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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Monkton Senior School's Director of Music George Bevan introduces his blog

Over the course of the last few months I have been thinking about how I might make more clear the vision of the music department at Monkton Senior School. Stage one was to come up with a strap line that encapsulates that vision: music@monkton – enabling every pupil to find their own voice. In addition, I have highlighted five ‘E’s which between them give an idea of what outstanding instrumental teaching might look like: Engage, Enthuse, develop an Enquiring mind, Equip and Empower. My hope is that this language might help us all – teachers, pupils and parents – to think more carefully about what we are aiming towards in our music lessons; and yes, that does involve parents!

From time to time parents ask me how they might help their children to practise, and although I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, these requests have led to further articles on what is, for many parents, a sensitive subject! With other posts on the thinking behind The Choir who can’t Sing, my blog seems to have grown into quite a sizeable number of short articles on and around the subject of teaching and learning music. Currently this is particularly centred on instrumental and singing lessons, but in time I hope that things will expand to cover all aspects of music teaching and learning.

If you are interested in reading more, please follow this link to my blog, music@monkton - and do feel free to comment on any of the articles.

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