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Making Music in the Primary School

Whole Class Instrumental and Vocal Teaching, 1st Edition

Edited by Nick Beach, Julie Evans, Gary Spruce


156 pages

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Making Music in the Primary School is an essential guide for all student and practising primary school teachers, instrumental teachers and community musicians involved in music with children. It explores teaching and learning music with the whole class and provides a framework for successful musical experiences with large groups of children.

Striking the perfect balance between theory and practice, this invaluable text includes case studies and exemplars, carefully designed activities to try out in the classroom, as well as a range of tried-and-tested teaching strategies to help you support and develop children’s musical experience in the classroom.

Grounded within a practical, philosophical and theoretical framework, the book is structured around the four key principles that underpin effective music teaching and experience:

  • Integration – how can we join up children’s musical experiences?
  • Creativity – how can we support children’s musical exploration?
  • Access and Inclusion – how can we provide a relevant experience for every child?
  • Collaboration – how might we work together to achieve these aims?

Written in a clear, accessible and engaging style, Making Music in the Primary School will give you all the confidence you need when working with whole classes, whatever your musical or teaching background.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables Contributors Foreword Margaret Griffiths Introduction Part 1: Setting the context 1. How did we get here? The historical and social context of whole class instrumental and vocal teaching Julie Evans 2. The Contemporary context of whole class instrumental and vocal teaching Julie Evans Part 2: Access and Inclusion: Setting the Scene Gary Spruce 3. The developing musician Lis McCullough 4. Promoting an inclusive music Carolyn Cooke 5. Musical styles, genres and traditions: Creating a global musical heritage Katherine Zeserson 6. Including those with special educational needs: ‘Whole’ class instrumental and vocal teaching Sally Zimmerman Part 3: Integration: Setting the Scene Gary Spruce 7. Adopting an integrated approach to musical learning in whole class instrumental and vocal lessons Francesca Matthews 8. An integrated approach to whole class vocal work Vanessa Young 9. An integrated approach to music in the curriculum Chris Harrison Part 4: Creativity: Setting the Scene Nick Beach 10. The creative process Medeleine Casson 11. Creativity and instrumental skills development Nick Beach 12. Realising creative development Philippa Bunting Part 5: Collaboration: Setting the Scene Julie Evans 13. Collaborative music teaching and learning with partners beyond the school Tim Palmer with Julie Evans and Gary Spruce 14. A collaborative approach to planning, teaching and learning Rita Burt Part 6: Assessing, Evaluating and Reflecting 15. Assessing, evaluating and reflecting Chris Philpott

About the Editors

Nick Beach is Deputy Director of Performing and Creative Arts, Trinity College London, UK

Julie Evans is 7-14 and 11-18 PGCE Music Course Leader, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Gary Spruce is Senior Lecturer in Education with responsibility for Music ITT, The Open University, UK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General