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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 for invaluable patience and suggestions and to Seamus and Felix for unending support.


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Frequently Asked Questions


What kind of resources are on Musical Contexts?

Each of the KS2 and KS3 units in Musical Contexts covers a number of the six Elements of Music - Rhythm, Pitch, Texture, Timbre & Dynamics, Melody and Harmony and Structure and Form.  An overview is provided on the unit pages showing which elements are covered by which unit as well as on the Schemes of Work.

How has Musical Contexts helped people?

I’ve had great success with many
of the schemes! The lesson plans
on Musical Contexts have proved
an invaluable timesaver so far.


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.  

Kate Casper Head of Music St. Catherine's School Twickenham

Year 7 Unit 6 - Chinese Music

A Venn diagram simplifies this listening activity making it easier for pupils to identify different musical features

Year 9 Unit 4 - Minimalism

A  Keyboard Assessment is a great way of tracking pupil’s progress!

Here, St. John’s have simplified the parts and added a note guide to help pupils.

Musical Contexts contains a wide variety of different music teaching resources uniquely coded and grouped by unit.  Within each unit are:

·                                   Teacher Schemes of Work (SOW) & Lesson Plans (LP)

·                                   Learning, Listening, Composing & Evaluating Worksheets (W)

·                                   Performing Activities - Songs (SS) & Scores (S)

·                                   Starter and Plenary Activities (SP)

·                                   Supporting Activities - Cover & Homework Worksheets (CH)

·                                   Audio Files (A) in .mp3 format

·                                   MIDI Files (MIDI) in .MID format

Some units also feature Video Files in .mpg format (and most available via You Tube®) and actual classroom recordings of pupils’ work as part of the Musical Contexts “IN ACTION” area (PA).

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Contacting and Subscribing to Musical Contexts

Musical Contexts is a website providing teachers with quality, “ready to use”, tried and tested and professionally presented resources for use in the 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. 

What is Musical Contexts?

Resources are all available for immediate download and are grouped in “Topics” or “Units” within each Year Group.  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 to download and use.  I hope that Musical Contexts can help you and that you enjoy the site. 

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Musical Contexts new look website!

Launching 10th June 2017!!

After many requests and with an appreciation of the financial restraints on Primary School budgets, Musical Contexts has converted each of the eleven Primary Key Stage 2 Musical Contexts units for individual stand-alone purchase and download.  If you’ve already purchased a full site subscription, then you can continue to enjoy all eleven Primary/Key Stage 2 units HERE, otherwise, please click the links below for further information on how to purchase stand-alone individual units.


Launching on the 10th June, Musical Contexts is pleased to announce its “new look” website.  Same “tried and tested content” - easier to navigate layout!


All pre-2016 GCSE Music content and the Music Documents sections will be permanently removed from the site from 10th June 2017 - please make sure you download any content you may need.


The new site features a more user-friendly layout with resources grouped in an easy-to-read menu header.  Existing Year 7, 8 and 9 resources will be regrouped under a general “Secondary/KS3 Resources” heading in line with the now popular “two-year Key Stage 3” course. 


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A simpler home page will give latest news and updates with a new “Cover Bank” section providing resources suitable to be set in the event of teacher absence. 


The Musical Contexts YouTube® Channel will also be closed as of 10th June 2017 due to copyright reasons - videos will still be available within the site. 

I think that the Self-Supported Study option in the GCSE Music area is a fantastic idea.  It would be great to have some of these for the different musical eras (this way it could be used for any exam board).  Also a similar addition for compositional techniques would be a great thing. Thanks.

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.”

Jonathan very kindly allowed me to use his quote on the site and also to share some of his adapted resources so users can see how Musical Contexts can be adapted to suit individual school’s requirements and needs.

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






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Musical Contexts Key Stage 2 Unit 3 - “Animal Crackers” individual stand-alone purchase and download unit

Musical Contexts Key Stage 2 Unit 4 - “The Haunted House” individual stand-alone purchase and download unit

Musical Contexts Key Stage 2 Unit 5 - “Ancient Egypt” individual stand-alone purchase and download unit

Musical Contexts Key Stage 2 Unit 6 - “Ancient Greece” individual stand-alone purchase and download unit



Musical Contexts Key Stage 2 Unit 1 - “Water Music” individual stand-alone purchase and download unit

Musical Contexts Key Stage 2 Unit 2 - “Weather and Seasons” individual stand-alone purchase and download unit






Musical Contexts Key Stage 2 Unit 7 - “The Victorians” individual stand-alone purchase and download unit

Musical Contexts Key Stage 2 Unit 8 - “Machine Music” individual stand-alone purchase and download unit

Musical Contexts Key Stage 2 Unit 9 - “Britain Since 1930” individual stand-alone purchase and download unit

Musical Contexts Key Stage 2 Unit 10 - “The Tudors” individual stand-alone purchase and download unit

Musical Contexts Key Stage 2 Unit 11 - “Journey Into Space” individual stand-alone purchase and download unit