|Continuing Professional Development for Teachers|
CPD for Teachers
Where : Various
When : One Day Events
Group size : 30 max
Using Makaton with Singing
Whether you already know some Makaton or not, these sessions will be flexible to accommodate your needs at your setting with your children. Starting out from a shared place of wanting to develop communication and that we want to explore singing and Makaton as a tool for doing this and gradually we will build the confidence and skills needed to use the activities that we share together. Intially, the resources will be centred around popular songs and games that everyone knows and songs to develop language and help memory. As we go along, we will explore basic techniques and good practice for signing and singing sessions with your groups.
Leading Singers - Basic Conducting
In this session you will learn how to have fun singing together, learn techniques for effective choral leadership, have practical leadership experience with the group and lead familiar songs and get feedback. By the end of the course you will have increased knowledge about singing leadership, greater practical leadership skills and more confidence to lead the group effectively.
Approaches to Harmony and Vocal Performance
In the session you will learn how to have fun singing together, experience the richness of singing in harmony, develop a variety of tools to get children singing in parts and harmony, learn a variety of songs in harmony, easy rounds and canons to get started with harmony, ways into improvising harmonies and approaches to getting more harmony singing happening with your class/choir.
New Songs and Arrangements
In this session you will learn new songs suitable for use in the classroom, make cross-curricular links through singing, learn new simple and effective arrangements of popular songs. All songs are fun and suitable for group cohesion as well as performance. You will learn new songs, singing together in parts and popular songs in simple arrangements.
“Many teachers and music departments do not receive dedicated music technology support. This means that when technology fails, there is often a lack of expertise and urgency in providing a solution. A lack of confidence in the robustness of music technology equipment, and the processes in place to address technical problems, can dissuade teachers
from utilising technology. “
[The National Plan for Music Education 2012, p41]
At Soundwave we can offer accessible entry-level training sessions to teachers and staff in the basic implementation of music technology. These include a gentle introduction designed to introduce you to the potential offered by various types of new music technology and an idea of how these technologies can be practically applied within a classroom setting. This will provide staff with the confidence to engage in further training and hopefully to experiment independently outside of our sessions. We will then conduct a thorough assessment of the equipment which is available to you in your place of work and provide you with a resource pack which we can help you to maintain and setup remote assistance to aid your development and progression in music technology in order to ensure that you make the very most of the resources which are available to you.
Through these sessions we aim to provide an introduction to the djembe drum, basic drumming techniques and simple rhythms. Participants will have the opportunity to learn a song with drumming accompaniment and will gain confidence to use the instrument and apply skills to other instruments in school.
By the end of the training participants will be able to confidently play djembe drums and develop basic playing techniques. Participants will also receive activities and materials to use with djembe and other instruments in their schools. These will include simple ways to notate and remember rhythms and songs to develop into a performance piece with their groups.
Instruments provided or bring your old school xylophones to the experts and learn some basic maintenance tips to keep them going strong. We will take you through some Orff techniques to get instrumental music happening swiftly with your groups, using composition, improvisation and simple notation tools. You’ll have your very own Orffkestra going in no time!
By the end of the session, you’ll know all about effective playing techniques for standard classroom instruments and have an idea how to keep the instruments in good shape. If you don’t have instruments in school, we will be able to point you in the right direction for what you need. Musically, you’ll feel confident in creating group music-making opportunities. You’ll be able to have your group reading rhythms, creating their own patterns and improvising music together without fear of nasty clashes.