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Cre8us Articles

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Sometimes I don’t know what to start reading anymore. Or I start reading something without knowing why – or if it’s any good. Here is a list of articles I’ve dipped in and out of over the last few years recommended by and used in school’s by Cre8us. I worked in a Cre8us ‘Change School’ before I started my current job and it really is an incredible experience that still influences my teaching today.



Keeping Up To Date

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Having said recently in my first column on this blog that I am finding it hard to keep up to date with things going on outside my classroom in the world of education – I have hit the net and will post on good sites I have decided to keep an eye on. The first one is one I found via twitter and is:

So what you know what you’re clicking on the “background” info reads –

“I work as a Reader in Education at the Institute of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am also Managing Director of, a company specialising in the production of educational hardware and software. We also provide educational consultancy services. In 2006, I became a Visiting Research Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music.”


Lost In Translation

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

I once got told how Music Assessment should be run in the department I led. Now while I am fully aware the way I assess is not perfect and I’m fighting in the dark a lot of the time to make it serve as many masters as possible; I was aware that what was being suggested was wrong. Playing 5 notes with your RH does not equal level 5.

One of the ways out of it for me was I “stood up for myself” as this amazing article describes and actually sent an annotated copy of this article to my Headteacher. It wasn’t a win/lose situation but it proved that I was doing my best to make the assessment worth while in the department and I had taken the time to research my opinions. It gave me some wriggle room!

I’m know many who have read this before – I keep a reference of everything I’ve read so I can refer back to it should I need to.

Written by Dr Martin Fautley for the National Association of Music Educators