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What is Musical Contexts?​

Musical Contexts is a website providing teachers with a bank of quality, "ready to use", tried and tested and professionally presented resources for use in the Primary and Secondary music classroom.

​The Primary/Key Stage 2 Musical Contexts resources aim to combine music with established popular Primary class Topics/Themes adding a cross-curricular approach to learning.  ​Each of the Primary/Key Stage 2 Musical Contexts units focuses on one or more of the Elements of Music - Rhythm, Pitch, Texture, Timbre/Sonority & Dynamics, Melody & Harmony and Structure & Form.

​The Secondary/Key Stage 3 Musical Contexts resources aim to build on traditionally popular units frequently taught by secondary music specialists and to prepare pupils for the new 2016 GCSE (9-1) Music specifications with the option of selecting units to construct either a three-year or two-year Key Stage 3 course as has now become popular in many schools.

​The Musical Contexts 2016 GCSE (9-1) Music resources offer Study & Revision Guides, Knowledge Organisers, sample GCSE-style Listening Questions and a range of listening, performing and composing activities to support the new 2016 GCSE (9-1) Music Areas of Study.

How can I use Musical Contexts?

​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.  Resources are available for immediate download and are grouped in "topics" or "units" within each key stage.

​There are a wealth of different resources for each of the units and probably far more than any teacher will be able to cover in a half-term's worth of work!  This has been the intention of the design giving you, the teacher, the choice of which resources and activities to use.  Some teachers and schools have well-established schemes of work and Musical Contexts can be used to provide new materials and fresh inspiration to compliment this.  Otherwise, the entire scheme of work can be used direct from the site - all of the resources, including audio files - are there ready to download and use.

​How you use Musical Contexts is entirely up to you!

What kind of resources does Musical Contexts offer?

Musical Contexts contains a wide variety of different teaching and learning resources.  At Primary/Key Stage 2 and Secondary/Key Stage 3, these include Teacher Schemes of Work with Lesson Overviews, Knowledge Organisers, Learning, Listening, Composing and Evaluating Worksheets, Performing Activities including Songs and Scores, DOITNOW and Plenary Presentations, 5-Minute Reading Tasks, supporting Cover and Homework activities (available in ‘packs’ within each unit), Audio and MIDI files and some units include Video files and Musical Contexts "IN ACTION" audio examples to support learning. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

​At GCSE level, Musical Contexts offers Study and Revision Guides, Knowledge Organisers and sample GCSE-style Listening Questions to support the new 2016 GCSE (9-1) Music Areas of Study. ​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Musical Contexts Baseline Assessment Listening Test  provides a vital way of measuring pupil's understanding in music at the start of Year 7.  ​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, a Music Cover Bank, “DOITNOW”, “Plenary” and “5-Minute Reading” Bank and Getting Started - First Music Lesson Ideas will provide teacher’s with an additional “ready to use” bank of flexible resources. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From time to time, Musical Contexts will also add Seasonal Topic Packs covering areas such as Christmas, Halloween, Bonfire Night and End of Term Quizzes.  These are not included within the “full-site subscription” due to costs in obtaining copyright permissions to use songs, scores and audio materials contained within them.  These can be purchase as “add-on” items (normally at £10.00 per pack) via the Musical Contexts Shop.

Getting Started - First Music Lesson Ideas

“DOITNOW”, “Plenary” & “5-min Reading” Bank

An example of “Lesson Pathways” from the Secondary/Key Stage 3 - Hooks and Riffs - Scheme of Work

An example of a Knowledge Organiser from the Secondary/Key Stage 3 Building Bricks unit.

An example of a Performing Task from the Secondary/Key Stage 3 Soundtracks unit.

An example of a Listening Task from the Primary/Key Stage 2 Ancient Egypt unit.

An example page from the Rhythms of the World GCSE Music Study & Revision Guide

An example page from the Conventions of Pop GCSE Music Knowledge Organiser

An example GCSE-style Listening Question from the Film Music Area of Study

Examples from the Musical Contexts Year 7 Baseline Assessment Listening Test

An example DOITNOW Presentation Slide from the Secondary/Key Stage 3 Rhythm and Pulse unit.

An example Plenary Presentation Slide - “The Blob Tree” provides a quick summary or learning.

An example of a 5-Minute Reading from the Secondary/Key Stage 3 Building Bricks unit.

An example Cover/Homework activity from the Secondary/Key Stage 3 Hooks and Riffs unit.

OCR AS-Level Music

2019 Set Works