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Music in the Classroom is a modern, informative and resource rich online course. This is the second year for EPV Approved Music in the Classroom to be offered by Mayo Education Centre. All strands of the curriculum are covered with a huge amount of practical resources available to be saved by each participant. Online resources include website links, Smartboard programmes and other useful, easy-to-use software for the classroom.
Feedback from last year was hugely positive. Participants commented positively on the format of the course which is mainly video and voice over with previews of video clips of ICT resources. This gives participants a good idea if they would be likely to use that resource in their classroom or follow a link to watch the full video.
The course has been updated for summer 2017. The composing strand has been updated with further resources. Music and mindfulness was a very popular topic in the online forum in 2016 so this part of the course has been extended as it seemed to be of great interest to many teachers.
If you have any questions or queries about the course I would be happy to answer them. Reviews from teachers last year can be found on the previous blogpost.
Click the button below to go to Mayo Education Centre online course bookings page and Find the course on Facebook for reviews and comments about the course!
Teacher Testimonials, Summer 2016
Ita Monaghan, Raheen, Co Limerick
"Thank you for a most informative course and for providing such a rich supply of material and resources. It was one of the most impressive online courses I have done.
I'm hoping to do a lot of work in the area of music education this year."
Linda Marshall, Naas, Co Kildare
"Great course. Rebecca really knows her stuff. I play music myself and have done a good few courses over the years in Ireland and the UK, but this one was definitely the best."
Sandra de Lacy, Castlebar, Co Mayo
"This course, in a refreshing way, has given the Music in the Primary School a breath of life. It is focused on the main aspects of the music curriculum- listening and responding, performing, song singing, composition, music literacy and graphic representation etc, but it does so in a modern way. Through the use of ICT resources from around the world and virtual videos it brings the broader world of music alive in an Irish Classroom."
Discussion in the online forum has included:
I am glad to announce the course will return for summer 2017!
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This morning 24 boys in 3rd Form completed their first Royal Irish Academy of Music Cara Award. The boys all did very well. The RIAM examiner, John Kavanagh, was very impressed and mentioned he could see the great practice alot of the boys did for the Award.
Aswell as playing violin solo and in a group Mr Kavanagh tested their aural skills by clapping a rhythm and singing a short melody which had to be repeated back by each boy individually. It was quite evident that the boys have a solid musical background from participating in violin, singing in the school choir or participating in music lessons with their teacher, Ms Ryan.
Céim 1 is equivalent to RIAM Preliminary Violin Exam
Céim 2 is equivalent to RIAM Primary/Grade 1 Exam.
The benefit of taking part in the Cara Awards is for students to experience an exam situation along with their friends, which sets a more relaxed tone. It is a stepping stone towards Graded examinations if the student feels he would like to pursue the instrument.
Certificates and feedback for each boy will arrive to the school in the next two to three weeks!
Well done again!
Your Violin Teacher,
SOME FAMOUS PIECES:
Listening and Responding with your class:
More Info and Activities on Beethoven!
Link to further information about Beethoven's life. Click here.
For a Word Search Worksheet on Beethoven click here.
A useful website to use with a Interactive Whiteboard is www.sfskids.org. It is run by San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. There are lots of ideas for Listening and Responding, Composing and Performing on this website.
I will focus on Composing for this blog post.
Click on the Compose Tab, then Let's Start.
Next you have 4 options. If you have no previous knowledge of the music stave you can use the first "Music Lesson" to bring you and your class on a step by step process of how the music stave works.
"Starting Tunes" - students hear and see the beginning of a familiar song and have to compete it. This could be done as a class activity. Probably better for older classes (4th/5th/6th)
"Quick Start" and "Build a Staff" - Blank stave and compose from scratch! This could also be used to demonstrate on the board and students take it down on their own hard copy stave. Put a musical scale up on the board. We can link this to Kodaly hand signs to help understand the concept of the scale. Once the notes are going by step you don't have to worry about which line or space you start on!! This is just introducing the concept of a scale and that each line/space on the stave represents a different note. It also develops an understanding of the note getting higher or lower.
To develop further:
Activity: Students can compose their own song using hand signs and the class sings it back... this is useful for filling time between lessons or changing activities once the students are familiar with the activity.
Starting and finishing on Doh makes the most musical sense and make its easier to sing to.
Student: Doh Re Re Me Doh
Class Sings back: Doh Re Re Me Doh with handsigns.
Info about Concerts/ Examinations/Workshops taking place in some of the schools I teach in!