TeachTalk: Music – Debates in Music Education

Over the last few weeks we’ve been releasing papers for the ‘flipped conference’ style session planned for the Music Education Expo, curated by TeachTalk: Music. Debates in Music Education will be an unmissable opportunity to discuss current thinking in music education with some highly respected guest speakers.

All the papers are now available to download and absorb before the session, so the time can be devoted to the debate. In addition, shorter abstract versions are available below, and print copies will be available on the Rhinegold Education stand (E3) on Wednesday and Thursday.
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Learn to Play Day: 16th March 2013

On Saturday 16th March it’s Learn to Play Day, and lots of music shops around the country are offering free taster music lessons to people of any age. A whole range of instruments are available to try, and some famous musicians will be out there offering their advice and encouragement. This is a brilliant opportunity to find out if you should really be learning the trombone, or what it feels like to get behind a drum kit.

The Learn to Play website lists which shops are participating in this scheme and what’s going on in your area, or have a look here for events at your local Music Room store.

Product spotlight: Focus on Sound

Created specifically for schools by a former teacher and examiner, Focus on Sound offers two comprehensive reference resources which help teach and assess listening skills and musical knowledge. Fully hosted online, they can be accessed anywhere, including on tablets and smartphones, and provide a great resource for the classroom as well as homework and revision opportunities.

Instruments features an extensive range of classical, jazz, folk, rock, pop and world music instruments, all demonstrated with images, video and audio examples. Furthermore, it provides advice for students and parents on what might be an appropriate instrument for them to take up. Sound Words is aimed at developing the listening skills required to identify the main terms at GCSE and A level, and provides clear definitions which are illustrated with video, audio and musical examples.

Built-in testing and assessment of the instrument and terminology knowledge allows you to monitor the progress of your students’ understanding and indentify weaknesses.

Focus on Sound has recently joined the Music Sales family of companies, and works nicely alongside Rhinegold Education’s printed resources. We caught up with the product’s creator, Simon Foxall, to find out more…

What led you to devise Focus on Sound?

As a class teacher myself there never seemed to be enough time to assemble materials like recordings, videos, listening tests and music scores. I felt the need to have somewhere I could find all these things really quickly, then be able to demonstrate them on a whiteboard or large screen. Something that was really easy to use, that provided lots of teacher/student interaction, and that the students could follow up with later in the lesson or at home.

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