I have been teaching for over ten years and as a director of music in a large school, this resource is refreshing and inspiring - thank you for allowing musicians to utilise such fantastic materials. 

I’ve had the pleasure of using the site since October but I just wanted to reiterate how valuable this site is to a non-music teacher teaching music at KS3. Thanks so much!

As a music educator who has taught around the world I was so impressed with this site that I joined immediately. I found the educational aids very helpful and very well written. I would suggest that all music teachers who teach Key stage 3 and 4 consider becoming a member and having lifetime access to it. Absolutely fantastic and awesome site!

This is one of my best finds on the internet! I think the site is brilliant. Thank you!

My year 4’s are singing the Harmonic Minor and recognising the difference from the natural.  We are singing Camel Driver and my after school GAT’s are playing it on recorder.  It is challenging but they are rising to it!  They loved the pyramid composing too

Musical Contexts landed me my first permanent teaching post in the UK. Ironically the form and structure of the form and structure

observed lesson was what made me so successful at my interview.

I highly recommend all lessons provided by Musical Contexts! 


Mark Harding


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Just to say THANK YOU for the amazing units you provide us on Musical Contexts.  They are so well put together, easy to follow, the children love them and there's always something different for them to do and see and react to!   So, thanks for the masterful job.  The units are priceless.  

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I used some of the GCSE material yesterday with a low ability student who has had difficulty accessing the curriculum.  The lesson proved very successful with the student who enjoyed the wide selection of musical excerpts.

Your site - is bloody brilliant.  I am the director of music at a private preparatory school and am currently in the summer holiday's after my first year there. The music department (one teacher) had been following 'Music Express' - not my favourite scheme of work, it dumbs down rather a lot so I reinvented the wheel and replanned the lot. How I WISH I had discovered your site earlier!  I am going to implement about half of your units of work, and can't wait!! Granted your units are for secondary age, and we go from years 2 - 8, but with a little tweaking they are PERFECT units of work. Great to see some proper notation in there too.

Chris Andrews

We have been trialling various units of work from the site and are very pleased with the way they are running.  These are going well and the students are gaining a lot from the resources.  To make life easier we have downloaded the worksheets and formed a booklet from them so that all students have access to the worksheets immediately and this seems to be working very well.  The lesson plans are very helpful also and are a good starting point for the staff.  We have amended some worksheets slightly to suit our needs and we have added some other sheets into our booklets to make it slightly more flexible.  We think that the site is very good particularly for KS3 and the team here felt we should let you know how much we have enjoyed using the resources this year. 


Jonathan Haslett, Head of Music, St John’s Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre, Bishop Auckland

Rob replies : “One of the main aims of the site, was to allow teachers the flexibility to adapt and refine, supplement and support existing resources and schemes of work and it seems that St. John’s RC School & SFC has done just this!  There is the opportunity to teach the lesson plans exactly as written for those who wish, but it’s great to see schools such as this using the resources in a more flexible way.”

I just wanted to write to you at Musical Contexts to say how exciting and excellent the course is proving to be. The children I teach from KS2-4 are really enjoying it and getting so much from it too. I have delivered many schemes before in the different schools I have worked but this is proving to be so enjoyable and so well researched. It actually allows a music teacher to be a music teacher and is just as enjoyable for me to teach as it is for the students to learn. So thank you very much.


Sian Canning, Dhahran British Grammar School , Saudi Arabia