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Music

National Association of Music Educators
Community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism
A list of resources for teachers to use in the classroom


  Resource Title and Teacher Guidance Brief Description of the Resource Accessibility
1 Oxfam Global Music Lesson Plans These lesson plans explore musical themes across a range of different cultures, thereby emphasising the similarities and connections between them and promoting international understanding. The resource shows clearly how the activities in the lessons contribute to the National Curriculum and teachers can extend the activities by adding further musical examples that they are familiar with / would be relevant to their pupils.
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources
KS 1&2
Fully accessible.
2 Inspirations - The School is Alive This programme in a West Midlands primary school uses singing and games to promote a sense of community across the whole school. The video clip looks at how whole-school singing can improve children's behaviour, raise esteem and help to develop a strong sense of community. This resource could be used in conjunction with Music resource 4 'Sing Up song bank' where teachers require examples of songs.
http://www.teachers.tv/video/3117
KS1&2
Fully accessible.
3 Music for Change Using music and related arts to promote awareness, understanding and respect for cultural diversity, the work of the Music for Change organisation can be used as stimulus for teachers wishing to engage in similar projects with their pupils. Teachers can work with music and arts groups, organisations, charities and artists from their local communities which can enable them to initiate cross-curricular projects not only across a whole Key Stage but across the whole school community.
http://www.musicforchange.org/ and for preparatory work diagram go to http://www.teachingmusic.org.uk/story.aspx?lngStoryID=14366
KS 1&2 and above
Fully accessible.
4 Sing Up song bank Singing is an important way to promote social cohesion, and the Sing Up song bank is one of the largest and most accessible teachers' resources, which includes words, notation and recorded performances of all songs. By searching for songs with links to PSHE education / Citizenship, it is possible to find many songs with a relevant social message. There is further guidance available to teachers to accompany the use of the song bank including lesson plans, details of locally funded programmes and examples of good practice.
http://www.singup.org/songbank
KS 1&2
Fully accessible.
5 'Hard-to-Teach': World Music This online guidance is useful for teachers who might not feel confident about teaching music from different cultures, or who want to make it more interesting for their students. The guidance supports an integrated approach to what is now commonly called 'world music' so that teachers and students can make links between the music of different cultures and their own experiences.
http://www.name.org.uk/projects/becta/hard-teach scroll down and click on 'world music'. NB each principle and idea involves some use of ICT.
KS 3
Fully accessible.
6 Oxfam Global Music Lesson Plans These lesson plans explore musical themes across a range of different cultures, thereby emphasising the similarities and connections between them and promoting international understanding. Some of the plans can be extended to two lessons and teachers can extend the activities by adding further musical examples that they are familiar with / would be relevant to their students.
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources
KS 3&4
Fully accessible.
7 Adventures in Islamic Music This series of materials aims to create a better understanding of Islamic music and culture and explores some of the tensions surrounding music-making in the Muslim community. The resource is relevant to both primary and secondary phases and explores young Muslims' musical interests as well as Islamic musical traditions. Links are made to the requirements of the National Curriculum and teachers are offered some practical ideas for action within the classroom.
http://www.teachingmusic.org.uk/r/RobertBunting
KS 3&4
Fully accessible.
8 Strange Fruit This song, composed by Lewis Allan and performed by Billie Holiday, about lynching in the USA, can be used as a starting point for studying the effects of violent extremism, and for looking at the role of music and musicians in promoting awareness of social issues. Pupils could use the song as stimulus for writing their own lyrics about social issues that they consider important; or think about contemporary images that they could use alongside the lyrics to add to the intention and impact of their work.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs (Studio version)
KS 3&4
Some difficult & sensitive concepts. SEN teachers will need to differentiate to meet needs of individuals.

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