5 Quick Ways To Revamp Your Tired Music Curriculum

In the UK we have the exciting prospect of yet another new Ofsted framework to work to.  Yes, in the ever revolving carousel of 'best practise for curriculum planning', we are back to thinking about the basics, this time dressed up as:

  • Intention
  • Implementation
  • Impact

In basic teacher speak, we are thinking once more (as if we ever really stopped doing this) about

  • Why do we teach what we teach?
  • How do we teach it?
  • What is the outcome? What progress did the children make?

So for many, this will be the trigger for yet another revamp of our curricula.  For others, it may just be time to think about how relevant our curriculum is still for our students. 

We all have our favourite topics that we have taught since the beginning of time, are comfortable with, have all the resources prepared for and are aware of 99% of things that might not go to plan.  These are our security blankets.  We like teaching them because we don't have to do lots of new planning...

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5 Easy Ways To Teach Music In Your Homeschool

Music can be a bit 'marmite' when it comes to the homeschool - you either love it or hate it.  With the long list of core topics to cover, it is tempting to put music to one side as an optional extra, to be addressed when there is time.

But this could be doing your students a disservice!  Music is a fantastic tool to help to build many skills that will help your students in all sorts of areas of their lives.  

Teamwork, coordination, fine and gross motor skills and even the working memory will all be improved by listening to and playing music.   Music is the only subject that involves both sides of the brain, and the resulting sparks of neural activity can even lead to an enhanced ability in literacy and numeracy.

So here are 5 quick and easy ways to introduce music into your homeschool.

1. Music Homeschool Meets Community

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Music is a fantastic way to meet other people and join in a communal activity.  Get your...

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Music Teachers' Quick Planning Guide

Lesson Planning Overview For Music Teachers

 

When it comes to lesson planning, it can be a challenging and very time-consuming job.  But it doesn't have to be yet another teaching chore, another piece of admin to be carried out.  This is your chance to be creative and dictate what you want to spend your days teaching. Sometimes you will be overrun with ideas for lesson planning, whilst at other times you won't be able to think of a thing.  This is where you need some degree of organisation, rather than an explosion of random ideas.

Long, Mid or Short Term Lesson Planning?

When you are thinking about your lesson planning, it's best to think of the end game first.  Where are your students going to end up? Which qualification are they going to be taking? What route will they be following after school?  Work backwards from that endpoint, considering what skills and knowledge they will need to have gained or improved in the intervening years. Your...

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6 Top Tips For A Successful Music Performance

You’ve practised for a long time.  You’ve invited everyone you know to come and see you.  The audience is ready for a brilliant and entertaining show.  But how can you guarantee that your music performance will be really successful? Well, unfortunately, in the world of live performance there are no guarantees.  To be realistic, there is any number of things that could go wrong. But being prepared will not only reduce that possibility but also ensure that you are able to cope and keep going if something unplanned or unexpected does happen.

Be well rehearsed

Always rehearse far more than you think you need to.  You should know your pieces upside and backwards. You should be able to start at any given point without thinking about it.  If you are a singer you should know your lyrics thoroughly. If you are in a rock or pop band you should be able to perform without your music.  How are you going to stage slide if you are relying on being...

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