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music day

Discussion in 'Music' started by fayebaline, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Hi
    i am looking for a little bit of advice. my senior staff think instead of doing music every week for half an hour we should have one whole day a half term to teach the music scheme. Personally not 100% sure this is enough time to music or if we would be able to fit a schemes worth of skill in, any ideas???
    We currently work from QCA shemes and the plan is to look a the skill and put them into a day with an overall outcome - eg: canival for year 5 as we look at Islands of the caribbean.

    Has anybody done anything like this before? Any advice?
    Thanks
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  2. Hi
    i am looking for a little bit of advice. my senior staff think instead of doing music every week for half an hour we should have one whole day a half term to teach the music scheme. Personally not 100% sure this is enough time to music or if we would be able to fit a schemes worth of skill in, any ideas???
    We currently work from QCA shemes and the plan is to look a the skill and put them into a day with an overall outcome - eg: canival for year 5 as we look at Islands of the caribbean.

    Has anybody done anything like this before? Any advice?
    Thanks
    [​IMG]
     
  3. YesMrBronson

    YesMrBronson New commenter

    Will you get specialists in on your music day?
     
  4. no don't think the budge will stretch to that!
     
  5. I've worked at a school that did this a few years ago. Basically, they contracted me (I'm at the college that the school feeds into) to try and cover the whole of the NC in three days - 1 day per term with years 7,8 and 9.
    Bonkers!
    Obviously I couldn't and I told them so. I did map what we did with them out on a document I devised so that they could see what the children were progressing towards (!).
    Turns out that those three days got them through the Ofsted - they don't provide any other music and they rather exaggerated what I'd done (or how often) to them.
    So, my experience is that it's better to learn a little and frequently than a lot and rarely. Most teaching models/theories etc would back this up (Kolb etc) so you could quote a few of them to your SMT[​IMG]
     
  6. brookey1970

    brookey1970 New commenter

    I agree with poeme: little-and-often. However, given that a whole day each half term would equate to perhaps 4.5 hrs against, say, 3.5 if you do half an hour per wk, there is a case to be heard for SMT's proposal. As a "skills" subject, Music requires time for development, establishment, consolidation and extension. Would SMT allow you to do, for example, the whole week's worth of Maths on Monday, leaving Tue-Fri free to timetable as you wish? And how would MFL work?
     
  7. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    And how would PE work if done only on two days a term?
    Regular practice is the only route to success. I could imagine something like PSHE working on the basis of 2 full days a term, and possibly even Drama. But it would be the death of most subjects.
     
  8. Agreed! I suppose it really highlights how little 'people' think of Music as an academic subject.
    'Tis a slippery slope[​IMG]
     
  9. The school I work in decided to do this while I was on maternity leave. (much against my advice I might add...)
    They found out that the children just did not seem to remember anything from one term to the next and were not making any real progress (What a suprise!!)

     
  10. I have similar concerns so i'm glad to see i'm not the only one! The only problem in my school at the moment is our curriculum is too much and many staff are not teaching music at all. I'm not sure there is a clear solution
     
  11. As a provider of African drumming workshops to schools I often take
    part in whole-school Music days. Events like these can serve many
    purposes - eg they can complement and enhance curricular Music lessons,
    kick-start a topic in Music or other subjects, be part of a celebratory
    project with an international, multicultural, Music or Arts theme or be
    part of a programme of activities designed to develop teamwork. Though
    activities like mine definitely develop and enhance musical skills, they
    should not be a substitute for regular curricular Music lessons. I have
    to agree with the posters who advocate little and often as the best way
    forward for any skills-based learning - and much knowledge-based
    learning too (though drumming a lot and often is obviously even better!)

    b.ayengio@yahoo.co.uk
     
  12. "We are our repeated selves. Excellence therefore is not an act but a habit" -Aristotle
     

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