to tuning a ukulele for teachers and parents/carers:



    Three short step-by-step booklets for absolute beginner ukulele players.  An idea way for parents/carers and children to learn together, or to be used in the classroom.

     


    All abilities can enjoy learning to play this wartime song on the ukulele:


    A collection of chords and lyrics to familiar traditional songs.  Chord patterns provided for ukulele accompaniment.


    Sheet music for school singing including piano accompaniment. 


    A resource for developing both sight-singing for instrumental exams, and dictation skills for GCSE music exams


    Educational resources organised by Key Stage.  Lessons have been created with teachers and other educational experts and feature a mix of videos, animations, practice activities, quizzes and games.


    Resources from the initiative for schools, led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups, that aims to open up the world of classical music to children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses  


    600 concerts available to watch online for free from a world class orchestra


    A website featuring interactive educational games, worksheets and information for use by children, parents/carers and teachers


    Resources recommended for teachers to use for planning home lessons for students.


    Free online music theory educational lesson presentations


    A huge range of backing tracks, sheet music, worksheets and lyrics for classroom singing.  The 'Song of the Week' resources are available for free.

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    Woodwind


    Free sheet music and backing tracks for flute


    • Flute - Increasing Dynamic Range

    Beginner to advanced players can add to their playing by increasing their dynamic range.  Here's how:


    A worksheet covering co-ordination, rhythm skills and reading music for flute


    • Articulation

    Mrs Bell advises beginner flautists on how to improve articulation:


    A worksheet covering co-ordination, rhythm skills and reading music for clarinet

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    Brass


    Bollywood Brass Academy work with children to promote and diversify brass band music.  Their website offers publications and some free resources.


    Publications for WCET brass.  Until June 2020, 100% discount available on top ten publications using the discount code 'MUSIC TOGETHER'.


    • Posture and Breathing

    How to maintain correct posture and breathing in preparation for practice:


    • Embouchure and Note Production

    Using the correct technique for playing:


    • Warm Up

    Mr Wightman demonstrates a simple way to warm up using scales and arpeggios:


    • Lip Flexibility Exercise Tutorial

    Top tips on how to improve lip flexibility:


    Exercises specific for each grade (1 to 8)



    The piece traditionally performed by solo brass at services of remembrance

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    Percussion


    A worksheet to Introduce the differences between tuned and un-tuned percussion


    Music with melody for marimba and chords

     

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    Ukulele


    • Tuning a Ukulele

    A simple guide to tuning a ukulele for teachers and parents/carers:


    Three short step-by-step booklets for absolute beginner ukulele players.  An idea way for parents/carers and children to learn together, or to be used in the classroom.



    A collection of chords and lyrics to familiar traditional songs.  Chord patterns provided for ukulele accompaniment.


    A fun song with an important message.  Pupils can learn to play the simple tune using the sheet music and tutorial video, or sing along with accompaniment.


    All abilities can enjoy learning to play this wartime song on the ukulele:


    A good piece for pupils to play at school or at home, with accompaniment or using the mp3 download backing track

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    Choirs and School Singing


    • Vocal Warm Up

    A simple vocal warm up exercise to prepare for singing:

     


    Sheet music for school singing including piano accompaniment. 


    A huge range of backing tracks, sheet music, worksheets and lyrics for classroom singing.  The 'Song of the Week' resources are available for free.


    A collection of chords and lyrics to familiar traditional songs.  Chord patterns provided for ukulele accompaniment.


    • 'In Harmony'

    A fun video with three Mrs Barbers!  Pupils may like to make their own version or sing along with each part:

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    Guitar


    A fun warm up for beginner guitarists.


    A good piece for students to play at school or at home, with accompaniment or using the mp3 download backing track


    A creative way to explore Eminor with video tutorial, worksheet and backing track:


    A composition exercise for guitarists


    A quiz-style worksheet for pupils working towards classical guitar grades Initial to 3

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    Strings


    •  How to Tune a Violin or Viola     Guide PDF 

    A simple PDF guide for tuning a violin or viola.  The video below shows tuning a violin:

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    Additional Resources


    Pupils can track their own practice or musical activities using this Reward Chart.


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