TSS #3

Uggggggghhhhhhhh. I am well done right now. I have zero motivation to finish this assessment. I have less then two days left to finish everything and I know I will get it done but I just no desire to do so! I have been reading the regular updates of my classmates about how they are going with this assessment and it is absolutely crazy the amount of resources they are creating. Like I think creating lots of resources can be good, but I have always been about the minimalist approach of minimal resources and using what you would be able to find in a generally in a music classroom. Creating a iBook is all well and good, but if the students don’t have iPads or Macs, then it is a bit of a waste of time. I do like programs that you can use in the browser for this very reason, they don’t limit you in what you can do and what the students can access. I think creating resources that can only be used in a specific location on a specific device is also a bit pointless, and dare I say it, backwards. Education has gone open, lets keep it that way.

Time to get an update on my assessment so far. I have decided to change the unit of work to focus on Ulpirra by Ross Edwards, instead of Thou Shalt by Naomi Crellin as I was having trouble getting hold of a score for Thou Shalt. I have found pieces that I will study in this unit of work to supplement studying Ulpirra. They are: Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms and Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm by Bartok. I have chosen these as they provide good content for concept study in the areas of PitchDuration, and Structure. Studying these in detail will enable students to understand PitchDuration, and Structure material presented in Ulpirra.

Now that I have given you a quick update on my UOW plan, it is time for me to sit down and write it. Hopefully, next post will be an update on how I have finished my UOW!!!

Reflections Week 1A Comp – 31/07/15

This day was a Friday. It was a nice day outside and being stuck inside for 2 hours was the last thing I wanted to do. However, in this comp mus. lesson we looked at the creative movement and looked at the history surrounding that. It was really interesting to see a shift in that time from performers informing how music is taught to composers sharing and informing how music is taught, and in particular how composing is an important part of the music classroom. I found it very interesting looking at the history of significant composers and music people through the ages and their comments on what is essential, particularly the notion that composition was the way you would know if a student understood music and how it all worked. I also remember (at least I hope the two that I write are actually the ones that were stressed) that two words were stressed which I will endeavour to remember when I teach composition in the classroom. They are “model” and “small steps”. What I mean by those are: always model everything, don’t expect children to just be able to do without guidance or modelling of some kind. This is were small steps come into it. Don’t leave out the middle steps, plan all the little steps, for those small steps will make the process a lot easier.