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Music Scheme of Work

Discussion in 'Music' started by larnie, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Hi everyone,
    Our primary school currently has Music Express as a scheme of work but the teachers don't like it and rarely use it. Can anyone recommend a good scheme of work which we could use (R-Y6 preferably) ?
    I have to present a staff meeting on it at the end of the month alongside a new music policy.
    Thank you!!!!
  2. Hi everyone,
    Our primary school currently has Music Express as a scheme of work but the teachers don't like it and rarely use it. Can anyone recommend a good scheme of work which we could use (R-Y6 preferably) ?
    I have to present a staff meeting on it at the end of the month alongside a new music policy.
    Thank you!!!!
  3. I'm a primary & secondary music specialist but I've always created my own schemes of work. I can't stand Music Express personally - the few times I've tried to use some of the ideas from the books, I've wasted so much time just trying to get my head around the concepts and lesson plans in the book, it's better off just putting your own ideas together based on the timings you like to work towards.
    Are there any music specialists in your school? I can send you some ideas for KS2 (I don't teach KS1) and a layout of the scheme of work I created, but it's by no means perfect!
    As long as a scheme of work shows the important aspects, such as lesson layout over the half term, resources needed, main objectives of the unit, what the children will be able to do by the end of the unit, and so on, then I don't think you need to stick to a ready-made scheme of work necessarily. I certainly don't, and I find it much easier!
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  4. jonowen

    jonowen Occasional commenter

    Ditto! I hope the teachers you are talking about who don't like Music Express are not classroom primary teachers who are not properly trained?
    Don't mean to be negative but so long as the cost-cutting exercise of "making do" with teachers who are "intersted but not trained" in music primary teachers is supported, primary teachers will be over worked, children will miss out and the overall standard of music in schools will drop even more.
    Any music teacher (properly trained!) worth their salt will have their own schemes of work - it all depends on the chemistry of each class and the strengths of each music teacher.
  5. Nataliegoharriz that would be brilliant and so helpful if you could send me that. My email is heffernan_mj@yahoo.co.uk Our Y5/6 teacher has never taught music as she recently joined our school and in her previous school they had a music specialist come in to teach music, so that would be great to show her your ideas and scheme of work layout. Many thanks :)

  6. jonowen,
    All of our teachers are non-specialists. We need something to follow, to base our plans on and to make sure we are covering all of the necessary requirements. Does your school get someone in to teach music to your classes?
  7. jonowen

    jonowen Occasional commenter

    Hi Larnie, I am a music teacher (secondary) and used to visit our 4 feeder primaries weekly. Due to cuts I am now only secondary (help out for special events like Christmas, Burns night, assemblies etc in my own time) and as our pupils come from the 4 feeder primaries I have noticed a real decline in the pupils' musical knowledge and confidence. This breaks my heart as the infants in particular are SO enthusiastic (as you will know!) plus I see a gradual decline and return to Music being an elite subject, with those who can afford private lessons being the mainstay of the music department again.
    The primary teachers in the feeders "do" music but they don't hide the fact that they don't do it well - who can blame them? I would not be happy or confident teaching maths or geography, not because I can't count or read a map but because I'm not up to speed with best methods to deliver these subjets effectively.
    I don't mean to be negative Larnie but do you see my concerns? Kids get enough bog-standard music on TV, DVDs, Wii games and deserve quality music tuition...........
  8. Hi Jonowen , I completely agree! My class of Y1/2 LOVE singing but of course the national curriculum wants us to do other things besides...
    We just need a starting point, resources to plan with/ and /or gather ideas for activities from etc. I'm guesing with the lack of responses to this post other teachers are feeling the same!??
  9. I just emailed you [​IMG]
  10. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    hello nataliegoharriz could I be cheeky and ask for a copy of your plans too. Thank you.
  11. Kimlouisedavies

    Kimlouisedavies New commenter

    I would be happy to send you the overview planning I have for our school. I am a Music specialist and teach all of the music now but class teachers used to teach it. Consequently, when Music Express came out a few years ago, many teachers breathed a sigh of relief! A bigger sigh was heard when PPA came in and the decision was made to cover Music during PPA time!
    But I do have some plans! They show the progression of skills and concepts through the year groups. Teachers are usually expected to do their own medium term and lesson plans though. That means the focus is on the individual class and their strengths/weaknesses.
    Email me: kdavies25.313@lgflmail.org

  12. brookey1970

    brookey1970 New commenter

    I may be missing the point, but aren't primary schools supposed to be taught by all-rounders rather than specialists? Indeed, are they _not_ specialists - in educating younger children? Primaries don't necessarily have specialists in Art, Science or PE (though I bet there are lots of those 'interested but not trained' in the latter). Primary teachers need to be empowered to deliver quality music lessons, not undermined by specialists from a different sector, peddling untruths that those who did not do a music degree and grade 27 piano have nothing to offer: this simply continues to foster the cycle of low confidence levels among non-specialists.
  13. As regards schemes of work, can I put in a word for Jolly Music (from Jolly Learning Ltd)? The lesson plans are written with the non-specialist in mind so they are very detailed and supportive. The work is done almost entirely through singing, with some use of unturned percussion, and the emphasis throughout is on building skills ? pitch discrimination, performing the pulse and the rhythm, ?inner hearing? and even reading and writing music (done in a very simplified way so not daunting for teachers who don?t read music).

    Currently it?s only available up till Year 3 but it is planned to go right up to Year 6.
  14. jonowen

    jonowen Occasional commenter

    I wasn't going to comment again as I do understand the dilemma that head teachers are in, but
    would anyone seriously consider teaching basic French, German or even English come to that, if they couldn't read the language? This is undermining Music teachers who studied for years with solo instrument lessons and then school and uni/college.
    (and that's my last word on this before I say something I'll regret [​IMG])
  15. jonowen

    jonowen Occasional commenter

    there was a bit missing from last post that went like this:
    .........why should Music teachers bother to do all that study if all primary music can be taught from a book (and a simplified one at that)?
    That IS my last comment.
  16. Hi - could I be supercheeky and ask for your planning as well, please? I need some help to structure everything and, I too, have found Music Express almost impossible. I'd really appreciate it as am currently in planning hell! Thanks.

    My email is hbrookes@virginmedia.com
  17. Kimlouisedavies

    Kimlouisedavies New commenter

    Regarding the specialist and non-specialist debate,
    I can only speak from my own point of view. I am only this by title two days a week. I have been at this school for nearly 10 years and when PPA was introduced, it was the subject that most teachers felt they would like covered.
    The HT deemed this a good use of time and I was asked, as a class teacher who enjoyed music, to take this role on. As someone who was coming back from maternity, this part time role suited me.
    It also suited the school because I knew how the school worked, all of the children, many year group topics, etc.
    I would be all for teachers learning to teach music well but when it comes down to it, they would rather teach Maths/English/Science/etc than have it covered by PPA.
    I That still makes me an all rounder - I do supply when I can, I teach a class each week to cover an NQT and I also teach 1 to 1 SEN for an afternoon.
    I am not the best teacher in the world but my value as a Music Teacher is good for all of these reasons. In my humble opinion anyway ...
  18. myrtle

    myrtle Occasional commenter

    I'm putting something together for our school & would love a look if you wouldn't mind sending! My email is netherlea 'at' hotmail.com - thank you!
  19. Just wondering if anyone using Jolly Music? I'm a non-specialist and the scheme I am using is too high pitched for the class and not explicit enough in its contents. Also just wondering if you can use Jolly Music Level 1 before Beginner, as myself and the Reception want to introduce it in September? We are the only Early Years teachers in our school! Both with 30 in our classroom, multigrade.
  20. Just to add a slightly different question. I want to do transition work with y5/6 this year and was wondering what would be a good idea/useful to teach. I was thinking songwriting but I'm not at all sure what level I could expect to achieve with this and I've never been in a primary school to teach!

    I will be chatting with the primary staff obviously but any initial ideas from people would be helpful. I really want to strike a balance between supporting the primaries, not insulting their intelligence and encouraging pupils to choose our secondary school as their first choice.

    Thanks, bel.
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