Online Self-Guided Courses
Our self-guided online courses are delivered through a mixture of online reading & research, video and audio examples, interactive quizzes, and an optional short assignment. The price includes a certificate on completion of the final assignment, which you have up to 6 months to apply for.
Our international (I) courses are suitable for music educators working anywhere in the world, following any curriculum.
Our UK-specific (UK) courses are suitable for music educators in settings which follow the English National Curriculum.
We are delighted that these online courses were recently awarded a Teach Primary Award 2020! The Judges from the Teacher Development Trust said:
The courses are tightly linked to the subject-specific pedagogy behind effective music teaching and designed for maximum usability by non-specialists; with a consistent focus on objectives and outcomes for pupils and a clear link to the primary curriculum for music. There is a valuable range of resources available to teachers including case studies, further reading lists and advice on how to embed research-informed strategies in a whole school approach.
Managing Behaviour in Music Lessons (I01)
On this course you will learn how to promote positive behaviour, and deal with inappropriate and challenging behaviour in a music education setting.
Understanding Musical Learning (I02)
On this course you will learn how children and young people learn musically and what music educators can do to support and develop this learning.
Excellence in Instrumental & Vocal Teaching (I03)
On this course you will develop a deeper understanding of instrumental teaching pedagogy, in order to develop excellent practice in instrumental and vocal teaching.
Singing in Primary Schools (I04)
This course covers everything you need to know about leading singing in a primary (5-11) setting. It includes the latest research into the impact of singing in schools, advice on developing a whole school culture of singing, video tutorials on singing and conducting techniques, advice on selecting repertoire, using singing to support the curriculum, and how to start, maintain, and improve a choir.
Singing in Secondary Schools (I05)
This course covers everything you need to know about leading singing in a secondary (11-18) setting. It includes the latest research into the impact of singing in schools, advice on developing a culture of singing, video tutorials on singing and conducting techniques, advice on selecting repertoire, using singing to support the curriculum, and how to start, maintain, and improve a choir.
Confidence in Primary Music (I07)
This course is designed for non-specialists teaching music to primary aged children (5-11 years) anywhere in the world. The course will help develop your understanding of basic musical concepts, and give you the skills and knowledge to teach music with confidence.
Excellence in Primary Music (UK01)
This course looks in detail at the skills, knowledge and understanding that pupils need to develop in order to progress in Performing, Composing/Improvising and Listening, through a mixture of research presentation, practical activities and discussion.
Planning & Assessing Primary Music (UK02)
This course covers the processes and pedagogy of planning and assessing primary music. Learners will explore the specific mechanics of planning and assessment for music, which can be very different from the other subjects of the primary curriculum. The course offers support and advice for creating schemes of work, individual pedagogically sound lesson plans, and assessment systems for music.
Excellence in First Access (WCET) (UK03)
This course is a brand new national training programme for teachers of First Access / Whole Class Ensemble Teaching. It features a structured training programme based on the latest research into the pedagogical principles behind successful First Access / WCET teaching programmes. It is suitable for teachers at all stages of their careers, and who teach any instrument from any musical tradition.
For organisations wishing to train multiple staff, the programme can be taken wholly online, or can be combined with live training, for a blended learning approach. Please contact Music Education Solutions® to find out more about blended learning options, and bulk-buy discounts.
Dive Deeper into Music (UK04)
This half-day course will give primary music subject leaders the confidence to develop their school's music curriculum, and to prepare for 'deep dive' music subject inspections under the new Ofsted* framework.
KS3 Music - A values based approach (UK05)
On this course you will reflect on how you learned music yourself and how this impacts on the way that you teach it. You will be challenged to consider how your current KS3 curriculum is balanced between formal, informal and non formal approaches to music teaching to ensure that all kinds of musical learners can be both engaged and challenged by what is on offer. You will also explore the balance between different approaches to music learning to identify what aligns with the needs of your students, your beliefs and values about music education and the requirement to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum at KS3.
Composing in the KS2 Classroom (UK06)
The national curriculum for KS2 music states that children ‘should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures’ and to ‘compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music’. This course looks at creative ways to fulfill these aims as part of your KS2 music curriculum.
Improvising in the KS2 classroom (UK07)
This course covers why we should teach improvisation, what the purpose of improvisation is and what kind of outcomes we should be looking for when improvising in the KS2 classroom. By the end of the course you should feel more confident as improviser and as a teacher of improvisation.
*NEW* for 2021: Subscription Packages
Individual Subscription: access to all courses during the Academic Year 2020-2021 - £195
Group Subscription: access for 10 teachers to up to 3 courses each during the Academic Year 2020-2021 - £350
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