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Music Teaching SOS

A modular CPD course designed to build the confidence of non-specialist teachers to deliver the National Curriculum for Music

DDMP logoDerby & Derbyshire Music Partnership are offering this CPD course to upskill teachers and teaching assistants in the development and delivery of engaging lessons that meet the requirements of the National Curriculum for Music for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils.

Course outline

With a blended approach of online videos, online live training sessions and self-directed study, learners will complete 6 modules consisting of ~1 hour of learning plus time to try out activites in class.

Participants will ideally cover one module per half term and keep a reflective log, maintained throughout the course.

Modules

  • 1. Table-top music-making
    Performing activities designed to work in a restricted space, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • 2. Easy ways into composing
    Topic-based approaches to composing that are much easier than you might think!
  • 3. The inter-related dimensions of music
    What are the inter-related dimensions of music and how do you teach them?
  • 4. Singing with confidence
    Classroom singing activities you can lead  with confidence
  • 5. Creative approaches to listening to music
    Active listening activities including some ideas for using music notation
  • 6. Teaching music history
    Creative and practical ways to teach music history
See a detailed module breakdown

Resources

All resources and materials will be made available through our website to participants enrolled onto the course. 

Certification

In-house certification will be given to those who successfully complete all six modules.


How to enrol onto the course

Schools are invited to enrol teachers and teaching assistants onto this course, with no limit on places per school.

Each place costs £100 and includes access to all course materials and mentor support.

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Modular breakdown

Full breakdown of what each module will entail and what participants will be able to do in the classroom.

1. Table-top music-making

Table-tops activities have been designed to help teachers deliver musical activities in a restricted space, particularly helpful during the Covid-19 pandemic where restrictions may be placed on singing, sharing instruments and group work.

A series of short training videos will offer simple, straightforward and engaging approaches to making music. The musical processes and outcomes of each activity will focus on rhythm and are achieved either individually, or as a whole class, but not in groups.

Activities have been designed to cater for three different age groups – Years 1 + 2 / Years 3 + 4 / Years 5 + 6 – and come with follow up ideas to continue the learning.

  • What will participants be able to do after this module?
    Participants will have explored different approaches to performing and have a bank of resources that can be tailored to suit different year groups in different settings.

2. Easy ways into composing

Three instructional videos have been prepared to demonstrate how effective planning can be used to deliver engaging and thoroughly musical composing activities to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. These have been prepared to cater for three age groups:

Years 1 + 2 "The Great Fire of London"
Years 3 + 4 "The Sea"
Years 5 + 6 "Alice in Wonderland"

These resources and instructional videos have been specially created by Sue Nicholls – an expert in creating resources for non-specialist teachers with published works with Collins and OUP.

  • What will participants be able to do after this module?
    Participants will build a toolkit of simple composing activities that can be applied to different topics and scenarios for different age groups.

3. The inter-related dimensions of music

In a live one-hour twilight online session, Vicki Brown (Curriculum Consultant, Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership) will explore this key requirement of the National Curriculum for music – beginning with activities that show the importance of pulse in music and looking at pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure.

  • What will participants be able to do after this module?
    Participants will understand how the inter-related dimensions of music permeate all aspects of the music curriculum and have a series of resources that can be used in the classroom.

4. Singing with confidence

In a live one-hour twilight online session, Rachel Wilkes (Singing Support Team Leader, Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership) will explore the role of singing in the National Curriculum and how you can lead and develop singing in the classroom with confidence. 

You will learn how classroom singing differs from singing in assembly or the school choir, and learn techniques that teach your pupils to sing with confidence, energy and musicality.

  • What will participants be able to do after this module?
    Participants will be able to deliver classroom singing that will inspire their pupils to sing with confidence and musical expression.

5. Creative approaches to listening to music

A workbook of activities has been prepared for you to study, broken down into teaching steps so you can try them out in the classroom. This will be supported by time with your mentor.

  • What will participants be able to do after this module?
    Participants will be able to encourage active listening in an accessible and inclusive way.

6. Teaching music history

This part of the National Curriculum for Music in Key Stage 2 often causes the greatest area of concern for non-specialist music teachers.

After a one-hour twilight online session with Vicki Brown, and using prepared resources, learners will be able to deliver engaging lessons in the classroom using a toolkit of ideas.

  • What will participants be able to do after this module?
    Participants will have a series of resources that can be used for this key part of the curriculum, reinforced by a thorough understanding of the subject matter.