Music Lesson Plans KS3

music lesson plans ks3

KS3 Music lesson Plans

Okay I might as well level with you from the start? I am no great fan of dividing music up into "key stages" and what have you. I don't think that they are ruining musical education or anything like that its just that they are a little too "broad brush" for me.

Our music students are individuals and are all at a different point in their "musical journey" when they start to study ks3 (whatever that is?) with us.
music lesson plans ks3
A situation that we face on a daily basis is that there is no such thing as a "typical" music student Some of our learners are primarily "pop" musicians and can come to us with a huge amount of skill and enthusiasm but sometimes with an inbuilt "resistance" to what they perceive to be the "rules" of music.
Unless handled carefully and introduced to the "options" (rather than the rules) offered by a study of music theory then they can come to regard music theory as an obstacle to be overcome rather than a tool to be used.

Other students come from the other end of the spectrum. They were exposed to formal musical education from an early age and have considerable experience of reading sheet music. They have a history of playing traditional instruments and are familiar with notation. The problem that these students can face are often that they are uncomfortable with improvisation.

Two separate groups of students with particular and distinct musical strengths and weaknesses that need to be addressed. The problem facing educators is that we need to teach them in the same room at the same time.

Using The Music Teacher's Resources at ks3"

music lesson plans ks3

The resources on this site can be used to address some of the important elements of Key Stage 3 Music.

"Use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately"
"develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform"

..."use of tonalities, different types of scales and other devices"

The worksheet above is one of our resources that seems to fit well with the study of music at ks3. It asks that learners provide the "scale spelling", the letter name and the notation for a variety of scales commonly featured in music studied at this level.

Used in conjunction with the sheets that feature scales and key signatures combined these worksheets are an ideal way to indroduce students to the concept of key signatures and to reinforce knowledge.

Other worksheets look at other elements of what can be regarded as "the basics" of music theory. Note Naming, Whole and Half Step intervals, Major and minor scale construction, Major and minor chords etc and used in the correct sequence the materials help students to develop a "joined up" knowledge of music theory.

To help your students to aquire this "joined up" knowledge base you can download 300 professionally prepared handouts that can be printed over and over again for less than the price of a single textbook!
KS3 is not the only thing going on here. Take a look around the site and please feel free to download and use in your classroom any the free resources that you feel may be useful? is a new sister site of the already well established guitar and bass teacher's resources website

Below you can see an ifographic which describes how a music teacher might use our materials to take students working at music key stage three from a point where they have no functional "joined up" understanding of the scales and chords relevant to this level to a place where they "Get It!"

ks3 music lesson plans
using ks3 music lesson plans

There is more to this than ks3 though though......?

more than key signatures worksheets

Printable Music Theory Worksheets

In addition to the above materials there are a host of similarly styled resources and worksheets covering minor scales and pentatonic scales (major and minor) as well as a whole load of stuff designed to ingrease student's understanding of blues scales etc?

It is not the intention that every student should complete every worksheet. This material is intended to introduce principles and then test and reinforce understanding of those principles. The music worksheets and handouts provide a simple, flexible and powerful resource to music educators and help with the development of a functionable and workable understanding of the principles of music theory.

The worksheets are not specific to a particular style of music or exam syllabus (as the reality is that Bach used the same twelve notes as Charlie Parker?)

Once they have been downloaded you can print these invaluable music education resources straight from the hard drive of your computer or drop the files onto a memory stick and take them into your school or college for photocopying etc. Whatever suits the way you work? Any way you choose you can be sure that for the rest of your teaching career you will always have access to first class music worksheets.

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It's not just about key signatures worksheets, we cover an awful lot of ground here.

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Cheers! Rob!

key signature worksheet