Music Diversity in the Classroom

Music Diversity in the Classroom (KS5)

Wednesday 12th January 2022, 4:30pm - 5:30pm (UK-time)

In 2016, Edexcel made changes to the music A-level syllabus (set works list), including a set of diverse works within the ‘fusion’ category. This reignited familiar conversations about how we diversify musical content for young people. In partnership with the national arts organisation Milap, Instruments INDIA is inviting teachers to be part of an initial conversation to shape a new approach to this challenge. This invitation is open to teachers of A-Level Music and Music Technology.

During the online session, we will discuss what works well for you and what you might find more challenging. Together we’ll start thinking about what tools and resources might help. We want to empower teachers to engage learners with musical traditions outside of their knowledge and experience

We are aiming to produce something that will be useful within any Key Stage 5 music curriculum, using Indian music content as a reference and method for our discussion. Based on this first session, we will aim to create a workshop later in 2022 to launch a pilot resource. Some of you may have already made use Dr. Manuella Blackburn’s digital resources to support A Level Music such as the Kate Bush and the Fairlight video and the Pre-concert talk of Saariaho’s Petals at Liverpool Hope University. We hope to be able to add to these resources with your input and guidance.

This new resource will be part of a larger project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). We have created a sample pack of Indian musical instrument sounds that are available to download. If you want to hear some of the music that young people have made so far, please feel to have a listen here.

We really welcome your contribution and hope you will join us. We are passionate about music education and want to create something useful. Feel free to speed the word to your colleagues. We will cap the session at 15 places to make sure we have time to hear from everyone who attends. To book a place on this workshop, please contact Hayley Suviste (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who will confirm your booking with details of the Zoom meeting ID and Passcode.