The programme attracts candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. Whatever your background, you will have a love of music and an enthusiasm for performance and a passion for conveying this to pupils and students.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Having an identity as a ‘musician in the classroom’, and the ability to aid creative music-making, is essential to a successful Music teacher. You will build on your existing skills as a musician and develop your subject knowledge in areas of weakness. You should be open to experiencing different styles and genres of music, and be prepared to broaden your musical horizon.
Topic and themes of the Music sessions are:
- Trip to Music and Drama Expo
- All things vocal
- Transition work and primary links
- Working with Technology
- Building Resources
- Practical conducting skills
- Outstanding Music Teaching
An important part of the course is learning to create a stimulating and caring environment. To help create such an environment, you need to be enthusiastic and lessons need to be well planned and related to the needs of pupils. They need to be conducted in a well-organised way with a positive approach to control. You will be able to prepare in advance for handling different situations, develop strategies for maintaining discipline and managing the learning in a practical musical environment.
Key models for the teaching of Music are analysed and different styles of teaching are explored. You will be encouraged to read widely and to employ Information and Communication Technology (ICT), role-play and audio-visual aids such as electronic whiteboards in the classroom.
These sessions are delivered by a Music Subject Expert in schools, therefore you are required to travel to Stafford for the delivery of these sessions.
To sum up, the course aims to help you become a competent, professional and, above all, creative teacher, capable of developing the imaginations and abilities of the young people with whom you have the privilege of working.