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PPA/Music Teacher , Primary

Discussion in 'Music' started by olympia27, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Hello ,

    I am a secondary trained music teacher and I got a new job as a PPA Muisc Teacher in a primary schools. I am starting work in a few weeks , but I haven't had any information on my duties, guidelines on what I need to teach , books etc. Resources at school are limited , just a few percussion instruments, a piano ( but I am not a piano player ); I can play the guitar . If anybody can help me , I would really appreciate .
     
  2. Hello ,

    I am a secondary trained music teacher and I got a new job as a PPA Muisc Teacher in a primary schools. I am starting work in a few weeks , but I haven't had any information on my duties, guidelines on what I need to teach , books etc. Resources at school are limited , just a few percussion instruments, a piano ( but I am not a piano player ); I can play the guitar . If anybody can help me , I would really appreciate .
     
  3. v12

    v12

    What does PPA stand for?
    Oh dear.
    Salvation! Some songs - teach them some songs!

     
  4. bod99

    bod99 New commenter

    V12 PPA= Pushing Paper Around (or Planning Preparation and Assessment if you ask some people). It's the release time for primary class teachers.
    OLYMPIA27
    No need to be a piano player.
    Get on Sing Up and see what's on there for a start. Brilliant resource.
    Check if they have any schemes in the school. There might be Music Express (shudder) or LCP or summat. In any case you can look at the QCA units of work online which will show you what kind of thing you should be doing. There's also this "marvellous" thing called the National Curriculum which will give you some hints.
    How did you get the job if you don't know what you're doing? Just curious (and a little jaded possibly).
     
  5. jubilada

    jubilada New commenter

    I would try and get the school to buy some basic essential resources "in order to deliver the requirements of the curriculum" otherwise you will have to offer the children a restricted curriculum. If they refuse I suggest you bite the bullet and buy some for yourself - something I ended up doing in order to be able to get the satisfaction of doing a good job.
    www.singup is a fantastic songbank so that should be your first port of call.
    The NYCOS singing games and rhymes books (early years and middle years) are very good for developing good singing and teasching basic concepts, and require little in the way of resources.
    If you can get sufficient basic percussion instruments the books 3 Singing Pigs and 3 Rapping Rats are good. Pub AC Black
    What about trying to get some recorder or ukelele playing off the ground?
     
  6. I am also a Music Specialist in a primary school and teach during PPA time. You need to get in and get a feel for the kids. You will also need to have some sort of meeting with the HT to introduce you to the school format. Most schools will have some sort of notes they give supply teachers about each class and the school in general, so I suggest you ask for them. Maybe a staff handbook?
    Most of all, get in and have some fun singing and establish how YOU want the lessons to run. I took over from a teacher who just played games but because I was already teaching there, it made it a bit easier.
    You should also be given some planning in terms of schemes of work.
    Resources - Music Express is not great but will give you some ideas on where to start and will take the pressure off for your first couple of weeks.
    Kickstart Music - lots of small activities and each book focuses on a particular age phase in the school. AC Black again.
    Do they have wider opportunities? Maybe see what they have done so far.
    Contact me on kdavies25.313@lgflmail.org if you would like to ask more.
     

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