TS3: Music and Drama Training

In the morning, the training was focussed on music. This was really useful because I was nervous about teaching music as I do not teach any at school currently. The children in my class have ukulele lessons from a teacher brought into school once a week. But other than that we do not teach any other music lessons. We started by looking at the different ways we can teach music in the primary classroom. This included composing, performing, listening and appraising. The teacher talked about the importance of all for components of music teaching. This was really helpful as I was not aware of the different ways we can teach music rather than just playing with instruments for an hour. TS3 – demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in the subject and curriculum areas, and promote the value of scholarship. I feel I have a better understanding on the current ideas surrounding music teaching in the primary classroom and how I can teach myself.

As well as this, we looked at some examples of good lessons to help motivate and excite pupils about learning music. The first thing we looked at was chair drumming. This was a great lesson and I think I will use this in my teaching career because it’s so simple but so effective! TS3 – to foster and maintain pupils’ interest in the subject. Also, we looked at composing music and the ways we can create easy pieces of music by giving children a focus i.e. tempo, structure, dynamics e.t.c.

Then, we had some training looking at drama in the primary curriculum. Drama is not a subject in its own right in the primary curriculum. However, drama can come into all aspects of the primary classroom. In particular, we looked at how we can do this in literacy lessons by getting children to learn actively rather than just reading and writing all the time. I learnt many techniques to include drama in literacy including; how to teach freeze frames, a conscience alley and thought bubbles. TS3 – have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject and curriculum areas. I feel I do have a much better understanding of the ways I can teach drama in literacy to engage and motivate pupils.

I thought this training was really useful for my teaching practise as I feel much more confident in delivering music lessons to my class. My subject knowledge is much improved and I have come away with lots of fun and engaging ideas to use in the classroom. As well as this, I have discovered how to use drama to motivate children in literacy lessons so they get the most out of a lesson.

Focused next steps to impact on your progress or the progress of the children in your care:

  • Use some of the music lesson ideas I have learnt
  • To try and incorporate some active learning and drama in literacy lessons.