One Education Event: Electronic Music & the National Curriculum

Taking place at John Rylands Library (part of University of Manchester) and where the Delia Derbyshire archive is housed; this event brought together teachers, Music Hub managers, Music Education organisations, pupils and Arts Council England to discuss the state of electronic music education on the English National Curriculum

National Plan for Music Eduation, findings…

“Although some schools make very effective use of music technology, it is underused… Technology can be used to support teaching, and to enable students to compose, make, record and perform music. It can also remove barriers for groups who might not otherwise be able to access music”

“Technology is used most effectively when it supports a clearly defined musical outcome and adds intrinsic value to teaching and the creative process”

Really interesting to listen to Caro C and her electronic music projects in schools that are inspired by the work of Delia Derbyshire where primary school children use Garageband, begin by deconstructing the DR Who theme tune and create their own TV theme tunes.

Table discussions were around the applications of the using electronic music approaches across the curriculum; and we heard from teachers as to attainment and observations of the participating pupils.

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