Teaching Primary Music offers a principled, well-conceived and cohesive reflection on contemporary primary music education. The structure of the book is particularly helpful as it focused on specific elements of musical activity. Each chapter is informed and critically engages with important aspects of practice. In addition, each chapter provides insight into practice as well as opportunities for reflection. The style of the text is entirely suited to the needs of my undergraduate and post-graduate primary teaching students.
An excellent book! It is a very honest, open and highly informative read. Despite the author being an expert in her field, there is never a sense that she is imposing her perceptions and opinions on others. Instead she shares a wealth of material that promotes thinking about music and music education. This thinking then creates space for genuine professional learning, where the answer is not simply given but a world of opportunity is opened up. It’s about your children in your school and their right to experience a high quality music education.
Alison Daubney's new book provides primary teachers with an easy to understand and comprehensively researched guide to music making for all. Her approach is up to date, realistic and eminently practical and she insists that music is there to be explored by every child and, of course, every teacher. Teaching Primary Music will become a must read for all those engaged with delivering high quality music education, specialist and non-specialist alike and when students ask "which book should I buy?" this new addition to the canon will be one of my top two suggestions.
Teaching Primary Music is a clear and accessible way for primary teachers, particularly non-specialists, to engage with and support their teaching of music. I found a lot of the book very relevant in the current educational climate and the book echoes a lot of what I find myself saying to students on a regular basis.
The scenarios and tasks allow for practical engagement for students, how could I teach music in my class? and what might it look like? While in Scotland we follow Curriculum for Excellence there are clear crossovers with KS1 and 2 and First and Second Levels.
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