On 17th November, I conducted Sonic Pi training for a KS1 and KS2 staff. It was explained how Sonic Pi incorporates both Music and ICT as part of a cross curricular lesson. The staff also got the chance to play on the programme themselves, so they knew how it looked and worked. The staff seemed to enjoy playing ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ and I had great fun too. I also asked staff to complete an evaluation form. I asked for feedback in the form of Debono’s thinking hats – Yellow hat (positive) and Black hat (Improvement). I asked for their thoughts about the training I gave and any improvements they could think of for myself, so I could improve this for the next time I deliver any training. The results were great and all staff enjoyed the task, but would have liked more time to play on the programme. This is something that I will keep in mind for the future.
I recently went to a Music Educators Group meeting, as part of my first introduction to my new role as Music coordinator.
It was very interesting and insightful to meet Music leaders from others schools and draw on their years of experience in the role at their school. I also got to meet the leaders of Muse and the Forests Arts department. I got a full understanding of what Forest Arts provides to our school and to all the schools around Walsall.
During the meeting I got to see a version of a Music policy and assessment, which I will draw upon when making our schools.
A very interesting piece of information was the pupil voice, whereby, we ask the children for feedback on the music lessons and gan knowledge on what they would like to see more of in school regarding music. It’s away of catering our lessons to what the children want, as well as their needs.
One of the programmes that we were shown was called Sonic Pi. This is a coding programme, which incorporates parts of Maths, ICT Coding, as well as Music.
The children will have the chance to follow codes, which when played altogether becomes music. As part of the new National Curriculum within ICT, the children need to understand coding by gaining knowledge on; how it works, how to debug and how to create something from a code. The programme does all of these – It is great fun!
The aim is for KS2 staff to become familiar with this and to teach the children how to use it. In the near future I will lead a Sonic Pi twilight training for all staff.
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