Back in October, this year’s cohort of secondary music teachers met for the first time, as they embarked on their Masters in Teaching and Learning. Drawing on the findings of the original Listen Imagine Compose action research projects, this course is accredited by Birmingham City University and delivered jointly by the Listen Imagine Compose team with input from academics, composers and musicians.
So far, the teachers have taken part in two intensive days of workshops, lectures and discussions. Sessions have included discussing the role of notation at KS3 and KS4, how to help pupils develop their musical ideas and learning about questioning techniques that encourage musical learning and higher order thinking skills.
The teachers on the course have varied musical backgrounds and school environments, and each one is being encouraged to think about what works for them, teaching their pupils in their schools. As the year progresses, teachers will reflect on their practice in the classroom and investigate new approaches to the issues they face.
Last year’s cohort investigated topics as diverse as assessment, helping pupils be more independent and creative composers, and developing flexible models that support pupils’ creative processes. This year’s topics are still under development but promise to be equally wide-ranging and relevant!
The work of teachers from previous years will be added to the current resources section of this site.
We are always interested to hear from anyone interested in doing the Listen Imagine Compose Masters in Teaching and Learning.
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