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Backing tracks for students to practise improvising

jm-education has prepared two 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.

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Higher Music Concept Tutorial Videos!!

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 - 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.

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.

Higher Music concept tutorial videos

5 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 5 Music

This revised edition reflects the 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.

Special Introductory offer from Your Music Mentor

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To benefit from this offer, simply send them your full name and state whether you are a student or teacher and you will receive a unique voucher code which can be redeemed against any service.*

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The jm-education Guide to Higher Music

Published in January 2020, this fully up-to-date book for the Higher Music course is compiled in a similar format to the previous ‘How to Pass’ music books by Joe McGowan (published by Hodder Gibson). The new book features musical concept revision, music literacy, a specimen question paper, composing workshop and an extended chapter on practising and performing music, as well as a wealth of study tips and exam advice.

An added bonus with this new book is that POD and e-Book publishing mean that any changes to the curriculum can easily be added to the text at any time, ensuring that the book will ALWAYS be up-to-date!

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Resources for Higher Music

Study and revision book for National 5 Music


Course book for Higher Music

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