Music A critical analysis of theory and practice in using the voice in creative music education
What we taught and why lesson 1 • Introducing ‘tempo’ with an introductory activity and a visual aid metronome from www.sfskids.org. • Warm up – breathing, singing sausage and chips to scale. Boy chose bacon and ice cream for scale. • Activity one: Sing ‘My Bonnie lies over the ocean.” several times with actions, at a different tempo, emphasising the beat by clapping. • Activity two: children choose song to perform at different tempos to the class with actions. • Plenary: Children act as seeds growing at fast/slow tempos. 1 2 Please click to listen.
What we taught and why lesson 2 • Using ‘jibber jabber’ song (on CD) – children identify different pitch with their hands • In circle – Mexican wave, copying different pitch • Sing ‘Once a Man Fell in a Well’ – reverse pitch • Activity two: Sing ‘Hands are meant to clap’ – put actions to song to highlight different pitches. • Plenary – Check children’s understanding by asking them questions Please click to listen
Why teach music in the primary classroom? • What do children gain through high quality arts teaching and the effect on their mood? • How do songs effect children? • Music should be enhanced by the general education of pupils through appropriate experiences in and with music (Ernst & Charles, 1965).
Why is music important? • Songs form part of our culture and provide a way of learning about other cultures (Johnston, Chater and Bell, 2002: p.191) • What is the long term effect of teaching primary school children music and why is it important? • Music as a tool.
Why use voice in the Primary classroom? • The voice must be emphasised in the early days of making music, as an instrument in sound games. • ‘Each time a song is sung it will change according to the abilities and feelings of the singers and the context in which it is sung.’ (Hennessy cited in Wilson, 2009: p.138) • Progression from early to later stages.
The importance of planning good music lessons • What and why should teachers plan? • Creating their own interpretations of music allows children to learn about the many ways in which musical material can be changed to give different meanings. (Hennessy, 2009)
Planning • Ensures an enriching musical experience • Provides a framework for hands on teaching and learning • Encourages modelling of skills • Discourages too much talk. • Discourages inappropriate use of notation • Ensures progression (Open University Press, 2009)
How children learn music? • Important theories for planning our music lesson. • Children learn by doing (Pound, 2005: p.22) • The benefits to learning music are many.
Issues – The Sexes Is their musical rivalry between boys and girls? What do the experts suggest teachers can do to improve this opinion? (Bloom, 2010: p.26)
How we assessed our music lessons? • How we assessed the children's voices and the effectiveness of the lesson content? • Why is it important for children to be assessed? • Other ways music can be assessed.
Why did we use Formative assessment? • ‘Using assessment to help learning means that the students, the ones who do the learning, have information about where they are in their learning, what steps they need to take and how to take them.’ (Harlen, 2005, p.215) • Teacher assessments can be used to evaluate a wider range of achievement and learning outcomes than formal tests and examinations (Assessment Reform Group, 2006).
How we worked as teachers • We ensured planning was efficient and included listening, performing and composing opportunities. • We attempted to plan for differentiation and inclusion by being flexible. • We allowed children to make decisions about what to do next and practice their own song to ensure a feeling of ownership
Creativity • Fostering creativity in the classroom. • FLOW Psychology.
Guilfords – Divergent Thinking • He believes intelligence and creativity are too separate things • What is divergent thinking and its characteristics.
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