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By Sarah Hennessy

Academics have usually felt unnecessarily nervous approximately instructing with no tune with out being talented musicians themselves.Music 7-11 dispels the parable that to coach track successfully a instructor has to "be musical" and offers academics with the possibility of constructing either the elemental topic wisdom and the arrogance had to bring relaxing and worthy tune classes. It does this by way of encouraging sensible engagement with the topic via making and hearing tune, reflecting on reviews and sharing perspectives.

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Try them out, giving every suggestion a chance to be heard. There is often a high degree of consensus, but votes could be taken to agree on the final version. Through the repetition of the chain we start to make sense of it, turning it into music before our very ears. This kind of random composing liberates us from pre-set rules which might make us feel inhibited. Explore ways of developing the piece through repetitions of sections, reversing it, varying the speed or dynamics. A development of this whole-class composition could be to divide into groups of about five.

Produce a score of the extract. There are many possibilities for developing this into composing and performing activity; and, of course, links to be made with media education. The scores could be swapped round and used as the starting point for different groups to interpret and perform (the audience might try to guess which advert each ‘new’ piece was inspired by). Groups could invent a completely new advertisement for a product and compose the music to accompany it. You could limit the media used by focusing on radio rather than television; or excluding spoken words altogether.

All of this is, I feel, prejudice on our part, rather than any well-founded educational argument. It is not enough merely to replicate the narrow musical diet that most people expose themselves to; it should be central to the aims of the music curriculum that children experience music from a wide and diverse repertoire. Without it, audiences and music-makers in the future will become increasingly conservative, unimaginative and sterile. Any music is appropriate if there is a sound musical and educational reason for the choice.

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