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MUSICAL CONTEXTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS - Resources written and compiled and website designed and maintained by Rob Blythe with invaluable assistance with imaging and layout advice from Angela Blythe.  Supported Self Study Audio narrations by Lesley Blythe.  Huge thanks to Kevin Griffin and Nathan Martin for invaluable patience and suggestions and to Seamus ,Felix, Donkey and Ellie for unending support.

Musical Contexts provides teachers with quality, "ready to use", tried and tested and professionally presented resources for use in the primary and secondary music classroom.  The aim of Musical Contexts is to produce an easy-to-navigate and comprehensive bank of music resources, relieving teachers from the lengthy process of resource collection and preparation.

 

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Resources are all available for immediate download and are grouped into "topics" or "units".  Musical Contexts can provide new material to your existing schemes of work, or entire schemes can be used direct from the site - all the resources are there ready for download and use.  I hope that Musical Contexts can help you and that you enjoy the site.

Latest News - new uploads for 2018!

Two new “DOITNOW” PowerPoint Presentations featuring a range of Starter Activities and Lesson Openers from the new Musical Contexts “Hooks and Riffs” unit (Exploring Repeated Musical Patterns) - coming online in 2018 - and the newly revised “Building Bricks” unit (Exploring the Elements of Music) added to the Music Starters and “DOITNOW’s” Bank.

Two new “PLENARY” PowerPoint Presentations featuring a range of Plenary Activities and Lesson Closers from the new Musical Contexts “Hooks and Riffs” unit (Exploring Repeated Musical Patterns) - coming online in 2018 - and the newly revised “Building Bricks” unit (Exploring the Elements of Music) added to the Music Starters and “DOITNOW’s” Bank.

Two new sets of “5 Minutes Reading” Activities featuring ‘Questions to think about’ from the new Musical Contexts “Hooks and Riffs” unit (Exploring Repeated Musical Patterns) - coming online in 2018 - and the newly revised “Building Bricks” unit (Exploring the Elements of Music) added to the Music Starters and “DOITNOW’s” Bank.

New Cover and Homework Activities Pack added to the Musical Contexts Cover Bank as part of the the newly revised “Building Bricks” unit (Exploring the Elements of Music).  Ideal for non-specialist cover or supply teachers!

Coming online from October 2018…..The Musical Contexts Great Big Christmas Music Quiz!!  Sadly, I couldn’t get this “live” for 2017, but have finally obtained the relevant copyright permissions to publish this for 2018.  200+ questions in 20 rounds together with embedded audio and video files and complete answers in PowerPoint Presentations and paper formats.  I don’t profess this will be of any intrinsic musical benefit in terms of skills, knowledge and understanding (perhaps with the exception of the ‘staff notation’ round!) but perhaps a fun way of ending music lessons towards the end of the Christmas term (after a surfeit of carolling and Christmas concerts!)  Can also be set for cover and administered easily by non-specialist cover or supply teachers.  The Musical Contexts Great Big Christmas Music Quiz will be available via the Musical Contexts shop from October 2018.

Following on from the success of The Christmas Tree (Classroom Performing Pack), Musical Contexts is working on a follow-up featuring a range of further Christmas vocal warm-ups and rounds, together with a further selection of well-known Christmas songs arranged for flexible classroom ensemble.  Let It Snow! will be available via the Musical Contexts Shop from October 2018.