Hints and Tips - 4 minute read
Marie Bessant, Subject Advisor Music and Performing Arts
Working from home is well underway for most of us now, and social media is full of posts about young people continuing their school work from home.
In these times, I think it is important to keep enthusiasm alive, and to continue learning for learning’s sake. Music is so important for both mental and physical well-being so the more we can keep this up, the better.
My advice? Don’t worry too much about sticking to curriculum plans that were in place before the school closures – just set your students things to maintain and build their musical skills and creativity. Encourage active listening and playlist building, review writing and playing and singing.
To help I have pulled together some resources – many from familiar faces, that music teachers can quickly use to set relevant activities for their students to do independently.
Steinberg have REALLY given us lots of resources for you to use:
As always, we are here to support you. Advice can be sought on firstname.lastname@example.org and do follow us on Twitter @OCR_performarts where I often retweet resources and ideas from all over music ed.
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Marie Bessant – Subject Advisor – Music and Performing Arts
Marie joined OCR in July 2014 as Music Subject Specialist after teaching Music for 10 years. With experience as Head of Department at secondary schools and FE colleges. Marie has a wealth of experience teaching Music and Performing Arts at GCSE, A Level, BTEC and HND. As OCR’s Music specialist Marie took the lead in the development for the new Music GCSEs and A Levels as well as overseeing resources, running training and CPD events, and supporting the performing arts teaching community. Marie also has the same responsibilities for Drama GCSE and A Level and the Cambridge Technical vocational Performing Arts qualifications. Alongside this Marie is an organist and pianist with a love for rock music.