Female Singer and Bass Guitar
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Exploring Popular Songs
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What Makes a Good Song? Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
What Makes a Good Song? Knowledge Organiser
What Makes a Good Song? Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
What Makes a Good Song? Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
What Makes a Good Song? Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
What Makes a Good Song? Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
What Makes a Good Song? Knowledge Organiser
What Makes a Good Song? Knowledge Organiser
What Makes a Good Song? Music Theory
Exploring Melodic Motion/Shape in Melody Lines from Popular Songs
Exploring Melodic Motion/Shape in Melody Lines from Popular Songs
What Makes a Good Song? Dictation
Treble Clef Melodic Dictation from Riffs and Melodies of Popular Songs
Treble Clef Melodic Dictation from Riffs and Melodies of Popular Songs
Audio Extracts for What Makes a Good Song? Dictation
What Makes a Good Song? DOITNOW Presentation
Popular Song DOITNOW Activities
Popular Song DOITNOW Activities
What Makes a Good Song? Plenary Review Activities
Popular Song Plenary Review Activities
What Makes a Good Song? - Popular Song Case Studies
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran Lead Sheet
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran Lead Sheet
Shotgun - George Ezra Lead Sheet
Shotgun - George Ezra Lead Sheet
Lyrics of "Shape of You" and "Shotgun" for Form and Structure Analysis
Lyrics of "Shape of You" and "Shotgun" for Form and Structure Analysis
Lyrics of "Shape of You" and "Shotgun" for Form and Structure Analysis
Melody Lines & Riffs from "Shape of You" and "Shotgun" for Melodic Shape Analysis
Melody Lines & Riffs from "Shape of You" and "Shotgun" for Melodic Shape Analysis
Melody Lines & Riffs from "Shape of You" and "Shotgun" for Melodic Shape Analysis
What Makes a Good Song? - Song Structure Resources
Exploring and Analysing Song Structure Presentation
Exploring and Analysing Song Structure Worksheet (Lyrics as 'plain text')
What Makes a Good Song? - General Resources
The Drum Kit - Worksheet
The Drum Kit - Worksheet
Listening to Riffs in Popular Songs Listening Sheet
Listening to Riffs in Popular Songs Listening Sheet
Listening to Riffs in Popular Songs Audio File
Exploring "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim (Card Sort & Performing)
Exploring "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim (Card Sort & Performing)
"Praise You" - Fatboy Slim Audio File
Riffs from "Bittersweet Symphony" and "Glory Box" to perform
Riffs from "Bittersweet Symphony" and "Glory Box" Audio File
Listening to "Vindaloo" Listening Sheet
Listening to "Vindaloo" Listening Sheet
"Vindaloo" Audio File
"Wannabe" - The Spice Girls Listening Sheet
"Wannabe" - The Spice Girls Listening Sheet
"Wannabe" - The Spice Girls Audio File
Listening to Arrangements of "Stand by Me" Listening Sheet
Listening to Arrangements of "Stand by Me" Listening Sheet
Listening to Arrangements of "Stand by Me" Listening Sheet
"Stand by Me" - Ben E. King Original Audio File
Three Arrangements of "Stand by Me" Audio File
"Wayfaring Stranger" - Eva Cassidy Listening Sheet
"Wayfaring Stranger" - Eva Cassidy Listening Sheet
"Wayfaring Stranger" - Eva Cassidy Audio File
Listening to Rock Songs Listening Sheet
Listening to Rock Songs Listening Sheet
"One" Metallica Audio File
"The Rain Song" - Led Zeppelin & "Paranoid" - Black Sabbath Audio File
"Give Me One Reason" - Tracy Chapman Listening Sheet
"Give Me One Reason" - Tracy Chapman Listening Sheet
"Give Me One Reason" - Tracy Chapman Audio File
Presentation covering Motown, Soul, Rock and Rhythm and Blues
Listening for Riffs in Rap and R'n'B Songs Listening Sheet
Listening for Riffs in Rap and R'n'B Songs Listening Sheet
5 Riffs from Rap and R'n'B Songs Audio File
"Jump" - Kriss Kross Listening Sheet
"Jump" - Kriss Kross Listening Sheet
"Jump" - Kriss Kross Audio File
Listening to Arrangements of "Killing me Softly"
Listening to Arrangements of "Killing me Softly"
Three Arrangements of "Killing me Softly" Audio File
Listening to Arrangements of "Comfortably Numb"
Listening to Arrangements of "Comfortably Numb"
Two Arrangements of "Comfortably Numb" Audio File
Concept Map for Creating a Musical Arrangement
What Makes a Good Song? - Lead Sheets, Performing & Arranging Resources
"Stand by Me" Lead Sheet
"Stand by Me" - Bass Line, Percussion & Chords Audio File
"I'll be There for You" (Theme from 'Friends') - The Rembrandts Lead Sheet
"I'll be There for You" (Theme from 'Friends') - The Rembrandts Lead Sheet
"Greased Lightning" from 'Grease' Lead Sheet
"Castle on the Hill" - Ed Sheeran Lead Sheet
"Any Dream Will Do" from 'Joseph' Lead Sheet
"Summer Nights" from 'Grease' Lead Sheet
"Love is All Around" - Wet Wet Wet Lead Sheet
"Love is All Around" - Wet Wet Wet Lead Sheet
"Memory" from 'Cats' Lead Sheet
What Makes a Good Song? - 5 Minutes Reading Tasks and Cover and Homework Activities
What Makes a Good Song?, Song Structure, Lead Sheets, Primary and Secondary Chords, Song Textures, Song Timbres and Sonorities
What Makes a Good Song?, Song Structure, Lead Sheets, Primary and Secondary Chords, Song Textures, Song Timbres and Sonorities
What Makes a Good Song?, Song Structure, Lead Sheets, Primary and Secondary Chords, Song Textures, Song Timbres and Sonorities
Musical analysis of pupil's own favourite song: Structure, Lyrics, Riffs & Instrumentation
Musical analysis of pupil's own favourite song: Structure, Lyrics, Riffs & Instrumentation
Word Search covering Key Words and Terms from the unit
Word Search covering Key Words and Terms from the unit
Writing a Punk Song - staged composition task
Writing a Punk Song - staged composition task
Another Word Search containing Key Words and Terms from the Unit
Another Word Search containing Key Words and Terms from the Unit
Pop Groups and Artists from 1960 Word Search
Pop Groups and Artists from 1960 Word Search
The Recording Studio
The Recording Studio
Recording a Song Comprehension
Recording a Song Comprehension
Selling your Song Arrangement - pamphlet/presentation activity
Selling your Song Arrangement - pamphlet/presentation activity
What Makes a Good Song? - Forms Quizzes (available via the Shop & Add-On Extras page)
What Makes a Good Song? Forms Quizzes
What Makes a Good Song? Forms Quizzes

What Makes a Good Song? (Exploring Popular Songs) unit is supported by TWO Forms Quizzes (in both MS-Forms and Google Forms formats) available as part of the Secondary/KS3 Year 9 Units Quiz Bundle from the Musical Contexts Shop & Add-On Extras page.

Each multiple choice quiz is self-marking and worth 25 points and cover Knowledge and Understanding (Part A) and have a Critical Engagement: Listening and Appraising section (Part B) with listening questions linked to YouTube videos.