Useful Resources

Useful online resources

The following websites have useful information and resources for those working in music education.

Art of Teaching
The Art of Teaching Project is a collaboration between MusicTeachers.co.uk and The Musicians' Union to promote excellent teaching in the field of music education. You can view a number of You Tube videos of experienced vocal and instrumental tutors teaching individuals.  There are also videos of Mark Taylor, director of Rhythmically Speaking, working with a primary school class.

Music Lessons Online 
This online music directory includes a selection of articles for music teachers.  See their article with advice on how to tell the difference between a genuine student enquiry and a scam.

The Tutor Pages - Essential tips for private tutors in the UK
If you are offering private tuition or responding to a 'tutor wanted' request, then it is worth looking at the advice on The Tutor Pages relating to personal safety when meeting potential students, parents or carers face-to-face for the first time.  There are also useful tips on staying safe online when advertising your tutoring services on the internet, including how to avoid identity theft and how to spot fraudulent email enquiries.

Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) 
The ISM is a professional body for musicians in the UK.  Their online advice & resources section provides information about the music profession, with various information for music teachers including:

Musicians' Union (MU) Teaching Section 
The Musicians' Union (MU) is a UK trade union for musicians. Their website has a teaching section with information, advice, and MU resources for members who teach.

Oxfam - Lesson plans about global music
These lesson plans celebrate music from across the globe.  Choose from 20 stand-alone lessons, offering opportunities for singing, performing, composing, improvising, listening, and appraising.  You can also explore rhythm, timbre, texture, structure, and pitch by using music from many cultures and countries.   The lessons have been created for ages 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, and 14-16.

Little Cellist   
A website designed for children learning the cello. With downloadable resources, videos, games and details of classes and workshops, the website has a range of materials presented in a fun and informative way. 

Prospects - Graduate Careers Website 
Occupational information about teaching roles:

Musical Futures 
Musical Futures is an approach to teaching and learning.  It is a new way of thinking about music making in schools that brings non-formal teaching and informal learning approaches into the more formal context of school.

Useful publications

The following publications are available to students at Trinity Laban in the Jerwood Library located within the King Charles Court building.

If you are a graduate of Trinity Laban, please click here for information about access to the Jerwood Library.

The Music Teacher's Companion: A Practical Guide
Paul Harris and Richard Crozier
Publisher:  Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Publication date:  2000
ISBN:  186096219X

  • A handbook for instrumental and singing teachers, relevant for working at home or in schools, full-time or part-time, teaching individuals or groups. 
  • Contains advice, information and pragmatic solutions to teaching problems. 
  • Deals with the quality of teaching and learning, such as monitoring achievement, motivation and progress. 
  • Contains forms for lesson plans, pupil profiles, termly overviews and attendance registers.

The Music Teacher's Handbook: the complete resource for all instrumental and singing teachers
Publisher: Faber Music
Publication date: 2005
ISBN: 0571523307
A guide for instrumental and singing teachers of all types and all levels of experience.  Includes:

  • advice about the best way to get a beginner started;
  • a guide to planning lessons;
  • advice about health and safety;
  • information about the psychology of teaching one-to-one and in groups.

All Together! teaching music in groups
Publisher: Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music         
Publication date: 2004
ISBN: 1860963986
A resource for instrumental and singing teachers who teach pupils in groups:

  • discusses various approaches to group work; 
  • deals with issues such as group dynamics, lesson planning, monitoring progress, maintaining motivation and teaching mixed ability classes; 
  • examines links between instrumental lessons and the school curriculum; 
  • provides advice about liaison with schools and other administrative bodies.

Music Psychology in Education
Publisher:     The Institute of Education, University of London
Publication date: 2006
ISBN: 0854737162
Addresses the psychological underpinnings of all elements of music education.

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