Secondary Resources

Supporting Resources for Secondary Schools 
MPN provides bespoke support, CPD and supporting curriculum resources to secondary schools in Newcastle.  Schools can also access subscriptions to online packages such as Focus on Sound and Teaching Gadget.  
For further information, please contact 
 Focus on Sound Pro supports students to develop listening skills, theory, composing and musical knowledge with online resources for PCs, tablets and smartphones.
With the option to study in school or a home, Focus on Sound is the perfect distance learning option for KS3, GCSE and A Level music. 
MPN offers access to Focus on Sound Pro, which allows schools to create an unlimited number of student users:
Teaching Gadget is home to hundreds of interactive music resources. All games, songs, quizzes and activities have been specially designed by a team of instrumental specialists to give you or your class the best possible educational experience. Teaching Gadget is fun, engaging and packed full of resources that can be teacher led or be used to facilitate students working independently.
MPN offers schools a subscription to Teaching Gadget Premium which also includes self-marking quizzes, the option to add a number of classes and students and a worksheet creator tool: Please watch this video


Soundtrap for Education (creative sound recording software) is currently being offered for free, on an extended trial basis:
MPN Newcastle is offering free CPD on using Soundtrap with Key Stage 3 and 4 students on Thursday 11th March, after which schools will be able to use allocations to buy into a hub subscription package.
For more information contact
Key Stage Three Classroom Resources:
MPN Local Heroes Project
Developed between March-July 2020, MPN offers free access to the Local Heroes Project which provides teaching resources suitable for use in Key Stage Three.  See each of the Local Heroes sections on this website to download performance, composition, listening and research tasks for the following genres:
  • Folk Music
  • Rock and Pop 
  • Funk and Soul 
  • Musical Theatre
  • Around the World
  • Music for Dance
  • Local Singers and Songwriters
  • Jazz and Blues
  • Classical
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Music Mark Recommended Resources for Secondary Schools


BBC Bitesize – KS3 Music 
Loads of practical steps for music-making and inspiring examples from famous musicians and artists. These guides are designed to enable 11-14-year-old students to work through at their own pace, whatever their level, to develop their practical skills and get inspired about the potential of a career in music. The resources cover composition, performance, improvisation and evaluation skills and are ideal for short or long-term projects in the classroom or as homework. Topics include How to write a songHow to rap and Percussion. We’ve also teamed up with Ten Pieces to create five companion guides with detailed steps on making jazz music, minimalism, a Doctor Who themefilm composition and fusion music. More info on BBC Music Education offer, available here.

For Music Teachers ABRSM runs the course: Becoming a Better Music Teacher provides ideas on how to improve your teaching strategies and skills. On this course, you will learn to assess your current teaching and look at new ways to engage your students during their lesson. More info available here.

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust are delighted to announce the launch of a new resource authored by Deputy Head and Head of Curriculum Music, Chris Hiscock. Called “Beethoven 9” it consists of 9 active listening strategies for secondary aged pupils, all based on the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven. Of particular interest at this difficult time is the fact that a number of the resources have been adapted for “home learning” purposes and can be accessed by pupils working remotely. More info here.

MusicFirst are offering free temporary licenses of some of their software including Soundtrap and Noteflight. Check out their website.

MyMusic PB
MyMusicPB is an interactive online practice book for instrumental and vocal lessons.  They are now integrating video platforms for your safe, secure and effective remote lessons delivery.  More info and resources are available on their website.

Warwick Music
Warwick Music Group are offering free video lessons until the end of June to use and share. More info here.

Charanga VIP Studio Sessions enables secondary teachers and music leaders to provide young people with online access to an award-winning range of music creation tutorials and a new-look online studio. KS3/GCSE/BTEC teachers and students are currently using VIP to record performances at home, finish coursework and to make music. The programme’s online learning space for young people aged 12–18 enables teachers to deliver their music lesson content remotely. For complimentary access to VIP Studio Sessions, click here. To find out more or to obtain a quote or a licence, contact Addie Kaiser at or by telephoning 01273 823900.

National Youth Jazz Collective 
Join the National Youth Jazz Collective as it launches its new live-streamed lessons programme for small group improvisation and composition (beginner, intermediate and advanced) led by members of its award-winning faculty of 75 leading teaching artists.  Join @nationalyouthjazzcollective from 8th April on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to access daily links to its new online programme. Don’t forget to use #nationalyouthjazz

Open University 
Open University resources for Secondary Schools: Introduction to music theoryDiscovering the blues and Understanding musical scores.

Leicestershire Schools Music Service
Free fully planned lessons with lesson slides and tutorial videos that lead the learning for Secondary are available here.  Additional LSMS resources include: Free browser based (PC computers / laptops) Music Technology applications for KS3 Free browser based (PC computers / laptops) Music Technology applications for KS4 Free iOS (iPad / iPhone) Music Technology applications

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has launched Creating Music at Home, two sets of fun digital resources to encourage children to create music in their homes during the Coronavirus outbreak. There is one set for children who don’t have a musical instrument and another set for those who do. Resources are released on Tuesdays (without instruments) and Thursdays (instrumentalists) every week. More info.

Postcard Pieces from London Sinfonietta
The London Sinfonietta invites you to write a new piece of music for them. Inspired by the Postal Pieces of composer James Tenney, the only condition is that it should fit on the back of a postcard. No need to use the traditional notation (although you can if you want to), there is the chance to create a musical ‘score’ using staves and notes, colours, shapes, lines, words, instructions, collage or any combination of these. Open to everyone (and especially those under 18 years old) – the more imaginative your response, the better! More info here. 

Music Education Solutions
Music Education Solutions have discounted all their online courses from £99 to £10 for the duration of the pandemic. Further info here.

Inclusive Music: BandLab Songwriting CourseBandLab is award-winning free and safe online music-making software suitable for Key Stages 2-4. Including over 100 different styles of music, Inclusive Music has now produced the ultimate Teacher & Student Course – “BandLab For Schools” (Covid-19 Free Edition) to get all children started on a structured songwriting journey using simple step by step video tutorials. More info here. 

FutureDJs Remote Learning Experiences 
FutureDJs have partnered with X2O Media’s virtual classroom technology to deliver an immersive remote learning experience. Read more here.

#CanDoMusic Recommended Resources for Secondary Schools


GCSE (9 to 1) subject-level conditions and requirements for music Outcomes and analysis documents from Ofqual's consultation regarding the conditions and requirements in GCSE, AS and A level music examinations.

Inspire Young People About Careers in Music A free bank of videos from professional musicians, teachers and music licensing assistants, to concert and music video directors all telling their career stories.

Introduction to music theory Free course covering basic knowledge about music theory, aimed at being equally suitable for self-directed students, or as CPD for primary music coordinators, additional material for GCSE etc.

MooreNotes Compositions Original compositions, based around jazz, string and song ideas aimed at the young and the more experienced performer. Ideal for classroom and public performance for all.

Music Technology A Level An A-Level Music Tech course opening up a range of skills to students, suitable for anyone who has a keen interest in creating and recording music, and who wishes to deepen their understanding of popular music styles and developments in music tech.

Secondary Ten Pieces Plus Classroom resources to support the BBC Ten Pieces II initiative.

Listening Inspiration Free resource aiming to help students find pieces to give inspiration and ideas for their own composing activities

Online composing courses Interactive online courses to help secondary level students and teachers with different aspects of composition, accessible from home or in the classroom.

Composition using iPads and Apps Inspire Event Resources regarding composition in the classroom using iPads and Apps.

Listen Imagine Compose Exploring how composing is taught and learned at KS3, KS4 and KS5.

Minute of Listening Helps pupils develop their creative listening skills. This carefully curated collection of introduces children to a range of music and sounds.

Teaching Music with iPads Training and Workshops A training programme aimed at being able to teach music with iPads

Play Trinity Rock & Pop app An app allowing users to mix their own performances with the app's professional session musicians using the practice app that allows users to to adjust pitch, tempo and each individual instrumental track from the mixing desk.

Technology in Music Education resources: Resources for teachers interested in music technology, including blogs, podcasts, news, videos and tutorials.