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Prep school music - moving round school rather than using Music Room

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Solo-Cat, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. Solo-Cat

    Solo-Cat New commenter

    Hi All,

    We have made the decision that at present specialist teachers should move around the school rather than the children coming to the music room.
    Year 1 are using individual glockenspiels, Year 2 & 3 their own ukuleles, and key 4 small keyboards which they purchased so that each child is using their own instruments. We are doing lots of socially distanced singing, and fun theory activities including on-line games and theory packages.

    The upper school are doing some composition activities, theory and singing.

    However, I feel that my lessons are not nearly as interesting and exciting as they normally are. No class instruments, no Samba band, no orchestra, no rockbands, no choirs. Too much teacher input, and not enough child centred composition activities. Not enough computers to carry on the on-line composition and recording activities we managed during lockdown.

    Any suggestions gratefully received.
  2. bessiesmith2

    bessiesmith2 New commenter

    I would re-post under 'music'.
  3. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Senior commenter

    nobody's lessons are as interesting and exciting as normal. I am very surprised you are allowed to do any singing, socially distanced or not. Complete ban in all places that I am aware of
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  4. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    Socially distanced singing outdoors is allowed at my friend's school. Try some Rhythm games, music quizzes, and lots of music history activities. Music is essentially a practical subject but all those lovely practical activities will have to be put on hold for a while. Are you on Facebook? The primary schools music teacher group has lots of ideas.
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    We are doing the same thing in our prep
    It's soooo horrible when you know you aren't giving your class the best they could have, but that's how life is at the moment. What you are doing sounds amazing and many schools would be thrilled to have similar.

    Outside or socially distanced singing is the 'in thing' apparently.
    We are doing it too in varying groups.
    The latest guidance is very clear that it is fine to sing and use brass/wind instruments. It gives ways to make it safer, but it is definitely allowed and in the younger years is to be encouraged.
  6. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    If you're allowed to use any instruments, you're pretty lucky at the moment. I'd carry on making the best of what you are able to do. The children probably don't really know you're doing anything you wouldn't usually, so it's only an issue if you tell them what you'd rather be doing.

    Re extra curricular, you might be able to do some groups in due course if you aren't mixing their bubbles. I worry that children and teachers will get out of the habit of doing anything extra curricular, but it's a worry we may have to live with for a while. You may be able to do class samba if children keep the same instrument throughout the lesson.
  7. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    Ps. The Facebook group Primary school music teachers might be useful to you, as there are lots of discussions on these topics at the moment.

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