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MUSICAL CONTEXTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS - Resources written and compiled and website designed and maintained by Rob Blythe with invaluable assistance with imaging and layout advice from Angela Blythe.  Supported Self Study Audio narrations by Lesley Blythe.  Huge thanks to Kevin Griffin and Nathan Martin for invaluable patience and suggestions and to Seamus ,Felix, Donkey and Ellie for unending support.

Musical Contexts provides teachers with quality, "ready to use", tried and tested and professionally presented resources for use in the primary and secondary music classroom.  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.



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Primary/Key Stage 2 Music Resources Index

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Year 7 Baseline Assessment

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Resources are all available for immediate download and are grouped into "topics" or "units".  Musical Contexts can provide new material to your existing schemes of work, or entire schemes can be used direct from the site - all the resources are there ready for download and use.  I hope that Musical Contexts can help you and that you enjoy the site.

Latest News - new uploads for 2018!

Musical Contexts Year 7 Music

Baseline Assessment Listening Test Version 2.0

The Musical Contexts Version 2.0 Year 7 Music Baseline Assessment Listening Test has been developed following recent changes and trends in music education, particularly with recent reforms regarding the new 2016 GCSE (9-1) Music specifications and after consultation and feedback from a number of music teachers.  As with the Musical Contexts Version 1.0 Year 7 Music Baseline Assessment Listening Test (still available here), this test has been designed to assess the musical knowledge in terms of Critical Engagement: Listening and Appraising skills of new year 7’s at the start of term, during or at the end of their first unit of work.  Following recent feedback, the Version 2.0 test now features:

·               A shorter test (six questions - total time - 25 minutes)

·               A more concise two-page pupil answer booklet (can be photocopied back-to-back on A4)

·               Video-led test containing on-screen slides with embedded audio, instructions and announcements.

·               Questions include: Listening to Music from Different Times and Places (identification of Tempo, Dynamics, Instruments and Genre), Rhythmic and Melodic Dictation (not based on repetition), Listening to Music based on Repeated Musical Patterns, a simple 8-mark short-answer GCSE-style Listening Question and a longer prose-style 10-mark GCSE-style Listening Question based on a piece of Film Music.


Year 7 Music

Baseline Assessment Listening Test Version 2.0 -

Pupil Answer Booklet


Year 7 Music

Baseline Assessment Listening Test Version 2.0 - Mark Scheme


Year 7 Music Baseline Assessment Listening Test Version 2.0 - Video File (contains on-screen slides, audio, instructions and announcements)


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Year 7 Music

Baseline Assessment Listening Test Version 2.0 - Marks, Grades and Levels Conversion