Hello all. I am at the end of my PGCE and I am in the middle of researching and writing a project on behaviour and motivation in KS3. The study is based on a skills based curriculum and using the full class as an ensemble (full class performances). My hypothesis states that if you build a curriculum that develops students performing skills on a variety of instruments (keyboards, percussion instruments, guitars and more) and encourage them to learn in a practical way using Odam?s theory of the sound before the symbol, Small?s Musicking and Swanwick?s Spiral then this will help combat behaviour problems and low motivation in year 9 because the students are able to connect with the subject. I would love to get anyone?s opinions on this. If you work in a challenging school where you have behaviour problems and think that this approach will not work for you or that it does work for you then great. If you use this approach of the class playing as an ensemble on different instruments in your class or if you use any other strategies similar to this then I would love to hear about them. If you don?t like this approach or find that there is no problem motivating students? in year 9 then please tell me and tell me what you do. Sorry if this sounds a bit random but I tried to get it all in, my brain is a bit fried at the moment, if you want to know more then just ask.