Previous Posts

  • Planning During a Pandemic: Part Two Monday May 11th, 2020

    The last time I posted I was hugely overwhelmed by the recent lockdown and scrabbling about trying to find a personal and profession pattern to live by. As Twitter buzzes with opinions on lifting restrictions, I have been thinking about how things have progressed since then so here are a few thoughts.

    I know I am in ...

  • Planning during a Pandemic Thursday March 26th, 2020

    Writing a blog post is probably the last thing I ‘should’ be doing right now. In the midst of being locked down at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic I have been juggling setting work, trying to support students remotely, get to grips with new resources and apps. All around having a 3 year old ...

  • Key Stage 3 Music Curriculum Planning Saturday March 07th, 2020

    This year, like many schools we have been part of a real focus on curriculum planning within our departments. Planning a curriculum has always been something I have enjoyed, thinking about the students I teach and crafting a curriculum to inspire them and progress their musicianship. There are so many examples out there, ...

  • My Music Classroom 2020 Saturday February 29th, 2020

    It is now the end of February 2020 and I am very aware that it has been a long time since I last blogged here. Like many I have been meaning to so many times, but taking the first step back into it has been harder than I thought. Time has been one ...

  • A reflection on my summer resolutions 2014 Thursday August 06th, 2015

    This time last year I wrote my first ever blog post and came up with some resolutions for the new academic year as inspired by #mufuchat. You can read it here.

    1. To keep singing at the heart of my classroom

    I definitely kept putting singing first this year, although there is still work to do. ...

  • Life without tables – one year on Friday July 31st, 2015

    A tweet came up in my Timehop today that read ‘I’m bored and ready for a change in my classroom layout, but am I brave enough to ditch the tables?’. Turns out I was and my first class in September arrived to a very large space with all the instruments set up ready to play ...

  • #summer10 Tuesday July 28th, 2015

    I have seen a few other educators doing their #summer10 plans for the holidays so thought I’d share my own to kick start the break.

    Rest – First on my agenda is making some time to rest. After and exhausting summer term that seemed to be relentlessly busy I am looking forward to drinking hot cups of tea, ...

  • Read and Respond Feedback in Music Saturday March 21st, 2015

    I spoke briefly my schools Heads of Subject meeting briefly this week to showcase how we are now trying to give feedback in the music department. Thought I’d share what we are doing here as well.

    There is a huge sense of pressure on teachers at the moment to provide meaningful feedback to our students that promotes ...

  • Aiming for full marks Saturday March 07th, 2015

    I always find this term hard going. Coursework deadlines for GCSE and A Level are imminent and I am wondering how on earth we are going to get everything in. But we will, despite the crazily busy lunchtimes in the computer room and last minute copying of scores and accompaniment parts, we will get there.

    But ...

  • Musical process, not outcome Sunday February 22nd, 2015

    Following on discussions and thoughts after the Assessment Conference I have been thinking a lot about the way I use assessment for learning. I can be incredibly guilty of assessing student work studiously and in great detail at the end of a project. I do not use recordings and videos enough ...