ICT-based Curriculum Resources KS 3

To age 14
 
Resources to support the teaching of music at Key stage three and beyond. Includes many creative projects, downloads for classroom flexible ensembles and creative music software.


MIDIgrid
a most unusual program! Initially conceived as a tool for professional composers, it has a simple enough interface to be used by very young children. This is the musical equivalent of a box of paints - and a whole lot more besides, providing new ways to explore, perform and compose music.


Create and play virtual instruments

Improvise & compose

Make multi-track recordings

Create your own interactive teaching resources

The present MIDIgrid for Windows is a basic version of this powerful program, including just those facilities most useful in the classroom, and suitable for use by specialist and non-specialist teachers alike. It offers unparalleled opportunities for users, of all ages and abilities, to explore the building blocks of musical composition.

MIDIgrid comes with a number of pre-prepared grids suitable for use at key stages 1-4, along with full teaching notes for composition projects at key stages 1 & 2. These demonstrate how the software might be used both for structured teaching with a creative focus and for free exploration. The activities integrate the ‘performing’, ‘composing’ and ‘using ICT’ strands of the music curriculum.

SW001 MIDIgrid for Windows  CD ROM


 

"Music for All Seasons" Miscellaneous Scores
Downloadable PDF sheet music with online playback

Online music to share, with something for all ages and abilities. Listen online and use our Audio playback as backing tracks. The sheet music for these songs is available as PDF (what's PDF?) downloads. Each season there is a link to a fresh 'Family Fun' activity page, featuring selected scores. These provide a means of achieving many objectives from the QCA programmes of study at Key Stages 1 & 2. The scores themselves will provide performance materials for Key Stage 3 - Adult.

Format: Audio/PDF
Price: See individual scores
Music for All Seasons" Miscellaneous Scores


Music for Christmas
Downloadable PDF sheet music with online playback

 

Christmas music to explore online. The sheet music for these songs is available in downloadable PDF (what's PDF?) format. The 'Simply Carols' series consists of mix 'n' match arrangements of familiar carols. Instrumental parts can be played as written or used as the basis for your own improvised music. 'Children's Christmas' includes original seasonal songs for children to sing and play and ideas for creative activities.

Format: Audio/PDF
Price: See individual scores
Music for Christmas

 


Classroom Ensembles
Downloadable PDF sheet music with online playback

These are simple arrangements, suitable for Junior/Beginner Ensembles. They are conceived as 3-part arrangements (M-Parts), with easy additional parts (A-Parts). However, only the melody line, which is suitable for descant recorders, etc., is essential. Teachers can mix 'n' match other parts, as they wish, making them very flexible resources for use at Key Stages 2 and 3. These pieces have all been used in classes with a wide range of abilities. A custom arrange/print service is also available. Teachers' Notes, available separately, detail improvisation and composition activities based on these ensembles.

Format: Audio/PDF
Price: See individual scores
Classroom Ensembles


Flexible Ensembles
Downloadable PDF sheet music with online playback

 
Description: These are flexible arrangements, suitable for the ad-hoc ensembles likely to be encountered in the secondary classroom. They can be transposed to any key, to suit a range of instruments. Usually they have at least one (optional) part suited to less experienced players. This can often be played to good effect on metallic tuned percussion, or keyboard. The arrangements can be used as backing tracks with pupils playing the easier, additional parts. Scores can be purchased in downloadable PDF format and custom packs of printed score and parts can be ordered, in any transposition required.

Format: Audio/ PDF / Custom Prints
Price: See individual scores
Flexible Ensembles


Get Creative in the Classroom - Level 2
Downloadable PDF files

Teachers' notes on improvisation in the classroom.These are in downloadable PDF format (what's PDF?). They support creative work based on our flexible and interactive classroom ensembles, Level 2 introduces activities in a manner that is Key Stage 2 appropriate but the same material has been successfully used in a variety of other situations.

In a mixed ability setting, it can be very helpful to combine creative work with ensemble playing. This resource allows the teacher, in addition to covering the creative aspects of the programme of study, to focus attention on parts other than the melody and to give less able performers longer exposure to the piece without boring the high-flyers. It is important that everyone should have the opportunity to work creatively, at various times. Even where all pupils are capable of playing the melody, it is sometimes useful to play the synthesized music, online, freeing everyone to try other things.

These resources encourage the integration of listening, playing and composing skills, as required at Key Stages 2 & 3. They are very suitable for use by non-specialist teachers.
 


Get Creative L2 / Carnival of Venice

Teachers' notes on using the online resource, 'Carnival of Venice' to teach improvisation and composition.

Exploring triple time / Improvising accompaniments

Format: pdf
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Get Creative L2 / Portsmouth

Teachers' notes on using the online resource, 'Portsmouth' to teach improvisation & composition.

Rhythmic improvisation / melodic accompaniments

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Get Creative L2 / Minuet II

Teachers' notes on using the online resource, 'Minuet II' to teach improvisation & composition.

Rhythmic improvisation / Balancing phrases / Using contrasts

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Get Creative L2 / German Dance

Teachers' notes on using the online resource, 'German Dance' to teach improvisation & composition.

Upbeats and accents / melodies from chords

Format: pdf
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"Get Creative L2" resources are in pdf format and are delivered as email attachments. You need a pdf reader to open the files and we have included a link to download the free Adobe Reader, if you do not already have one.

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Custom Arrange & Print Service


Switch Users & the Music Teacher

Many disabled pupils, unable to make music in any other way, can participate in a musical performance if they have switch access. In the music classroom, switch systems may be used in two ways: they are communication aids, used as controllers for speech synthesisers, text writers, etc., and also serve as virtual musical instruments, controlling various sound-making devices. It is important that, when used as virtual instruments, they should be treated in the same way as any other musical instrument.
This leaflet will assist teachers in using the switch system as an integrated resource for classroom music-making.

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Japanese Folk Music
Downloadable PDF
 

A creative project for Key Stages 3-4, using ideas from Japanese folk music as the basis of improvisation & composition. In recent years, ethnic music from Japan has been a source of new ideas for composers in both popular and classical genres. We can also tap into this resource in the classroom. There are opportunities for web-based extension work.

National Curriculum areas 1C, 2a, 2b, 4c

1c) practise, rehearse and perform with awareness of different parts, the roles and contribution of the different members of the group, and the audience and venue

2a) improvise, exploring and developing musical ideas when performing

2b) produce, develop and extend musical ideas, selecting and combining resources within musical structures and given genres, styles and traditions

4c) identify the contextual influences that affect the way music is created, performed and heard.

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See also our other free Creative Classroom Projects