For many years the British Army has provided a number of educational materials free of charge in subjects such as maths, ICT, and history. Their expert lesson library features lesson plans, videos and resources on 28 different topics typically for students aged 11 and above. Now they have added music with the addition of four new lessons one each for cello, clarinet, percussion and trumpet.
Helping to bridge the gap between KS3 Music and the Music GCSE curriculum the lessons also align to the Scottish Nat 5 Music curriculum. We were particularly impressed by the trumpet lesson introduced by Musician Flossie Plain and Staff Sergeant Paul Mason. Flossie explores the techniques and style of her specialism: classical trumpet music, whereas Paul guides you through the techniques and style of jazz trumpet.
Each resource focuses on one instrument to develop a wide range of skills, covering instrument knowledge, music history, as well as composition and listening skills. They have been designed to make lesson planning simple, with the option to be completed as a full-length lesson or individual elements used as lesson starters, extension activities, homework or to aid in revision.
The resource consists of an in depth video, class slides, and worksheet with tasks for students to complete as a class or independently.
Inside the ZIP file of supporting materials are a worksheet, worksheet answers and a comprehensive powerpoint file. The resources can be used in a number of different ways:
- Use the whole resource as a 60-90 minute lesson.
- Pick and choose elements of the resource to focus on key skills or for revision
- Split the resource to use as a starter over several lessons
- Use the extension activities as differentiated homework activities
It's great to see our British Army doing their part to support music education and also see and hear the amazing talent of professional musicians within their ranks!
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