What I learned from… being seen and heard
This term we’ve tried something new that could be tried in any school. We’ve moved our orchestra rehearsal to be in the centre of the school.
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… building a residential trip based on new partnerships
It was very straightfoward. Essentially, we needed a coach, a few hotel rooms, table booked for dinner and some concert tickets. It is different to booking a weekend away for yourself, as you have to plan additional flexibility and think more deeply about the ‘student experience’. You’re aiming for the very best opportunity for each…
What I learned from… a conversation with Christopher Stevens HMI
One of the many things I love about the Music Teachers Association is the opportunity to hear the right conversations at the best time. This particular conversation was in a January 2023 meeting with Ofsted’s Music Lead Christopher Stevens HMI and Catherine Barker, president-elect of the MTA. The conversation both confirmed our recent developments were…
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.
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…
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…