Music in the Primary School

Music in the Primary School

by Janet Mills


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Music in the Primary School by Janet Mills

This new edition of Music in the Primary School, a standard handbook for many years, was completed by the author in 2007. It contains new research, with the same practical application (for musicians and non-specialists alike), and takes into account requirements of the UK's national curriculum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780193364950
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 08/06/2009
Series: Oxford Music Education Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dr Janet Mills (1954-2007) was one of the most significant figures in music education. She was Research Fellow at the Royal College of Music, and is the author of Music in the School (OUP, 2005) and Instrumental Teaching (OUP, 2007).

Table of Contents

List of photographs, figures, and table xv

Copyright acknowledgements xvi

List of abbreviations xvii

1 Primary teachers and music 1

Music in primary schools 1

Primary music teachers 3

Towards music teaching 7

Part I Starting Points for Musical Activity 9

2 Music games 11

Classroom music games 13

Traditional games 18

Music games with borrowed structures 20

3 Composing 23

What is composing? 23

Composing in school 23

Getting started 25

Materials 1: classroom percussion instruments 27

Materials 2: other resources 29

Planning composing: the need for experiment 32

A composing lesson 33

Stimulus 38

Choice of materials 44

Responding to composing 46

Notation 48

Facilities for music 50

4 Performing 52

Starting singing with children 53

Choosing songs 55

Teaching songs 58

Developing singing 62

Writing songs for children 64

Voices and instruments 65

What about staff notation? 69

Responding to performing 71

Performing for an audience 72

5 Listening 74

Listening versus hearing 74

Listening across the curriculum 75

The child as listener 77

Choosing music 78

An environment for listening 81

Purposeful listening 82

Listening throughout music 82

Part II Developing A Framework 85

6 Musical development during the primary years 87

Musical development before starting school 87

Musical development at school 91

Research and enquiry in musical development 94

Children as perceivers 95

Children musicians 99

Children's development as song composers 103

Singing in tune 104

7 Planning curriculum music 107

To what extent should we plan music? 108

What is curriculum music for? 108

What music should weteach? 109

Who are we teaching? 112

Summary 116

Planning a lesson 116

Planning on a larger scale 123

Finding a feasible approach to curriculum planning 123

Balancing the curriculum 124

Meaningful progression 124

Meaningful assessment 127

Implementing a curriculum plan 128

8 Music within the curriculum 130

Music in topic work 131

Working between subjects 135

Music within science 136

Music as a learning medium 139

9 Music within the primary school 145

School music 145

Extension music 147

Instrument teaching 149

School music and secondary teachers 161

A school staff for music 162

Further reading 164

References 165

Index 169

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