Category Archives: Case Studies

Case Studies in Teaching Music

These fifteen case studies are drawn from the work of music teachers across the United Kingdom. Each case study shows have they have adapted their work in line with the requirements of the  National Curriculum for Music when it was revised in 2007.

Although these case studies are now over six years old, they do represent a valuable set of resources for the music educator. There is much that can be learnt from reading them. These case studies used to be part of the NAME website. But, unfortunately, they seemed to have gone missing from the new Music Mark website, hence their publication here.

I am republishing them today shortly after the publication of the new National Curriculum for Music to be taught in UK schools from September 2014. Unfortunately, the Government has decided to support the implementation of this new National Curriculum for Music with the grand sum of £0. I hope you will find these, alongside the ‘How to Teach‘ guides really useful.

Each case study was written by the Head of Music at the named school. I edited them as part of my role as the National Subject Lead for Music, through which I led the provision of resources for the 2007 National Curriculum on behalf of NAME and CfBT.

You can view a list of all fifteen case studies by clicking here.

Case Study 9: Exploring Tribal Identity through Music, Art and Literature

This case study explores how students at Wolsingham School and Community College in Weardale, County Durham, explored the art and culture of tribal societies. This allowed them to reflect on their own identity and the extent to which it is shaped by their sense of belonging to a group or place.

If you liked this case study, you can view all the other ones by clicking here.

Case Study 8: Using Numu to Support Musical Learning

In this case study Year 8 pupils at Ashington Hirst Park created and recorded their own music, either with live instruments and vocals or using sequencing software, or a combination of both. The best tracks were recorded in the school’s studio using their own record label, “Parky Krew”, and uploaded onto the NUMU website.

If you liked this case study, you can view all the other ones by clicking here.