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  1. general overview 8 items
    1. The primary curriculum: a creative approach 2015

      Book Recommended This gives a chapter on each of the Foundation Subjects, making a good starting-point.

    2. Teaching primary music - Alison Daubney 2017

      Book Essential This great new book should be on your shelves somewhere accessible!

    3. Music in Schools: Wider Still, and Wider

      Document Essential This is still OFSTED's latest music inspection report. (The new head of OFSTED, Amanda Spielman, has ordered a review of the Broader Curriculum in general in 2017.)

    4. Music, mind and education - Swanwick, Keith 1988

      Book  Swanwick's model of musical development is the 'classic'.

    5. Teaching music musically - Swanwick, Keith, MyiLibrary 1999 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential This resource is available as an e-book. Chapter 3 is very thought-provoking and a good way of thinking about music in primary/early years education. Don't worry if the musical notation means nothing to you - it's all in Swanwick's text anyway!

    6. Teaching arts in primary schools - Penny, Stephanie 2002


    7. Primary Music Toolkit – ISM Trust - Alison Daubney 2017

      Webpage Recommended This is a free online resource for teachers. It makes a good starting-point for all aspects of classroom music teaching.

  2. 'growth mindset' and conceptions of musicality 8 items
    1. Parent Praise to Toddlers Predicts Fourth Grade Academic Achievement via Children’s Incremental Mindsets - Gunderson, Elizabeth A.Sorhagen, Nicole S.Gripshover, Sarah J.Dweck, Carol S.Goldin-Meadow, Susan Nov 27, 2017

      Article  Hot off the press! Note that this study talks about 'incremental' mindset rather than 'growth' mindset. Same thing though I think.

    2. The Journey to Children's Mindsets-and Beyond - Carol S. Dweck 06/2017

      Article Recommended Here, Carol Dweck summarises the development of the 'growth mindset' and outlines what the term means.

    3. Mindset: the new psychology of success - Carol S. Dweck 2008

      Book Recommended This will give you an accessible way into 'growth mindset' thinking. (I have asked the library to buy copies of the recently issued revision of this book - see next entry.)

    4. Mindset: the new psychology of success - Carol S. Dweck 2016

      Book Recommended This book is more or less the 2008 book with a new cover. But at least the library has more copies!

    5. Infant musicality: new research for educators and parents - Tafuri, J. 2008


  3. creativity - some focus on music, others are more generic 10 items
    1. Teaching music creatively - Pamela Burnard, Regina Murphy 2013 (electronic resource)


    2. Creativity in the music curriculum - Sarah Hennessy 2009 (electronic resource)

      Chapter  Chapter 11 in the complete online book 'Creativity in Primary Education' edited by Anthony Wilson (second edition: the third edition is below - but not online). "This chapter summarises what creative music-making is and how we can ensure all lessons in music help children to develop creativity. Creative-music making will reinforce and help children to develop their musical ideas, increase and strengthen their abilities in controlling sound, encourage social interactions through and around music and give meaning to their music learning." Tara, Y2

    3. Creativity in primary education 2015

      Book  This is the third edition of the book edited by Anthony Wilson.

    4. Using technology to unlock musical creativity - Watson, Scott 2011

      Book Recommended Good discussion of musical creativity in the early part of this book.

    5. Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom (Current Perspectives in Social and Behavioral Sciences) - Ronald A. Beghetto James C. Kaufman 2010

      Book  Anna Craft's chapter gives a good background to creativity.

    6. The role of creativity in the school music curriculum - John Paynter

      Chapter  This article, originally published in 1977, remains very relevant and is a good source of inspiration for why music deserves to be in the school curriculum.

    7. How different is good? How good is different? The assessment of children's creative musical thinking - Maud Hickey, Scott D. Lipscomb

      Chapter  Good discussion of creativity: stick with it! In their final discussion they say more work is needed to examine how the process of creative thinking affects children's final compositions.

    8. The social and applied psychology of music - North, Adrian C., Hargreaves, David J. 2008

      Book  Section 2.1 gives some good background on thinking about musical creativity.

    9. The individual and social worlds of children's musical creativity - Pamela Burnard

      Chapter  Compares and critiques some of the main developmental models, arguing that a focus on individual development misses much of what is important.

    10. Musical Creativities in Practice - Pamela Burnard

      Book  A book about the many ways people can be musically creative. Appendix D has 'Ten Myths about children's musical creativity' which is well worth a look.

  4. improvising 3 items
    1. Minds on music: composition for creative and critical thinking - Kaschub, Michele, Smith, Janice, MENC, the National Association for Music Education (U.S.) 2009

      Book Recommended Down-to-earth guidance.

    2. Musical play - Marsh Kathryn, Susan Young

      Chapter  About musical activity that children get involved in voluntarily and of their own accord.

  5. composing 4 items
    1. Understanding children's meaning-making as composers - Pamela Burnard

      Chapter  An interesting discussion of "what counts as composing", how to help children see themselves as composers - and also an insight into Burnard's research processes.

    2. Using technology to unlock musical creativity - Watson, Scott 2011

      Book  Watson's "8 principles" make an interesting starting-point for thinking about how to support classroom composition. The quotation on p37 rings true, too. Modelling and coaching are discussed, and Kaschub and Smith's 'five foundational correlates' (p83) are suggested as useful prompts to provoke thought about emerging compositions.

    3. Teaching composing in the music curriculum - Sarah Hennessy


    4. Towards pedagogies of revision: guiding a student's music composition - Peter R Webster

      Chapter  Clear and helpful discussion of ways to support young musicians in shaping their compositions, with selective referencing to other important writers.

  6. singing 5 items
    1. News Article - Sing Up - Let's get the whole place singing!

      Webpage  accessible research findings about the benefits of singing in schools

    2. Singing and vocal development - Graham F. Welch

      Chapter  Outlines how children's singing develops from newborn to end of primary and emphasises that the rate of development varies enormously. Stresses the impact of teacher expectation and teaching skill.

    3. Voice-training and conducting in schools - Jacques, Reginald 1963

      Book  Despite its age, there is plenty here that is still relevant. I particularly like the suggestions for getting to know a new song before teaching it (pp59-63 & ff) whether or not you are a keyboard player.

  7. teaching approaches including SEN and First Access 15 items
    1. Teaching music in the primary school - Glover, Joanna, Ward, Stephen 2004


    2. Teaching music in primary schools - Jones, Patrick, Robson, Christine 2008 (electronic resource)


    3. Kodâaly today: a cognitive approach to elementary music education - Houlahan, Micheâal, Tacka, Philip 2008


    4. Including Everyone : Creating Music Classrooms Where All Children Learn - Jellison, Judith A. 2015

      Book  Although set in an American context the principles are absolutely relevant.

    5. The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education

      Website Recommended This guide has been written with inclusion in mind, particularly considering children with special needs and/or disabilities. It is full of useful links and thought-provoking ideas which will help every teacher of music to improve their provision.

    6. Making music in the primary school: whole class instrumental and vocal teaching - Nick Beach, Julie Evans, Gary Spruce 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book  Written for First Access teachers, this has very sound advice for all teachers of primary music. There is a whole section on inclusion, for example.

    7. Instrumental teaching - Mills, Janet 2007


    8. Escaping the classical canon: changing methods through a change of paradigm - Ann C. Clements

      Chapter  Interesting because of its critique of the way Lucy Green's proposals have been so whole-heartedly adopted into the 'Musical Futures' approach to teaching in Key Stage 3 that this is now often the only approach used. She contrasts it with the 'apprentice' approach.

    9. Music for children and young people with complex needs - Ockelford, Adam 2008


    10. Meeting SEN in the curriculum: music - Jaquiss, Victoria 30cm


    11. Computers and technology - Peter R. Webster, Maud Hickey


    12. Using technology to unlock musical creativity - Watson, Scott 2011

      Book  A useful 'how-to' book: see other sections of this list for the wider relevance of this book.

  8. appropriate assessment 6 items
    1. An Introduction to Music - Vanessa Young

      Chapter Essential The 'planning and assessment' section of Young's chapter very nicely encapsulates what appropriate assessment in music is all about, especially from half-way down p189 for a page or so.

    2. Assessing creatively - Regina Murphy 2013 (electronic resource)

      Chapter  Focuses on assessing by noticing, with an emphasis on formative uses of assessment (AfL i.e. assessment for learning). The introduction, the discussion of Afl and the 'things to look for' near the end are all very helpful. I'm less sure about the 'rubrics' section: I suggest you consider the judicious use of learning objectives and success criteria.

    3. Assessment in music education - Fautley, Martin 2010


    4. The primary curriculum: a creative approach 2015

      Book  Vanessa Young's chapter on music contains brief but helpful discussion about assessing learning.

    5. Making music in the primary school: whole class instrumental and vocal teaching - Nick Beach, Julie Evans, Gary Spruce 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book  See Part 6 for assessment discussion and advice. NOTE that this book is aimed at those teaching Wider Opportunities sessions, not teachers of National Curriculum music. However the principles of good musical assessment still apply.

    6. Formative assessment in action: weaving the elements together - Shirley Clarke 2005

      Book  Though not specific to music, Shirley Clarke is widely read and did much to get Assessment for Learning used in the classroom. Chapters such as those on learning objectives and processing success criteria are clearly explained. Lots of 'how to' included in Clarke's explanations. Effective questioning chapter recommended.

  9. research related 4 items
    1. Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science - Judith Bell 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book  Tried and tested basic guide. Browse for others, too, when homing in on specific aspects of research.

    2. Using observations in small-scale research: a beginner's guide - Simpson, Mary, Tuson, Jennifer, Scottish Council for Research in Education, University of Glasgow 2003

      Book  A clear and helpful guide to the research method of direct observation.

    3. Research methods in education - Cohen, Louis, Lawrence Manion, Keith Morrison 2011


  10. journals and other places to look... 9 items
    1.    [The Darren Henley Review of music education in England, 2011]

    2.     [a national organisation for those involved in music education]