The teaching of music technology is exciting and continues to evolve rapidly. It does not replace traditional concepts of music teaching, but offers twenty-first century tools to enhance and expand the learning experience.
Lindsay Thomas - Head of One Education Music
Lindsay initially worked as an early years and key stage one educator in Manchester before moving into the special education sector working as a key stage two and three specialist music and physical education teacher.
After becoming an advanced skills teacher in 2002 she began working for Manchester Music Service as part of the curriculum team with responsibility for developing musical inclusion across the city.
Music has always been an integral part of her life – playing trumpet as a child in a range of Music Centre activities, then playing piano, guitar and steel pans as a music co-ordinator in school. This experience has supported her passion for the provision of extra curricular music activities and performance opportunities for young people. Lindsay’s three children have also attended music centres, following in her footsteps.
Mentoring and coaching colleagues in school continues to be an important part of her work with Manchester Youth Music Education Hub which commissions One Education Music to deliver several core and extension roles of the National Plan for Music Education. This includes developing a network of school music staff, promoting the sharing of good practice, providing a comprehensive range of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities and supporting first access to instrumental lessons. A particularly successful and exciting new initiative was the pilot primary music technology project – creative pupil outcomes demonstrate the fundamentals of electronic music production and audio engineering.
Lindsay believes in leading by example and feels privileged to be able to teach and lead inclusive music projects in a range of special educational needs establishments both in and out of Manchester. This has been an opportunity to gain first hand experience of teaching “Just Play” – a primary rock project based on the pioneering musical futures initiative. A partnership has developed with Musical Futures which has been a highlight of this year, involving inspiring professional development for the One Education Music team.
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At the end of last week, I attended the Music and Drama Education Expo 2017 held at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London as part of my own CPD. Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department for Education, spoke to a lively audience of arts practitioners to address current policy in performing arts education.
Does your school use music technology to enhance the teaching of music? One Education Music have been supporting this aspect of music education by working with an electronic music specialist and international artist Caro C and the local music education hub MyHub to offer innovative five-week Music Technology projects to primary schools.