This page is under development. Below are links to some freely available resources developed by OU Music academics. While these were not developed specifically with school curriculum in mind, they address topics that may be useful in that context. We plan to develop further resources specifically aimed to support the teaching of music in schools following the UK's National Curriculum and GCSE and A Level exam syllabi.
Below are teaching resources designed to support teachers preparing and delivering lessons on set works for ‘A’ level Music qualifications. We will be adding more resources over time, so please check back regularly.
F. Chopin, Nocturne in E minor, Opus 72, No. 1
C. Schumann, Piano Trio, Opus 17
J.P. Sweelinck, Pavana
Vivaldi: Concerto Il cardellino
An introduction to music theory
This interactive online course provides an introduction to music theory using western staff notation. It covers topics to a depth roughly equivalent to ABRSM Theory of Music grade 3.
This course explores how musicians work with scores to create musical performances.
Discovering music through listening
This free course will introduce you to the musical elements used by musicians to create a piece of music: pulse, tempo, metre, rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, texture, timbre, and dynamics. You’ll learn how to identify the different musical elements by taking a particular approach to listening to the music, known as close listening. Alongside developing your listening skills, you will learn how to explain what you hear using technical language.
This material, based on a unit from our module A111 Discovering the Arts and Humanities provides an introduction to to a musical tradition with roots in the nineteenth century but which is still relevant to making music today.
Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems
This course looks at the short poems in German that were set to music by Franz Schubert (17971828) for a single voice with piano, a genre known as 'Lieder' (the German for 'songs').
This video, developed in partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, explores the early history of the symphony.
A history of music and technology
Pink Floyd's Nick Mason explores the impact of technology on music through the years.
This BBC World Service series explores the ways in which music gains meaning in different societies.
In this film, five acclaimed musicians – Denys Baptiste, Andrew John, Anthony Joseph, Thibaut Remy and Rod Youngs – share their different experiences of music education and careers in music, including how they started in the music business, how they write music and the use of technology in the music industry. Learn more here.
OU Music, which is committed to creating diverse educational resources, has advised on this film, which is part of Anthony Joseph’s Arts Council England funded Frequency of Magic tour, produced and managed by Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions.
Full-length film: https://youtu.be/RCvx1lTDquU
How did you get interested in performing? - https://youtu.be/gZXJEy0346o
What was your music 'education' like? - https://youtu.be/qWevZ_mA6ow
What music or musician do you wish you had learned about at school? - https://youtu.be/5IwFjzHUOnI
What was key to preparing you for a life in music? - https://youtu.be/M-LDj2-pyOc
What challenges have you faced as a professional musician? - https://youtu.be/bs71vubhhcw
How do you go about writing a new song or piece of music? - https://youtu.be/7my1oYsPa2A
Does music of the past influence your work? - https://youtu.be/VQyWGPzopEw
How has your work been influenced by technology? - https://youtu.be/4WdqGx5y274
Who is your favourite musician? - https://youtu.be/1romxx6f0W8
Can you play us something? - https://youtu.be/t7uh1dDFuy0
What consequence has Coronavirus had on your work? - https://youtu.be/PwcRgAMJJi0
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