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Exploring Reggae and Syncopation
Offbeat Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
Offbeat Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
Offbeat Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways

Key Words, Concepts, Musical Knowledge and Theory

Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Rastafarianism, Lyrics, Offbeat, Strong Beats, Weak Beats, Syncopation, Riffs, Simple Harmonies: Primary Triads (Tonic, Dominant and Subdominant Chords), Textural Layers, Chords, Call and Response.

Offbeat Knowledge Organiser
Offbeat Knowledge Organiser
Offbeat Knowledge Organiser
Offbeat DOITNOW Presentation
Offbeat DOITNOW Presentation
Offbeat DOITNOW Presentation
Offbeat Plenary Review Activities
Offbeat Plenary Review Activities Presentation
Offbeat - General Reggae Resources
Learning about the Origins of Reggae Includes answers.
Learning about the Origins of Reggae Includes answers.
Reggae Audio 1 - Big Bamboo (The Jolly Boys) Mento Example
Reggae Audio 2 - El Pussy Cat (Ronald Alphonso) Ska Example
Reggae Audio 3 - You Can Get it if you Really Want It (Desmond Dekker) Rock Steady Example
Exploring the Form and Structure of a Reggae Song Includes answers.
Exploring the Form and Structure of a Reggae Song Includes answers.
Reggae Audio 4 - No Woman, No Cry (Bob Marley)
Exploring Reggae Lyrics
Exploring Reggae Lyrics
Reggae Audio 5 - Trenchtown Rock (Bob Marley)
Listening to Reggae Songs Includes answers.
Listening to Reggae Songs Includes answers.
Reggae Audio 6 - One Love (Bob Marley)
Reggae Audio 8 - No Woman, No Cry (Ken Boothe)
Reggae Audio 7 - You Can Get it if you Really Want It (Desmond Dekker)
Reggae Audio 9 - Wild World (Maxi Priest)
Creating a Musical Arrangement Concept Map covering Personal, Physical, Technology and Musical Resources for consideration when creating a Musical Arrangement.
Creating a Musical Arrangement Concept Map covering Personal, Physical, Technology and Musical Resources for consideration when creating a Musical Arrangement.
Offbeat - Case Study Reggae Song Resources
Yellow Bird Song Sheet
Yellow Bird Audio - Song Example
Yellow Bird MIDI 1 - Yellow Bird Song Melody
Exploring the Chords in Yellow Bird
Exploring the Chords in Yellow Bird
Yellow Bird MIDI 2 - Yellow Bird (Melody, Bass Line and On Beat Chords)
Yellow Bird Score - Bass Line and On/Offbeat Chords and Full Score
Yellow Bird MIDI 3 - Yellow Bird (Melody, Bass Line and Offbeat Chords)
Evaluating Yellow Bird Reggae Arrangements  (Peer Assessment)
Evaluating Yellow Bird Reggae Arrangements  (Peer Assessment)
Three Little Birds Songsheet
Three Little Birds Audio - Song Example
Exploring the Bass Line Riffs in Three Little Birds Includes simplified performing sheet and answers.
Exploring the Bass Line Riffs in Three Little Birds Includes simplified performing sheet and answers.
Three Little Birds Audio - Listening for Chord Changes
Three Little Birds MIDI1 - Introduction Bass Line Riff Pattern
Three Little Birds MIDI2 - Chorus Bass Line Riff Pattern
Three Little Birds MIDI3 - Verse Bass Line Riff Pattern
Exploring the Hook and Offbeat Chords in Three Little Birds
Three Little Birds Hook Audio
Three Little Birds Hook MIDI
Three Little Birds Lead Sheet
Three Little Birds Complete Performance MIDI
Evaluating Three Little Bird Reggae Arrangements  (Peer Assessment)
Evaluating Three Little Bird Reggae Arrangements  (Peer Assessment)
Offbeat - 5 Minutes Reading Tasks and Cover and Homework Activities
How Reggae Developed, What is Reggae?, Bob Marley, History of Reggae, Reggae & Rock Steady
How Reggae Developed, What is Reggae?, Bob Marley, History of Reggae, Reggae & Rock Steady
Bob Marley Fill in the Missing Words  Can be done without using ICT.
Bob Marley Fill in the Missing Words  Can be done without using ICT.
Reggae Key Words Word Search  Can be done without using ICT.
Reggae Key Words Word Search  Can be done without using ICT.
Offbeat - Forms Quiz (available via the Shop & Add-On Extras page)
Offbeat Forms Quiz
Offbeat Forms Quiz

Offbeat (Exploring Reggae and Syncopation) unit is supported by a Forms Quiz (in both MS-Forms and Google Forms formats) available as part of the Secondary/KS3 Year 8 Units Quiz Bundle from the Musical Contexts Shop & Add-On Extras page.

The quiz is self-marking and worth 25 points and covers Knowledge and Understanding (Part A) and has a Critical Engagement: Listening and Appraising section (Part B) with listening questions linked to YouTube videos.