11-16 with post-16 enhancement
Cornwall SCITT: C79
Course Code: W3X1
Cornwall Teaching School: 19U
Course Code: 25VN
Music is a source of comfort and stimulation for all people. Every culture in the world has a unique and vibrant musical tradition, and music is incorporated into many human interactions, from formal ceremonies to informal social exchanges. Young people relate their identity to the music which they listen to and create. The role of a music teacher is to open the children’s minds to the value of music and set them on a journey to discover exactly how it can enhance their lives. Today we train our children to be prepared to move into the digital world where music continues to be at the centre of society and business.
The most important quality that all student teachers on our course possess is a genuine interest in music and the ability to share their passion and expertise with young people. Many graduates who consider teaching music hold a 2:1 degree or higher in Music. Other routes into teaching music include degrees in Music Technology, Sound Production and Sound Manipulation. Many trainees may have attended Music Conservatoires and may have graduated with degrees in performance and instrumental studies. Those with Grade 8 qualifications in one or more instruments who are also able to demonstrate a strong understanding of music theory, classical and popular music traditions will also be considered. The ability to accompany young learners at the piano is essential and intermediate keyboard skills expected to be developed if you do not already possess these skills. Some knowledge of the guitar, or the ability to accompany as a guitarist is also useful within the classroom.
Experience working with young people is always particularly beneficial, particularly experience in a UK comprehensive school observing and participating in Music lessons. During early observations it may be useful to look out for a few subject specific issues e.g. how teachers get all students involved in singing or how young people are engaged through questioning or similar. You will need a minimum of three days of school observation experience prior to interview and a minimum of ten days of school observation experience prior to starting the course.
As a Music SCITT trainee the subject specific sessions will focus not only issues related to teaching music in the classroom, planning lessons but also planning schemes of work over a period of weeks as well as constructing a complete curriculum for both KS3 and KS4. The use of data drives children’s education and during the Tuesday subject specific lessons the trainees will look at how the data held on the children is used create a curriculum that is relevant to the children in the lesson and promotes the children’s progress.
You will be given opportunity to work with the other trainees to examine techniques that will be useful in the classroom. These will include:
- ensemble work
- creative composition
- arranging music
- rehearsal and conducting techniques
All trainees will have reached this point in their training by a variety of paths. Some will have experienced a classical route whereas others may have had a much more practical hands-on approach to learning their craft. As part of the Music SCITT course you will have every opportunity to share your varied experiences and in the subject sessions you will be able to address any areas that you perceive to be needing assistance.
The course will also explore the following issues from a subject-specific perspective:
- Promoting good behaviour and a positive climate for learning
- Teaching and learning strategies and resources
- Techniques to support monitoring, assessing, recording and reporting pupil progress
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