Intervals – Music Theory Lesson

Education, Videos/Film

The latest episode of Theory Rocks is now available. This episode, is about Intervals and how to measure them. To complete the quiz, view the video on YouTube and look out for the link in the description. Make sure you subscribe too, to get notified of when the latest episodes are up.

Tones and Semitones – Music Theory Lesson

Education, Music

A couple of years ago I made a bunch of videos about learning Music Theory. I made 6 in total and intend to make another 7 over the summer. I’m gradually reposting these to YouTube. Here’s the first lesson on Tones and Semitones.

BBC Ten Pieces DJ Sampling Template for Logic Pro X

Education, Music

If you haven’t already checked out BBC Ten Pieces, then it’s certainly one to check out right now. The BBC have created two films for primary and secondary schools students showcasing a number of well-known classical works in a way that will appeal to a younger generation. In addition to the concert film, there are also a number of great teaching resources for each of the pieces.

Some Amazing Music Teaching Resources


Since starting the term school term I’ve slowly been getting my mindset back into teaching and creating lessons once again. Here are some awesome things I’ve discovered recently:

The English Pocket Opera Company

Head over to their ‘Song Room’ tab to find a load of fantastic resources for singing. Loads of free PDF downloads ranging from warm-ups to getting students to sing in harmony. I’ve used some of these already and they’re great.

Teaching Music: Practice Strategies for KS3

It costs a whopping £49.95, but this eBook for computer and tablet is fast becoming my holy grail. A lot of the book is about improving practice, but there are TONS of ideas for lessons and projects.

New Music Curriculum Guidance

Not entirely sure who built this website, but it provides a useful breakdown of the new music curriculum in the UK. Loads of helpful links to YouTube videos and other resources.

Teach Through Music

Teachers who work in London can apply for free music CPD. There’s too much to write about it here, so click the link and have a look to see what it’s about.

An Analysis of Bernard Herrmann’s Film Composing Styles and Techniques

Blog, Education, Music

This is a University degree essay I originally wrote in 2007. It is in no way definitive, but may be useful to those studying Herrman’s work. 

Bernard Herrmann has been one of the most influential film composers through his originality and ability to create stunning scores that went against the film scoring trends of his time. A student of composer Percy Grainger, Herrmann studied at Julliard School of Music before heading to New York University where he found his voice as a contemporary composer. In 1933 he founded the New Chamber Orchestra, which played mostly unknown works by other contemporaries such as Charles Ives. It was his experience as a composer and conductor at this time that led him to become one of the world’s best-known film composers.