A Practical Guide to Teaching Music in the Secondary School

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A Practical Guide to Teaching Music in the Secondary School provides valuable support, guidance and creative ideas for student teachers, mentors and practising teachers who want to develop their music teaching. Written to accompany the successful textbook Learning to Teach Music in the Secondary School, it will help you understand important current developments and explore new possibilities for teaching and learning.

Focusing on teaching music musically, the book explores musical learning through placing pupils at the centre of a musical experience. Considering the revised KS3 curriculum and the 14--19 agenda in music, it also seeks to broaden the perspectives of music teachers through engaging with collaborative practice, transitions and cross-curricular work. Key issues explored include:​
  • personalising musical learning​
  • teaching creatively and promoting creativity​
  • approaches to using ICT in the classroom​
  • musical collaboration with other adults​
  • assessment for learning in music​
  • making connections with other subjects.​
Using practical examples and tasks, this book will help you critically examine the way in which children learn music. It is an invaluable resource for those involved in teaching music who are seeking to develop their practical and theoretical understanding.


Figure 2.2 The sunken cathedral reproduced with the kind permission of E. Hayward. Figure 5.2 Singing as embedded in all musical activities. Music technology picture: Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Bass guitar picture: Photo by Oleg Ivanov on Unsplash Trumpeter picture: Pupil Playing Trumpet в школе Оркестр Group dance: Photo by Yan Berthemy on Unsplash Figure 5.5 Stripsody File:Stripsody.png - Wikimedia Commons Chapter 6 Vignette 3 used with the kind permission of Nick Hughes. Figure 6.3 Cave of Luminous Mind and quotation used with the kind permission of Param Vir. Figure 6.4 Processes of composing used with the kind permission of Louise Hayward. Figure 7.1 A school folk band give a presentational performance in a major concert hall (left) and engage in participatory performance as passers-by clap, dance and play along (right) used with the kind permission of Gill Booker, Highworth School Folk Band. Figure 7.3 A school folk band play for a community ceilidh used with the kind permission of Gill Booker, Ashford Folk Dance Club. Figure 8.1 Peterborough Cathedral: West Front: https://commons.wikimedia. org/wiki/File:The_west_front_of_Peterborough_Cathedral_-_geograph.org. uk_-_1304087.jpg Figure 8.2 A view on Dungeness Beach used with the kind permission of Robert Jarvis.​
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