TeachTalk: Music’s Debates in Education – Chris Philpott

As we announced in our recent Expo news article, we are proud to be supporting TeachTalk: Music, who are curating an unmissable session at the forthcoming Music Education Expo.

Debates in Music Education, chaired by David Ashworth, will be on Thursday 21st March, 1.30-3.30pm in the TeachMeet Lounge, and will feature four key speakers: John Finney, Robert Bunting, Chris Philpott and Gary Spruce. In the style of the ‘flipped conference’, TeachTalk: Music are releasing papers by each speaker in advance so that the session can be devoted to as much discussion as possible.

The first paper by Chris Philpott has been released – download it here, and find the abstract below.

“This paper will explore the role of assessment in the self directed learning (SDL) of pupils, a theme that is relatively underexposed in the literature and support for school practice. It would be fair to say that self directed learning presents many challenges to current assessment practices, which are not easily adaptable to SDL, rendering the relationship highly problematic. more weight to pupil self-assessment and peer assessment.

While new models of assessment for new ‘pedagogies’ await further development, it is most likely that teachers will default to what Fautley calls ‘bolt on accessories’, instead of being reconfigured afresh’ (2010: 202). For the assessment of self directed learning critical questions surround whose music? Whose learning objectives? Whose criteria? Whose intervention? Whose targets? Whose outcomes? Whose assessment?”

Rhinegold Education at the Music Education Expo

We’re really looking forward to the forthcoming Music Education Expo on 20/21 March – we hear that over 1600 delegates have already signed up to attend which is amazing. If you’ve not signed up yet, take a look at what’s on offer here – don’t forget it’s free to register.

We’ll be exhibiting on Stand E3 with a complete range of our books for you to browse. We love speaking to teachers about our publications and what we’re missing! That’s why it’s so exciting to us that around 30% of the delegates who have already signed up are classroom teachers. (We also just like chatting so do come and say hello!)
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Interview: Novello

Choral music is experiencing a renaissance in the UK thanks to high-profile news stories such as Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir and the Military Wives choir whose single ‘Wherever You Are’ took the coveted Christmas number 1 spot last year. Christmas is of course the time of year when choral music comes into its own, but it’s likely you’ll only come across a tiny, over-played number of the huge range of Christmas carols available. Renowned choral publisher Novello offers a wealth of material for Christmas singers across traditional and popular genres, so we caught up with Choral Editor Jonathan Wikeley to ask what else choirs tiring of ‘Away in a Manger’ could try their hand at.
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