What I’m learning from… Supporting a young person with autism and DCD (dyspraxia) in a mainstream full class setting
The ultimate discovery happened 3 days ago. Having struggled so much with the seemingly impossible ‘tapping in time to a regular pulse’, this student can now accurately tap complex rhythms using dotted notes, syncopation and triplets with perfect timing, with their left hand, with right hand and with both hands together!! Now that is beyond…
What I learned from… Kahoot! with Live Drum Kit
This week I used that same function to be able to demonstrate a live drum kit example while they thought about each question – also giving time for students to discuss their answers and even come up to the front of class to look more closely at what was happening on the drum kit from…
What I learned from… changing one word
So this week I’ve changed one word…
What I learned from… my Year 9s this week about ‘one extra step’ in learning to write a melody
Melody is one of the aspects of music that is so familiar to our students, but from the coursework I see, it also causes the greatest problems in GCSE composition.
Music Teacher Solutions & “What I learned from…”
I’ve launched Music Teacher Solutions to be able to offer further support and encouargement to teachers. Alongside this, my new blog series “What I learned from…” #MrLoweWILF will share my latest learning.
Celebrating 10 years of progress to understand how to help all young people to make confident progress in music.
To mark this 10th Anniversary of developments, I’ve decided to share the lockdown work of one of my year 10 students. I’m so grateful to the family for giving permission for the work to be shared. This is an amazing example of the musical learning and creation that’s been possible during the 8 weeks of…
Part 2: Teaching Music in Isolation: A deeper, real-world reflection into lockdown: Finding a new ‘Extra Curricular’
Despite this deeply negative time, from that 2nd rehearsal did come an idea, like a small shoot of a spring flower appearing as a symbol of hope after a harsh winter. We decided together that rhythm and pulse could not be followed in real-time. So rather than focusing on things that were not possible, we…
iPad Music Competition – Results
Many congratulations to all young people across the country who have begun to discover the joy of creating music on an iPad. Our 2019 iPad Music competition has now ended. Congratulations to our winners who each received a £25 Apple App Store Voucher, a copy of “How to Write Great Music: Understanding the Process from…
Building the ‘Ultimate Extra’
The ‘Extra’ is always a choice. I aspire to creating ‘Ultimate Extra’, which ensures every minute of every day is filled with opportunity. It is not contractual, however the difference it makes to every student and their wider community is so significant, it’s a choice worth making. The students are always my first thought, but…
Last night I was fortunate to be at LSO St Luke’s in London to listen to ORASingers. It was the second time I’ve experienced the choir live, the first being at Manchester Cathedral with 40 or so of our students (aged 13-15) in February 2018. After last night’s performance I tweeted: Why #perfectinspiration? For me,…