2018 Music Department Goals
1. Level 3 - All gain E credits in their 14 but with a default of 40%.
2. Develop teaching practices/learning opportunities that move away from reliance on Mac computers
3. Extend year 10 students (level 1 and higher) for some aspects of the course.
Analysis of Variance
1. Level 3: 25% (2) gained 14+ E credits 62.5% (5) gained 14+ credits (UE)
2. Inquiry into OS neutral/fluid platforms showed that it might be worth pursuing moving to a combined Mac/PC computer room for music.
3 . students achieved excellence in Performance.
Level one continues to achieve above the national average – especially at the upper level (excellence), although this year there was a larger proportion gaining achieved. This is likely to the cohort coming through with some with a great deal of music experience while others come with very little. The goal would be to lift the lower end into the merit band.
Although the stats suggest that the cohort has achieved much higher overall, a number of standards were not entered (if not attempted), so the results are a little misleading. Anecdotal evidence (and discussions with students) suggested that the majority of the class were not concerned with using Music as a UE endorsed subject as they already had 4-5 other subjects already.
By trialing a module that allowed for more computer OS flexibility, I was able to move away from the reliance on mac computers in the junior (year 10) class. It was obvious that the class all liked the flexibility to choose what music programme to use and were particularly happy with the ability to work at home using cloud/browser based applications. (This became my inquiry topic)
Identifying gifted/advanced students in year 10 and allowing them to be assessed for some level 1 performance standards keeps students more engaged throughout the year and provide worthwhile, differentiated learning environments. I am thinking about offering a music technology standard to the whole class during term 4.