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2022 Music Education Teach Meets with the ISM Trust: Primary and early years and secondary

These free online Music Education Teach Meets were provided by the ISM Trust and facilitated by Dr Alison Daubney PhD, Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Sussex, researcher, curriculum developer and trainer.

These events are for teachers and led by teachers, embedding joint practice development at the heart of your work. They are for all teachers and school leaders, no matter what your role is, or what stage of your career you are at.

We hope that watching back these events will provide you with new perspectives, ideas and opportunities for rich debate and collaboration.

Primary and early years presentations looked at:

  • Integrating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into the music curriculum. Following on from the themes that were headline news in the run-up to COP26 in November 2021, this presentation explored the ways in which music education can help children develop an understanding of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and nurture the key skills seen as necessary for future sustainability. it included topics such as increasing learner agency on matters such as social justice through the growth of global citizenship, and examples of such work taking place in primary music at The Premier Academy in Bletchley, Milton Keynes.
  • Looking Beyond Adult-Led Music in the Early Years. Katie (aka Kathryn) Neilson spoke about her MA research which considered young children's musical behaviours in everyday life and teachers/EYPs responses to these behaviours. Her research specifically asked what happened when EYP/teacher responses to these behaviours were musical. Katie's findings revealed barriers to recognition of musical behaviours, as well as valuable insights into the benefits of adults' musical responses for young children.
  • I’ve got rhythm. This presentation looked at the resource 'I've got rhythm'. The resource showed a progression towards reading standard notation and is a fun and engaging way for children to learn how to read a series of rhythm patterns starting through shapes and playing using body percussion which leads on to using drumsticks for chair drumming activities.
  • Developing a Knowledge Rich Skills Based Music Curriculum. Here we discussed how you can integrate a knowledge rich approach into the practical subject of music without compromising on skills development.

Secondary presentations looked at:

  • Extracurricular recovery. Explored the importance of extra curricular music, also focusing on post pandemic recovery.
  • Rhythm and Pulse and how tasks like chair drumming can be both engaging and COVID friendly. This presentation discussed how engaging tasks such as chair drumming impacts knowledge of rhythm and pulse, and even the drum kit, for Year 7's. The presenter discussed strategies on how to deliver these practical tasks, along with differentiated methods and in a COVID secure setting.
  • Tuning a curriculum project - getting the best out of your ideas. This presentation explained the purpose of a curriculum tuning process, what it involved, and how it can support and deepen your planning process in order to maximize the learning opportunities of your curriculum. A tuning protocol template was also shared to use within your own department, school or education setting.
  • Every Copy Counts Composing Resources. As part of the Every Copy Counts campaign, PMLL has developed a suite of resources for teachers in the primary and secondary phases, highlighting practices in composing. This suite of resources includes suggestions for the use of technology, exposes diverse composers, provides a gamified approach to composing at KS2 and an amazing broad suite of composing starting points, 'The Composing Cube'. This presentation introduced PMLL's Every Copy Counts campaign, which seeks to ensure that by logging their copying data of sheet and digital music in schools, royalty distribution to composers is fair and equitable. To learn more about accessing free resources, watch the teacher instruction video.

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Primary Music Toolkit

The ISM Trust and SMA commissioned an online toolkit to help primary school teachers bring the primary curriculum to life.