Is primary the place for innovation in music?
Once in a while, something relatively small can pull together some previously diverse thoughts and put your thinking into a new context. Last week, I had one of those moments as a result of a tweet. At 140 characters, tweets are pretty small but this one only needed 125 to get me thinking about primary being a great space for innovation in music education. Here’s the tweet, posted by LJ Radick:
The more I learn about secondary whole school systems, the more I feel primary is where we can act – because we have freedom.
— LJ radick (@LjRadick) April 23, 2015
Of the threads that this pulled together for me, a few of them were:
- The finding in my recent assessment reporting survey, which suggested that primary school teachers don’t have to report levels for music
- Half of schools needing to spend time on written work in music lessons
- Never having been fully satisfied with my work in transition
- The upcoming #mufuchat on support for music in primary schools
- Conversations with Anna Gower about what a primary school version of Musical Futures could look like
- The lesson plans posted by Jackie Schneider on her blog
Pulling at strands
- Go with methods that they are confident will produce predictable results
- Try something innovative in the hope that it will improve results