A new report published by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance highlights the challenges still faced by Key Stage 3 music teachers and proposes how to bring about positive change.
Empowering Music Teachers shares learning from Teach Through Music - a year-long professional development programme for Key Stage 3 music teachers supported by the London Schools Excellence Fund – and draws on an independent evaluation by Professor Martin Fautley of Birmingham City University. The report finds that professional isolation is endemic amongst music specialist teachers, many of whom have limited opportunities to talk with other music specialists on a day to day basis.
Teach Through Music tested whether involvement in a ‘community of practice’, connecting music teachers to colleagues in other schools, could bring about positive impacts in the classroom. The result was that teachers rapidly made changes to their teaching and reported feeling empowered to further develop their teaching in the longer term.
In her introduction to the report, Andrea Spain – Project Director for Teach Through Music and Assistant Director of Music at Trinity Laban –comments that:
“The idea that musical learning should come about through doing music is not new, and yet Ofsted still find that there is too little active music-making taking place in school classrooms, and too much talking about music instead. Teach Through Music set out to explore why this problem is proving so intransigent and how teachers can be supported to develop more musical teaching.”
Andrea has been sharing the outcomes of the report at a number of events, including presenting a panel discussion at the Music Education Expo 2016 in February. The report will also be profiled at the forthcoming London Mayor's Music Education Summit on the 22 March 2016, where Martin Fautley will also be involved in a panel discussion. To book your free place, please visit the website.
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