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Keyboard music

Discussion in 'Music' started by lauramacmillanmusic, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Hi all,

    I teach secondary pupils (11 - 17 years) in a Scottish high school.

    What material do you use for teaching keyboard?

    We currently use the Strathclyde Keyboard course but were looking to update it.

    Any suggestions as to things that 'work'?

    Laura
     
  2. Hi all,

    I teach secondary pupils (11 - 17 years) in a Scottish high school.

    What material do you use for teaching keyboard?

    We currently use the Strathclyde Keyboard course but were looking to update it.

    Any suggestions as to things that 'work'?

    Laura
     
  3. YesMrBronson

    YesMrBronson New commenter

    Do you mean for specialist keyboard pupils or general classes?
     
  4. General classes. We currently have a keyboard unit in S1 and in S2.

    S1 = first year of high school
    S2 = second year of high school

    (Just incase you are in the English system and not sure of ages...)
     
  5. I can't speak for everyone here but generally the National Curriculum does not point us towards whole units aimed at instrumental teaching. The idea in combining the activities of listening, performing and composing is that we approach music through topic based study and students aquire skills as we go, rather than focus on the simple acquisition of these as and end in itself.
    Indeed, the end of music education in the classroom is supposed to be musica UNDERSTANDING rather than simple performance skills.
    However, many of us wonder how this understanding is to be meaningfully demonstrated if students do not play and instrument confidently and skillfully. So the answer is, I've invented my own and have used the Technics keyboard course as a basis. I move very swiftly on from simple right and left hand tunes to using chords and getting them to accompany singers or insturmentalists using simple acompaniment patterns. I find that this supports composition skills and the understanding of chord sequences, cadences and even voice leading, especially if you make them use chords in different position to smooth out the transitions.
     
  6. Just wondered if anyone had purchased a book/course that they could direct me to so I can have a look at and compare to ensure the pupils get the best experience.

    We want to re-vamp it and yes the option of writing our own pieces is being explored - but sometimes reinventing the wheel is done far too often.
     
  7. YesMrBronson

    YesMrBronson New commenter

    True but you'll be wanting to do some modern stuff too. If you transcribe some pieces yourself then the kids can play some tunes that are totally fresh (i.e. released in the past few weeks/months). Mix the new stuff with the old and you'll have some resources that will capture the interest of the pupils.
     
  8. cmf

    cmf

    http://www.music-4-schools.co.uk/ks1.html
    Found this to be very good.
     

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