Go to resource: Assessment for Learning has been developed by the Curriculum Corporation, and is a site that provides support for designing assessment tasks. The site includes state/territory links to assessment resources via subject headings, including the Arts. There are also links to professional learning and research about assessment.
Go to resource: Auralia is a comprehensive ear-training software package, published by Sibelius. It consists of step-by-step lessons, levels, and tests. Answers can be recorded/sung or played using a MIDI keyboard. It is suitable for all ages.
Go to resource: The Australian Curriculum Corporation is a one-stop site that provides online links to all Australian curricula. The Curriculum Corporation, a partnership of all Australian Education Ministers, provides resources that add to student learning experiences across Australia. The site also has links to publications and sites that are suitable resources for teachers.
Go to resource: The Curriculum Framework Learning Statement for the Arts is published by the Curriculum Council of WA, 1998. It covers the reasoning for the Kindergarten to Year 12 Arts framework, which includes dance, drama, media, music, and visual arts. There are four outcomes that the framework is built around: arts ideas; arts skills and processes; arts responses; arts in society. The scope of the curriculum is explained, including processes, elements, skills, and types of learning experiences. Phases of learning and development are outlined. Other information including assessment, links with the curriculum goals and other subjects, is also given.
Each of the Arts has a number of units designed to complement the National Curriculum. Scroll to the bottom and choose “Music”!
Go to resource: Integrating the arts: twelve school-based experiences, published by the Department for Education and Children’s Services, SA, 1997, gives twelve case best-practice case studies for the teaching of the arts in schools. The publication is relevant to teachers of Early Childhood (Reception) through to secondary school (Year 10).
The 2011 (free) Teaching Kit for “We’ve Got the Music” just went online. It features free lesson ideas and teaching resources for Primary and Middle School classes, as well as brilliant ideas for inclusion and special needs. It is designed for generalist classroom teachers and music teachers alike.
All feedback welcome. Bring on 1st September 2011!!
If you haven’t signed up, please do, then you’ll be able to view the Teaching Kit.
MusicTime! Great Classroom Ideas for Years 5 – 8
Presented by Dr Ros McMillan
Want to finish Semester 1 fired with enthusiasm for Term 3? This workshop, designed for teachers of students in Years 5 – 8, will provide participants with a wealth of ideas for units of work as well as one-off activities that will appeal to students from upper primary to junior secondary.
This is not an easy group to cater for as many Year 7s will experience music for the first – and last! – time in their lives in this school year, while Year 8 students can be one of the most difficult age-groups to engage in music-making of any kind. Upper primary school students, too, are not always the amenable students of earlier years, with most of them having strong views on what makes music as a school subject ‘good’.
Thus, Year 5 – 8 teachers face the difficult task of planning a curriculum that is enjoyable and relevant for their students as well as fulfilling to teach. At the same time they may be required to provide music classes for a one-year, or even one-semester, subject that their school administration believes is all that students need to continue the study of music in later school years.
Working with typical classroom resources, participants at this workshop will be assisted to plan stimulating and rewarding lessons for students of all abilities. Through a variety of hands-on activities, teachers will be shown how to fulfil the requirements of the new Australian Curriculum, one in which a rich, creative and coherent curriculum is at the centre.
Friday 24 June
9.30am – 3.30pm
Statewide Resources Centre
150 Palmerston Street, Carlton
Melway reference — Map 2B:H6
Lunch is provided
Ros McMillan has been teaching and researching music education for almost 50 years, including 20 years at the University of Melbourne where she was Senior Lecturer then Head of Music Education, and 13 years as Director of Music at the PresbyterianLadies’ College, Melbourne. For the last decade she has been writing music workbooks for teachers and students with over 10,000 students using her books. Ros is a keyboard player, specialising in improvisation.
www.musicatschool.co.uk is a free website of Secondary Music teaching ideas, lesson plans and worksheets from UK Music teachers.
For example, here is a worksheet for Year 7’s learning about how orchestral players are seated:
http://australianmusiceducators.ning.com/ is an Australian discussion forum for music educators. It was set up with the intent of discussing ideas on classroom band programs, but it really is a forum for discussion on any aspect of Australian music teaching from P-12. At present there is a small group of members, but I am hoping to build it up and draw on a wide range of professional knowledge and experience.
This group is completely FREE (in a monetary sense, not a moral or metaphysical sense).
Please come along and check it out. The page is run as a ning, which is basically a social network with a particular focus. It is great for online discussion, linking of video and photo and has facility for you to blog. All you need to do is create an account.
Try giving groups of students ‘big questions’ or composition tasks or performance challenges (eg. Battle of the Bands) and lots of space to self-direct with access to the internet … and see what they come up with. Some ideas HERE and HERE.
Go to resource: Spotlight on assessment in music education (USA) was published by MENC in 2001.
This volume contains articles examining different styles and applications of assessment for various musical activities and student age groups.
TeachersNetwork.org – an excellent website (by US teachers for teachers) with free lesson plans. Most lessons require computers as a resource or tool for quality Music lessons – from Bach to Rap! Some lessons include rubrics for assessment.
Go to resource: TES Connect collates free teacher-created resources from UK. This link is for Secondary Music resources and links. You will need to sign up to view resources – signing up is free and simple.
Go to resource: The Arts Assessment Map provides student work samples that are at different levels of achievement.
The site is published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to support implementation of VELS.
Use GarageBand or other music software to create fun music exams for secondary students. This site provides a free example of a Year 10 Music exam.