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Backing tracks for students to practise improvising

jm-education has prepared two new backing tracks in different styles and keys for music students to practise improvising over.

These can be found on the jm-education YouTube channel (click here), or by accessing the Improvising page of this website (part of the National 5 supplementary material).

Note: a video on basic improvisation techniques can also be found on the jm-education YouTube channel. Click here.

More new backing tracks will be added soon, so keep checking this page for updates or subscribe to the jm-education YouTube channel.

The jm-education multi-charity appeal

This appeal was set up to benefit the following charities:

We have set a target fund of £250 for each charity, which we can achieve with YOUR help. Please consider donating just a single pound to any of these charities, which will be very helpful in pushing us towards our targets.

You can donate by accessing the Just Giving pages set up by jm-education for each of the charities, or by text - see the Charity page on this website for details.

You can see the funds raised so far by accessing our Just Giving pages and, if you wish, choose to have your name added to the list of donators.

Donate just one pound to the appeal AND give yourself a chance to win a bundle of prizes in our new annual National 5 Composer of the Year competition  

See competition page for details

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New Higher music book. Most popular format?

With work on the new Higher music book from jm-education well underway, we’d like to hear opinions from teachers and students on the format they find most convenient - traditional print copy or e-book? Let us know by dropping a quick email, discussing on the forum page or indicating your preference in the poll on the jm-education facebook page.

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New Book for Higher Music

The jm-education Guide to Higher Music

In a similar format to the previous four ‘How to Pass’ music books by Joe McGowan (published by Hodder Gibson), this book will feature musical concept revision, a specimen test paper and three composing/arranging workshops, as well as a wealth of other information, tips and advice on the higher Music course.

Refer to this News page for updates and publication information.

Higher Music backing tracks

Music backing tracks to help Higher students practise their improvising are planned for the near future. These tracks, produced by jm-music for jm-education, will reflect the new keys and musical literacy requirements of the Higher grade.

Keep checking this News page for updates.

New Textbook and other Resources for Higher Music

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New Higher Music Concept Tutorial Videos!!

Higher Music concept tutorial videos

5 new video tutorials covering all of the current Higher Music concepts are now available on the jm-education YouTube channel. Click on the YouTube icon at the top of any page of this website to navigate to the videos.

Second Edition of How to Pass National 5 Music

The new, revised edition of How to Pass National Music book

Available from February 23, 2018, the revised edition of this book reflects the recent changes made to the National 5 Music course, ensuring teachers and students alike have accurate and relevant resources.

For more information and to order, click here.

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