MUSIC IN THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Below are some useful websites which give information about the
musical components in the National Curriculum.
for Education and Skills
Essential. You can download all the National Curriculum
outlines for each subject, as well as sample lesson plans, teaching ideas
etc. Navigation could have been made a lot simpler - find the music curriculum
yourself by endless searching, trial and error or take the short cut to
Stage 1, Key
Stage 2 or Key
Stage 3 here. A warning - nice as .pdf files are, these are huge,
and are very graphics-heavy (again, why?). If you just want to read it
rather than spray pink printer-cartridge ink all over your paper, download
the text-only version.
quick guide to the NC in music at primary school level
Based on the government outlines, but easier to read because
it's for people who watch the Tweenies. Read the page on music
and development in the same section. Easier to see from this
what the application of the NC bullet points might be.
Education Web Guide
The BBC have drawn together a searchable database
of links to sites which provide further information about NC subjects.
Not necessarily exhaustive, but a good place to browse.
General arts-in-education links
Arts in Education
Quite a useful selection of links from Northern Artists
into Schools. But what is an "arts in education" site? Have a
look at Dance
in Education for example - worthy, well-meaning and badly designed
(someone should tell them about using white fonts). But look closer,
and it turns out to be "a new company committed to the development,
production and distribution of high quality, dance teaching resources
for the education sector".
Education Archive at Bretton Hall
Useful one to know about, especially since they have a searchable OPAC.
Association of Independent Schools links
Not to be confused with Northern Artists into Schools
which has the same acronym apart from the lower case "i", this site
has a few links to sites about the arts. One particularly useful
one which I hadn't come across before was the Sapphire
Swan Dance directory. The DfEE and National Curriculum sites
could learn a lot from this site - it may be a fluffy name, but there's
nothing fluffy about the site. It's well organised, has a clear purpose
(which it fulfils), loads quickly and has no pointless graphics.