Key Words, Key Words, Key Words

Anna Gower


I wrote this blog back in Feb 2014 after  we welcomed candidates for interview for a Head of Music post at our school and as part of the interview they were asked to teach a lesson. During the formal interview in the afternoon, they had the opportunity to feed back on how they felt it went and three of them expressed surprise that our students “don’t know their key words”.

I wasn’t involved in the observations and didn’t see the lesson plans so my opinions do not in any way reflect the lesson content used yesterday, but I have seen many examples where at the end of the lesson groups perform to each other and are questioned on how they used dynamics, texture, pitch etc. (An aside but it always seems to be dynamics first-the least important of the musical elements in my opinion “Oh you’ve finished? now add some…

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