Music - A Gift For Life: Unlock the treasure chest of music for future generations Inset

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About this course

The good news is that access to the arts has almost never been better; the internet puts virtual tours of the world’s greatest galleries, a plethora of music and millions of books at our fingertips. In the West, we are literally cultural billionaires. The bad news is that many people don't know how to use these treasures. This course is designed to show you how to use the contents of this treasure chest, across subject boundaries, through music, literature and art. You'll explore the underlying processes that unify all the arts, drawing on new research in the field of music psychology by the conductor Chris Gayford

Full Course Content

Course Outcomes:

  • Find out how all the arts are linked
  • Hear about cutting-edge research on visual and auditory perception and its relevance to the arts
  • Explore how to teach poetry, music and art in the same lesson
  • Build your confidence in the disciplines you find scary
  • Transform your pupils’ skills in seeing and hearing
  • Take a guided tour of the murky world of assessment

Course Outline:

Session 1: Congratulations - you're a cultural billionaire

‘My granny’ - refugees who lose everything, except their excellent arts education

The keys to the treasury

The magic of history

The Somatic Substrate Hypothesis

Session 2: Teaching three subjects at the same time

Finding the common link between literature, music and art. NB: it's not history

Building confidence to teach subjects about which you know little

Transforming how pupils see and hear

Demonstrating what to do with music, art and literature.

Session 3: Affordance

From, ‘What does it mean?’ to, ‘What is it for?’

Active vs passive; co-creating instead of wallowing in Hanslick’s ‘warm bath’

Measuring success

A hymn to Stanislavsky