ISABC Pro-D Day 2014, St George’s School
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Friday, February 7 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Meaningful Music Education for Middle Years Students: The Musical Futures Project in action at Southridge School

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This workshop will share the process that Southridge School undertook to initiate an innovative initiative from the UK called “Musical Futures” with the grade 7 beginning band classes. In phase one, the students formed friendship groups and worked collaboratively to learn to play a song of their choice by “ear” without the use of notation or direct instruction. The objective was to have the students emulate the real-life practices of many beginning popular musicians. In phase two, the students took part in a group inquiry project that engaged them in thinking about their experience working with their band, and how this learning compared with other ways they learn music. The objective of phase two was to allow students to explore issues such as authenticity, repetition, dedication and future musical opportunities. Participants in this workshop will learn more about this initiative at Southridge, will watch a video clip of the unit in action, will receive copies of student handouts, and will have the chance to ask questions and share related ideas.

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Kevin Bespflug

MYP English and Music Teacher, Southridge School
Kevin Bespflug has been a teacher at Southridge School for 15 years. He has taught grade 4 in the Primary Years Programme (PYP), was the school’s Internal Evaluation Coordinator for their accreditation visit by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), and is currently... Read More →

Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

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