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Musical Contexts Music Theory Microsoft/Google Forms Bundle

 

Available via the Musical Contexts Shop as an ‘add-on extra’, these 10 ready-made online music theory quizzes are available in either Microsoft or Google Forms formats and provide an excellent way of assessing pupil’s knowledge and understanding of music theory.  All 10 quizzes are worth 20 marks and include:

 

Treble and Bass Clef Staff Notation; Note Values and Rests; Dots, Ties and Triplets; Time Signatures; Tempo and Dynamics, Sharps and Flats, Tones and Semitones; Major and Minor Scales; Key Signatures; Intervals.

Musical Contexts Music Theory Resources

Musical Contexts Rhythmic and Melodic Dictation Resources

A collection of new, existing and adapted resources from Musical Contexts suitable for home learning.

GCSE Music Resources for Home Learning

Includes Supported Self Study Audio Narrations

Includes Supported Self Study Audio Narrations

Bumper 53-page workbook packed full of ideas covering scales!

Includes Supported Self Study Audio Narrations

·               Downloadable workbooks in .PDF and MS-Word formats ideal for online, distance or home learning.

·               QR codes take pupils directly to audio and video recordings of music from different times and places to access from their own online digital devices.

·               Contain a range and mix of music theory, listening questions and performing and composing tasks included with suggestions as to how these may be complete if pupils are working from home.

·               Contain detailed Teacher’s Notes including answers to activities, discussion and audio transcripts of Supported Self Study Narrations.

Please feel free to copy, modify, customise, personalise and use Musical Contexts resources for your own use, with your students and pupils, within your own school or college and on internal Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). 

​Please use the resources responsibly and ethically, as continued irresponsible free sharing and poaching of paid published resources (particularly “free sharing” to Facebook groups and the current trend of setting up “free” music resource websites using Musical Contexts and other published resources) is not only a breach of copyright, but the implications of making these publicly available on websites, even if only for a short period of time, are that other schools and teachers can freely access them meaning a loss of earnings for authors and publishers, jeopardising future resource development for YOUR subject specification and will only sadly see the demise of sites such as Musical Contexts which rely on the support (and honesty) of schools and teachers for future development. 

Musical Contexts is unitedly working with a range of publishers together to monitor Facebook groups for such “free sharing” and regular checks to the web are made using a program which scours the web for PDFs using automated code (scrapers).  Any subscriber found freely sharing Musical Contexts resources online will have their log-in cancelled with immediate effect and no refund given in respect of this.

Musical Contexts Topic Exploration Packs

·               Downloadable workbooks in .PDF and MS-Word formats ideal for online, distance or home learning.

·               QR codes take pupils directly to audio and video recordings of music from different times and places to access from their own online digital devices.

·               Contain a range and mix of music theory, listening questions and performing and composing tasks included with suggestions as to how these may be complete if pupils are working from home.

·               Contain detailed Teacher’s Notes including answers to activities and discussion notes. 

Musical Contexts World Music Exploration Packs

Musical Contexts SQUILT

What is SQUILT?

Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time

 

What does the Musical Contexts SQUILT pack contain?

A series of general listening questions and “draw what your hear” tasks based on a wide range of music from different times and places focusing on the elements of music, instruments and why music is suited for a particular occasion or use.  The pack comes complete with answers/mark schemes to all SQUILT tasks at the back. 

 

What formats are available and who is it suitable for?

Available as a .PDF and MS-Word (editable) booklet, simply choose which listening question you’d like to set.  Suitable for KS3, GCSE and up to AS/A-Level preparation and ideal for home learning.

 

How do pupils access the audio/video extracts?

The extracts are available either via a QR code (linking to a ‘free’ area of Musical Contexts) which pupils can scan with their own online mobile devices or available as separate audio and video files below. 

 

How do I keep track of new questions being added?

Follow the Musical Contexts Twitter feed and ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ Musical Contexts on Facebook for the latest updates to the SQUILT pack.  Questions/extracts are also listed below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitch - Treble and Bass Clef Staff Notation Knowledge Organiser

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Music History & Theory Page)

Staves, Clefs and Notes

A 3-page worksheet introducing pupils to the lines and spaces of the Treble Clef in terms of staff notation to encourage pupils to learn the correct pitch note names.

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “Keyboard Skills” unit)

Clefs and Repeat Symbols

Introduces pupils to the musical symbols for repeat markings and their use and also the treble and bass clef symbols encouraging pupils to draw both these symbols and understand their use to indicate high or low pitch.

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “Hooks and Riffs” unit)

Treble Clef Staff Notation

Naming notes in the Treble Clef.  Contains Answers

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “Keyboard Skills” unit)

Bass Clef Staff Notation

Naming notes in the Bass Clef. 

Contains Answers

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “All About the Bass” unit)

 

 

 

 

Sharps and Flats

A 2-page worksheet introducing or revising pupils to the names of black keys on a piano/keyboard and the symbols for sharps and flats. 

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “Keyboard Skills” unit)

Duration - Note Values and Rests Knowledge Organiser

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Music History & Theory Page)

Watch the Time

Includes knowledge and understanding of beat/pulse, rhythm and marches and waltzes along with note durations and time signatures.

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “I’ve Got Rhythm” unit)

Tempo, Dynamics and Articulation

Introduces pupils to Italian musical terms relating to tempo, dynamics and gradations of dynamics as well as introducing legato and staccato articulation markings. 

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “Building Bricks” unit)

 

 

 

 

 

Duration - Dots, Ties and Triplets Knowledge Organiser

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Music History & Theory Page)

Dotted Notes

A 2-page worksheet on dotted note durations and their equivalent rests.

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Music History & Theory Page)

Dots, Ties and Triplets

Pupils add missing tied notes, add missing dots and identify and describe triplet note groupings.  Contains answers.

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Music History & Theory Page)

Soundtracks Theory

Pupils construct intervals of a 5th adding notes above and below treble and bass clef staff notation and work out the note names of chords (also in treble and bass clef notation with accidentals) before aurally evaluating whether they are a concord or discord. 

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “Soundtracks” unit)

Syncopation

2-page worksheet on identifying syncopated vs. non-syncopated Samba rhythms, completing the missing barlines in syncopated Samba rhythms and adding pulse/beat counts below syncopated Samba rhythms.  Contains answers.

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “Samba” unit)

 

 

 

 

 

Building Bricks Rhythmic and Graphic Score Dictation Exercises

Rhythmic dictation based on the ‘Promenade’ theme from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and graphic score completion based on ’Dawn Interlude’ from “Peter Grimes” by Benjamin Britten.

 All of the audio examples are given on the accompanying audio file. 

I’ve Got Rhythm Dictation— Rhythm Grid and Single Line Rhythm Dictation

Contains 3 Rhythm Grids for pupils to complete (based on crotchet and pairs of quavers beats and rests) and two single line rhythms to complete in 2/4 and 3/4 time.  Answers provided.  All of the accompanying audio extracts are provided on the audio file. 

Form and Structure Melodic Dictation Exercises

Basic melodic dictation of Question and Answer Phrases and short Binary and Ternary Form examples using treble clef staff notation.  All of the audio examples are given on the accompanying audio file.

Sonority City Graphic Score Dictation

Graphic Score dictation based on the opening of Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” Includes answers with audio example given on the above audio file.

What Makes a Good Song? — Melodic Dictation

Treble clef melodic dictation from riffs and melodies of famous popular songs. 

Answers provided.  All of the accompanying audio extracts are provided on the audio file. 

 

 

 

Hooks and Riffs Rhythmic and Melodic Dictation Exercises

Introduces pupils to some basic rhythmic and melodic dictation based on simple ostinatos and riffs, starting with graphic notation and moving onto single line rhythm notation and finally using staff notation.   All of the audio examples are given on the accompanying audio file. 

Soundtracks Melodic Dictation Exercises

Bass and Treble Clef Melodic Dictation based on Film Music Themes.

 All of the audio examples are given on the accompanying audio file.

Samba Rhythm Dictation

Rhythm Grid and Single line rhythm dictation using Samba rhythms performed on instruments of Samba featuring syncopation in 4/4 time.   Answers provided.  All of the accompanying audio extracts are provided on the audio file. 

 

 

 

 

 

Time and Metre

4-page worksheet on beat, pulse, simple duple, triple and quadruple metre and time signatures.  Contains answers.

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “Dance Music” unit)

Simple and Compound Time

3-page worksheet on simple and compound time signatures.  Contains answers.

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “Dance Music” unit)

Learning about Seventh Chords

Constructing Chords I, IV and V and then I7, IV7 and V7 in C Major on staff notation and keyboard diagrams. 

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “All That Jazz” unit)

Learning about Modes

Constructing and notating on treble clef staff notation 6 modes following given patterns of tones and semitones. 

(Taken from the Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 “All That Jazz” unit)

 

 

The Musical Contexts “Rhythms of the World” World Music Passport

Continuing the Musical Contexts “Passport” series, this 10-page A4 collated template can be printed back-to-back (or enlarged to A3) forming a 20-page “Passport” for students to research and ‘visit’ 5 different countries around the world to explore their music.  Pupils visit Africa, India, China, Indonesia and Latin-America researching musical  instruments from within each world music genre, defining key words and terms relating to that type of world music and watch, listen and reflect on a piece of world music (suggestions are given in the form of QR codes which link directly to YouTube audio and video performances) for music from that country.  There’s also a reflection activity and a word search of key words and terms. 

 

The Musical Contexts “Sonority City” Instruments of the Orchestra Passport

This 10-page A4 collated template can be printed back-to-back (or enlarged to A3) forming a 20-page “Passport” for students to research and ‘visit’ each section or family of the orchestra.  Pupils research orchestral instruments from within each section or family of the orchestra, research key words and terms relating to that section or family of instruments and listen to and reflect on a piece of music (suggestions from the Western Classical Tradition and Popular Music) for that particular family of instruments.  There’s also space for pupils to research the role of the conductor, the layout of the orchestra, the London Symphony and Halle Orchestras, a reflection activity and a word search of key words and terms. 

“Rhythms of the World” World Music Passport - basic A4 on 20 pages version for anyone having problems with printing. 

“Sonority City” Instruments of the Orchestra Passport - basic A4 on 20 pages version for anyone having problems with printing. 

 

 

 

The Elements of Music

A good introduction to The Elements of Music for study at GCSE-level through the exploration of a Mozart Piano Concerto, a Popular Song and an Indian Raga. 

Suitable for all GCSE Music examination boards. 

My Music Study Guide

Full 9-page Study Guide booklet to support Area of Study:  “My Music”

Provides starting points to introduce “My Music” as covered in the new GCSE (9-1) Music 2016 specification for OCR but suitable for all other exam boards.  Includes “My Own Instrument Facebook Profile” research task.

Allows pupils to create/compose and perform a short piece of descriptive music for their own instrument, voice or music technology equipment based on the knowledge and understanding from their research work.

Key Words definitions highlight key musical vocabulary in relation to My Music.  Learning Outcomes consolidate learning and act as a means of tracking pupil progress.

The Musical Contexts GCSE Study and Revision Guide for Film Music

Newly updated for Eduqas, OCR and Edexcel GCSE Music - ideal for online, distance or home learning and revision.

Sections on Video Game Music (to support OCR), Minimalist Techniques in Film Music (to support Eduqas) and a Cast Study of Main Theme/Rebel Blockade Runner from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - John Williams (to support Edexcel).

Includes questions and think prompts.

QR Codes take pupils directly to YouTube videos, recordings and performances of film music to access form their own (online) digital devices alongside listening questions.

Annotated score examples highlighting musical features and how the Elements of Music are used in a range of film music.

Word walls consolidating key musical terms and vocabulary.