Name: Quirky Teacher
Twitter name: @iQuirky_Teacher
Subject taught (if applicable): Everything, especially music
Position: Teacher and subject coordinator
What is your advice about? How to teach music
- Remember that music lessons need to include combinations of: music theory, how to play a tuned instrument/sing, music appreciation, music history and performance skills
- Speak with your music coordinator who should direct you to some decent resources, help you plan and let you know which instrument/choral skills you should be teaching
- ‘Experimentation’ is only allowed in KS1. In KS2, ‘creativity’ involves call and response, improvisation; you need to teach the whole class instrument skills and music theory.
- When teaching an instrument, use a process of no-nonsense explanation, demonstration and then children to practice until successful. Test frequently and apply in ensemble.
- Children love hearing/learning about Classical music and other genres, eg Blues. Avoid teaching only ‘relevant’ music such as ‘pop’, or co-opting lessons for PSHE purposes.