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LGBT History Month 2014: Music – Faces of 14 Resources

The theme for History Month 2014 is Music. To cover the LGBT range we have four ‘faces’ from the field of music – lesbian composer and suffragette Dame Ethel Smyth, gay classical composer Lord Benjamin Britten (whose centenery is being marked in 2013); bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith, and trans TV and film music composer [...]

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KS5: Music – ‘The Trouser Role’

‘The trouser role’ or ‘Breeches role’ is a role in which an actress appears in male clothing (breeches being tight-fitting knee-length pants, the standard male garment in the classical era when breeches roles were introduced). In opera it can also refer to any male character that is sung and acted by a female singer. Most [...]

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KS4: Music – ‘Elements of Disco’

By using a track from the film Priscilla Queen of the Dessert, learners are given the opportunity to explore the varied elements of disco music. In using the film as case study for the music, learners are also afforded the opportunity to learn about the definition of Trans. Downloads: KS4 Music ‘Elements of Disco’ worksheet [...]

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KS3: Music – ‘Bronski Beat’s Small Town Boy’

The differentiated objectives for this lesson were devised by using the 2011 National Curriculum attainment targets for Music at Key Stage 3. This lesson about Bronski Beat’s 80′s hit Small Town Boy allows learners to explore the music of a gay artist, using the music video to understand the context of the lyrics. Learners will [...]

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KS2: Music – Pop Music

This lesson is about eliciting emotional responses to music. The songs are all LGB related – or produced or performed by LGB people. It shows the creative talents – often unrecognised – of LGB artists. To some students it should demonstrate how music – as a historical record – shows the development of the LGB [...]

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