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December 27, 2017

Currently I'm working with a Surface Pro at work (which I enjoy a lot), but will be moving into an iPad school in the coming academic year. So when TechRadar's Best Free iPad Apps of 2018 came out I was interested in what they recommended. Recommended, good, free apps are always useful because, obviously, they are free(!) but also because getting permission download paid apps on student iPads can be difficult (depending on the school). So, here's my own highlights from their list of apps with a particular focus on what could benefit a music teacher (without the really obvious EverNote or Garageband-type apps):


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December 23, 2017

Of all the GCSE set works that my current year 11s struggle with, Beethoven's Pathetique is at the top of the list. So upon reflection, I decided to be intensely intentional in how I taught it to my current year 10s. Here's a brief summary of what I've done...

1.  Flipped Learning

A central tenent of flipped learning is that the students interact with simpler and more straightforward ideas in their own time and then to come to class in order to deal with some higher-level thinking about the same topic. The Pathetique fits quite nicely into this flipped learning structure as it's a sonata form (simple idea) that Beethoven has played around with...

November 20, 2017

Hearing professional-level-Western-classical-music in the Middle East can sometimes be challenging! So there was a lot of excitement in the department when we found out that the London Symphony Orchestra were playing two concerts here. One of my colleagues had previously studied with some of the LSO performers and so managed to organise a student outing to attend one of their rehearsals. As well as getting to hear a live orchestra (which some students had never experienced before), the students got to meet three of the performers and had the opportunity to ask them various questions. This was an incredibly valuable experience which allowed th...

June 1, 2017

Towards the end of term I was looking for a platform from which to deliver a short music sequencing project to Year 8s. After looking at a number of different online DAWs I settled on Soundtrap primarily due to the attractive and easy-to-use interface. However, on beginning to properly interact with Soundtrap there were a couple of other stand-out features:

February 13, 2017

As a student of Arabic I thought: what processes do I need which will aid my learning of new words and continues to refresh words that I've previously learnt? After a little research my answer was to use an android app which allowed me to learn my Arabic vocabulary anywhere and to learn efficiently, only revising the words that it figured out (with complex algorithms...?) that I was going to forget.

Great. What does this have to do with teaching music...?

Well, when I reflect on the times that I've been a student I realise what, as a teacher, I need to provide my students with which will aid their learning. So, when my current GCSE students are...

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