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Covering music help required!

Discussion in 'Music' started by lovejoy_antiques, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Occasional commenter

    Hi,

    I'm doing long term supply, I have several key stage 3 and 4 music lessons on my timetable. Some of these are in a room with keyboards. Others are in an IT room and some are in a normal classroom.

    I am a non specialist, taking over groups who have had 6 weeks of day to day supply teachers/cover teachers. Behaviour school wide is not great. And no cover work seems to be set.

    This week in the music room we have been practicing on the keyboards (found a range of simple tunes on worksheets). In the IT room we have been making a poster about a concert of our choice. In the normal classroom we've been making the poster on paper.

    No scheme of work seems to exist. Has anyone got any ideas or know of any resources/websites that might help? I don't want to be making posters every week up until Christmas! Thanks.
     
  2. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Are there any music programs/music software on the computers in the IT room?
     
  3. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Occasional commenter

    I think they have cubase but I think there are technical problems when the kids try to run it. Prepared a work sheet about reviewing different songs of different genres on YouTube for next week. Totally stumped though with what to do with a really badly behaved group in a room with no computers or musical instruments.
     
  4. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    www.musictheory.net has some useful bits in the lessons and exercises, but you might need to do some input on the theory topics so they could do the exercises.
    Musictechteacher used to also have some quizzes and interactive games.

    Aside from that, in an IT room with dodgy software you're pretty limited. A safer bet might be to research and make a PowerPoint on different musical styles, eg. Blues, reggae, waltz - you could make it like a trip around the world over a term?! Where, when, common instruments, famous musicians/bands, etc. Or depending on timetabling, you could see if you could alternate with the other music teacher (I presume there is one if you're being sent out of the music room for your lessons?) to use the music classroom or take turns to teach so that each class has some lessons in the music dept and some in IT that could support their music lessons.
     
  5. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    Are your KS4 groups doing GCSE? The school really needs to support you with this, and support the students as it's crucial they don't get behind with controlled assessment work, especially year 11s.
     
  6. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Occasional commenter

    Thanks, great idea!
     
  7. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Occasional commenter

    Ks4 year 10 groups are doubled up and I'm supporting with behaviour. I have some 7's and 8's and a year 9. I think year nine have it as an option so I presume that's ks4 work. The group in a normal classroom is the one I'm most concerned about. There are only so many Ariella grande posters you can make!
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2019
  8. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    There’s a website called https://www.classicsforkids.com/ I’m not sure whether any of it would be useful - there are a variety of things on there - some worksheets, information about composers, Britten’s young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra... I don’t think the games are up to much though...

    How crazy to expect you to teach Music in a room with no equipment in it.

    If you don’t have any musical instruments or access to music software and if the pupils don’t/won’t sing there’s not much you can do beyond theory and learning about music - composers, instruments, music from different parts of the world or music from the past (link with History curriculum?), watching YouTube clips of these etc. And the main ways of having written tasks on the above will either be wordsearches, listening quizzes, information posters and the like. It’s not what a good Music curriculum should be filled with but you’ve got to survive in a tricky environment without proper resources. Good luck!
     
  9. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    I missed the bit about a normal classroom. What a nightmare. I had to teach in English and science labs last year and took ukuleles with me. That was bad enough. Do they have any portable instruments? Or can you book a computer room or set of laptops or anything? What were they doing in their music lessons before you were covering? Surely music hasn't been timetabled in a normal classroom all year with no swapping? If so they need to sort it out because there's no prospect of musical learning beyond learning 'about' music as Violaclef has outlined above - I'd be pretty disappointed as a child and a parent if that wasn't just short-term but that music lessons all year involved no practical element. Sorry you are having to deal with this.
     
  10. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    One school I worked in lost its only music teacher with no notice at Easter. As there was no specialist supply to be had, they took the decision to abandon KS3 music for the rest of the year. One of the regular supply teachers took on the timetable and did a basic skills project with all groups. The intention was to get someone in to do some whole day music workshops nearer the end of term, although unfortunately that never happened.
     
  11. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Occasional commenter

    Having observed the behaviour last week of the group plonked in a normal classroom, I have a sneaking suspicion this may have been done to stop them trashing the equipment! I will find out more as time goes on!
     
  12. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    Frustum, I can understand that decision, unfortunate though it is.
    Lovejoy, is there another music teacher at the school?
     
  13. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Occasional commenter

    Yes spoken to them and they said they'd speak to the head of faculty.
     
  14. rooney1

    rooney1 Occasional commenter

    No Instruments. Have a look at Anna Meredith Hands Free on YouTube. I have done a project where the pupils make up their own body percussion sections to a set rhythm. I found a drum loop website Jim Dooley I think) chose the tempo wanted used it on my ipod. The pupils then had to work on 8 or 16 beat sections, including some movement and changes in dynamics and timbre. We put the whole thing together as a performance and recorded it to watch. Also could use the old Honda advert and do a similar composition thing using voices. If you want to listen to music in the classical tradition the 'old' Roy Bennett Listening to Music books might give you some ideas of what to listen to and info about the pieces. Another practical idea find samba rhythm patterns online and make up word patterns to them. Pupils can use body percussion instead of instruments. Feet are good for the surdo pulse beat.
     
  15. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Occasional commenter

    Cheers, just spoke to the teacher usually in the room with no equipment. Apparently the speakers attached to the crusty old desktop in there don't work in their either! Word searches it is then!
     
  16. rooney1

    rooney1 Occasional commenter

    Ask the it dept for one. Either with Jack lead or wireless. IT should be able sort you out with a portable small amp. I use a jb flip . It is small but can be loud enough for a classroom or small school hall.
     
  17. rooney1

    rooney1 Occasional commenter

    Word searches really aren't music.
     
  18. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Occasional commenter

    I'm still waiting for a laptop. Apparently there's a waiting list!
     
  19. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    'wordsearches aren't music'
    I think Lovejoy knows this. But in the absence of any musical instruments, resources, IT, sound equipment, or (as far as I know) musical training (which isn't a criticism, just I think even an experienced musician would struggle), I think they have their hands tied.
    If the school wants you to cover music lessons, they need to give you access to resources. I think you'd actually be better doing silent reading/homework catch-up/literacy activities for at least part of the lesson than attempting to teach music for a full lesson in this set-up. If anyone complains then you can explain.
     
  20. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Occasional commenter

    As a non music teacher my proudest moment this week has been teaching two notorious year 9 lads to play the riff from smoke on the water on the guitar!

    Asked to be re-roomed for the group in the non music/non it room. I'm not sure if this will happen. I think they're checking if the local MMA octagon is available!
     
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