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music and drama. what to teach for drama?

Discussion in 'Drama and performing arts' started by musikteech, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    I have an interview for a music and drama post tomorrow and I know the curriculum for music but I don't know what it is for drama. I covered drama once but I don't have much idea how to teach it. It's a difficult one, putting music and drama together when you're only music trained (do they even have music and drama teachers). What could I prepare for the drama part to say at the interview? Or what can I look at to give me an idea of what drama teachers teach?
     
  2. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    Nobody knows! I'll just have to make something up then. I'm going to tweet OCR performing arts to find out if u lot can't be bothered to chip in.LOL Unreal:rolleyes:
     
  3. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    I just looked at the OCR syllabus and it's a whole subject of its own drama is. I wouldn't really have a clue how to teach all those criteria in the syllabus. It's a whole laundry list of things to learn. I don't know why they put music and drama together as one teaching post. I'm cheesed off now as I was hoping to get this job but now it's not worth interviewing as I wouldn't be able to answer the drama questions. It's hard enough keeping up with the music syllabus let alone trying to do both. For example there's 5 areas of study for OCR GCse music, yes 5! and each area has a long laundry list of things students should learn. I know how to teach these so that's ok but I just can't learn drama. It depends what level they want. If they want GCSE then I can't do it, but if they want KS3 then I might be able to follow the schemes of work. I think I'll email the school and ask them if there's any possibility of hiring two teachers instead of one. It's worth a shot I think. Why do I do this job!!!!
     
  4. englishteach101

    englishteach101 Occasional commenter

    Of course it is. Like Science is, and Business studies and all other subjects are. They are quite often linked because they are both creative (I've always taught both alongside each other) and there isn't always the timetable for a full-time teacher of one or the other, leading to the need to hire part time teachers which can also be difficult.

    If you don't feel you can teach both, then you'll have to make the decision. It might be worth speaking to the school to find out if there is a Drama specialist that will support you with teaching the subject before you reject what could be an interesting opportunity outright.

    Oh and Drama teachers don't lurk on here often as we're usually too busy running extra-curricular, just like music teachers! ;)
     
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  5. lilycorrigan

    lilycorrigan New commenter

    I agree with engishteach101. I'm sorry that we Drama Teachers/TA's/Cover Supervisors etc are not on here very often, we do have extra curricular activities to run and we are constantly overworked. If I were you I would really try to get an insight into what Drama is before the interview. Go see a show and write up an evaluation of it, go and visit amateur dramatics groups and ask them what Drama is. You need to use all the resources available to you in order to really understand what Drama is and how to effectively teach it.

    Having said that, given you got frustrated and didn't have the patience to wait for us to reply from upwards of 72 hrs, Im not sure that you would get hired. In this part of the curriculum you will need a lot of patience as well as a back bone. Not having them and not being well prepared for the interview way ahead of time isn't a good sign of you as a teacher.
     
  6. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    Oops, sorry. I was eager to find out the answer.

    I had the interview in the end and they said they put on productions/musicals and the like and asked if I thought I could help with doing that so I said yes I thought I could and then went on to explain that I hadn't taught GCSE drama but they said it's alright. The music classes will be ok so will see. I asked if they had other applicants and they said yes. My feeling is I haven't got the job but the interview was ok in the end.
     
  7. englishteach101

    englishteach101 Occasional commenter

    Didn't they give you feedback on the day? Odd. Most teaching positions do.

    They may have someone who's taught both to exam level in which case, you may have lost out this time, but with support, I've had to teach all sorts of subjects as in education, although you might be hired as a specialist teacher in a specific subject, you don't automatically get just that subject. If another subject needs a couple of hours covering and you are a couple short, then you're doing it.

    Also, didn't you do any research prior to making the application? What would you have put in the letter?
     
  8. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    This was a skype interview for a post at an international school abroad. I didn't do any research before I applied, I just saw they wanted a music teacher and decided to apply. I wrote in the letter my experience as a music teacher but I didn't mention anything about drama. They haven't given me a decision yet so I have got my fingers crossed.
     
  9. lilycorrigan

    lilycorrigan New commenter


    Because you didn't do your research and you didn't think about it clear enough, they will not hire you. Sorry for being blunt, but I'd rather be honest with you than tell you that you will sail through it.
     
  10. englishteach101

    englishteach101 Occasional commenter

    I'm inclined to agree with lilycorrigan to be honest, it doesn't sound like they will.
     

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