The aims and purpose of this NEW GCSE Music course is to enrich and extend curriculum perspectives by placing teaching music musically at the core of GCSE schemes of learning (also the KS3 curriculum where the knowledge and skills for GCSE are established and nurtured).
Rather than seeing a GCSE specification as something to “cover” or “get through”, this course will show how to use a specification as a springboard for creating a vibrant, fulfilling musical journey for all students, one which actively develops their musicianship in every lesson through integrating the components of listening, composing and performing in imaginative and meaningful ways.
Particular emphasis will be on how building performance skills through class lessons (rather than deputing this to peripatetic teachers) develops a strong community of musical learning, impacting directly on students’ approaches to appraising and composing. The course will also explore how, through making connections between set works / topics and composing / improvising tasks, students can ‘handle sound’ without fear and develop a love of exploring music that is new to them.
In addition, focus will also be on how teachers bring their own musicianship and musical expertise into the classroom, modelling musical behaviour and inspiring students to deepen their musical knowledge.
This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.
His chapter on curriculum music in the recent book What Should Schools Teach? was published in January 2021 and is available as an open access pdf from UCL Press. Simon is an experienced choral director, having led the Tiffin Boys’ Choir for 24 years, and is a Director of the Rodolfus Choral Courses.