Previous Posts

  • 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 ...

  • Bristol Plays Music Assessment Conference Sunday February 22nd, 2015

    In the last half term we were lucky to have Dr Fautley come to speak to music teachers in the local area about assessment. While there are further notes on the session, here I am going to put into words the headlines I took away. I am happy to email more precise notes to anyone ...

  • Assessment at Key Stage 3 in My Music Classroom Sunday November 23rd, 2014

    For years I have given my students levels in my music classroom and for each musical project an assessment criteria which forms the basis of AFL in my lessons. I then use this for final assessments and to moderate work. I have always strived to keep music at the centre of this process and I ...

  • We are still singing! Sunday October 19th, 2014

    As I blogged in my first post I have been on a mission this term to give singing more prominence in my lessons. I am in the fortunate position of having two 50 minute curriculum lessons with my key stage 3 classes so have enjoyed doing at least 30 minutes singing a week with each. ...

  • Art is never finished, only abandoned (Da Vinci) Sunday October 12th, 2014

    So following my last post I have been trying to develop more awareness and confidence in my students that they are composing effectively in my classroom and that there is no ‘right answer’ that I am looking for.

    I usually start year 10 with a single composition as a kind of baseline assessment, but after reading ...