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… 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.
Remote Music Lessons for Y7-8. Status: EVERYTHING WORKS AND IT'S AWESOME!!
I write to you with tremendous excitement. Not only are things up and running in our quest to ‘continue music education during the Coronavirus outbreak’, but many many young people are now actively involved in music creation across the country as a result and already the standard is incredible! Here’s this week’s remote work. If…
What does remote music learning look like?
… this is my year 7 and 8 work for next week. I’m testing it with y7 and 8 music lessons all day tomorrow – I’ll post findings from testing. Students tomorrow will be challenged to act as though they’re at home on their own, rather than in front of me.
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…
What could you make in 60 minutes? Be inventive. Be creative. Try it! I’m exploring what’s possible with an iPad and 60 Minutes #MusicIn60 #JustBeCreative #MusicIsForEverybody #CreateWithoutFear #Challenge #MusicEducation The best way to demonstrate our passion is to create. Listen to Opus 1 here Listen to Opus 2 here Listen to Opus 3 here Enter…
iPad GCSE Music Demo (now with Voiceover)
This term my Y9 GCSE Music students (on both music pathways) have the challenge of producing a complete song using an iPad, beginning only with a lead sheet. They have 5 weeks in total to complete the project. This is an example of a possible Production Via Technology Performance – an option available to students…
Harmony & Control: Real-world curriculum design to inspire confidence and ambition in music
This term’s lessons for GCSE year 9 music are all about Harmony & Control. Control, though not an element of music, is one of the fundamental skills or levels of skill there is. Without it, the outcome is uncontrolled, messy or unintentional chaos. If we don’t model ‘control in music’, we should not be surprised…
Using real-world knowledge to inspire confidence and ambition in music
‘Data’ is probably the least favourite word in a music teacher’s working life. Often ‘data’ relates to a series of numerical values and the need to find a ‘best fit’ to ‘make the data work’, rather than considering the real-world situation of each music student. In the last few years changes in education have brought…