Creating a Musical School

Creating a Musical School

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This book looks at two years in the life of the UK's first Specialist Music College - the Northampton School for Girls - and sets the development of this school against what we know about other schools often described as 'musical'. The author also sets out a wider context of local and national developments in education, and challenges myths about musical children and the idea that some children never succeed in music. This book does not provide easy answers but, in an entertaining and thought-provoking way, challenges the reader to think hard about the issues surrounding music provision in schools and to reflect on and help develop their practice. Foreword by Howard more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193355884
  • 9780193355880
  • 794,895

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. What is a musical school? ; 2. Specialist Music Colleges and the context of music education in 2004-6 ; 3. The views of students, staff, and other stakeholders about music ; 4. The curriculum - background and theory ; 5. Improving motivation for music at Key Stage 3 (Sharon Green) ; 6. Music across the curriculum (Diana Pearman) ; 7. Extra-curriculur music and instrumental teaching ; 8. Using ICT and e-learning to develop musical skills and create positive attitudes ; 9. The community dimension of schools in the futureshow more

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This is an accessible and comprehensive book that covers a broad spectrum of issues, examined against the backdrop of government policy . . . Though it is largely a personal view of what makes a musical school, it is one that is likely to be shared by most music educators. Additionally, the book might be useful for those embarking on an Initial Teacher Education course as a way to reflect on their own experiences. * Kate Laurence, Psychology of Music 38(2) 2010 * One of the book's merits is the wide coverage of issues in music education . . . There really is something for everyone with an interest in music education . .. Every music teacher would benefit from the interesting and challenging ideas put forward regarding the nature of musical talent. * Bette Gray-Fow, Classroom Music, February 2010 *show more

About David Bray

David Bray has worked in primary, secondary, and special schools as a senior manager, class teacher, instrumental teacher, and conductor. He is also an Ofsted-trained inspector and was an LEA advisory teacher and examiner before taking up his current post as Education Adviser for Northamptonshire Local more

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