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… 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…
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…
Inspiring a love of learning (rather than a fear of exams)
There will always be challenges in this profession, but perhaps we’re getting the problems and solutions the wrong way round. Could we approach exam preparation differently? Here’s a real-world solution with a fantastic outcome!
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,…