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  • Josephine Brereton

It's been a very hectic few weeks, but they've been filled with amazing opportunities. Firstly, I was able to perform Bach's Mass in B minor with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs at Sydney Town Hall. It was incredible to sing on the Town Hall stage again with an incredible choir and orchestra after so many weeks of preparation.

The performance received several glowing reviews, and listening to the incredible soloists was a treat in itself. Following this performance I sang an Easter service at St Martin's in Killara before heading down the coast for a few days over mid-semester break.

While it was a lovely getaway, I also had some time to work on my upcoming projects, including learning resources for MUED4006, a Stage 4 Unit of Work for MUED3605 and a Stage 3 Unit of Work for my new job as a primary school SLSO/Music Teacher. Its been so rewarding not only building real units of work but being able to apply them to real students and real schools. Similarly, my new job as an SLSO and Primary Music Teacher at a Sydney public school has also allowed me to gain more hands on experience as a teacher and allows me to develop my teaching style in an environment where I can receive feedback from a multitude of currently practicing teachers who are watching my progression on a week by week basis.

I'm so proud of how the resources I've created turned out, and you can find them at the links below. Enjoy!



STAGE 3 UNIT OF WORK - still in progress!!!

  • Josephine Brereton

Week Six was full of fun projects!! I'm so excited to finally be learning more about technology and how to incorporate it into my private teaching, my lesson plans and in my making of resources.

This week I've finished a few videos including - Love Story cover (for Technology in Music Education) and a drum tutorial for Popular Music Studies. I also finished a series of lesson plans for Junior Secondary Music, but I feel that there were a lot more ways I could have incorporated technology in to these lesson plans. The lesson plans include the use of jam hubs and video tutorials, but I think using some looping apps like flip sampler or ableton live could have been interesting for a starter activity.

My video editing skills are still improving and growing, but below you will find a cover Love Story by Taylor Swift, and in my resources page for Still Into You you can find the drum tutorial - linked here:

I've also been lucky enough to begin production week on Bach's Mass in B Minor with Sydney Philharmonia Choir's VOX . I'm so excited to sing my first proper concert with VOX, but five rehearsals a week has been making it difficult to keep up with my assignments and I am suuuuper exhausted, but it'll absolutely be worth it.

  • Josephine Brereton

Updated: May 5

After catching COVID in Week Three of the semester, I've recovered and finally managed to rejoin my peers in classes. This week I had a few assessments to complete, including Introducing Jazz in the Curriculum, and a peer teaching assignment on starter activities.

My lesson plan is based on the premise that over a unit of study students will be constructing their own band to perform pop songs, with this lesson being an introduction to drum kit and the rock beat. I ended up changing my lesson plan last minute from using body percussion to allow students to make themselves into a drum kit, to using chairs and drumsticks to let students practice playing a rock beat on a kind of make shift drum kit - using the seat as a snare, the back of the chair as a hi-hat and their foot to imitate a kick.

I think with some more planning and a few tweaks this would be a great starter activity to engage students and get them musicking in the very beginning of the lessons.

Improvising and being flexible during my lessons has always been one of my best skills and usually benefits my teaching enormously (and certainly did on prac and in my own teaching), however in assessment tasks I need to learn to trust the preparation I've done and stick to the plan.

One of my favourite activities from this week was cutting together the recordings we did in MUED4002 Week 3 of Taylor Swift's Love Story to make a mini music video. I've really been enjoying this approach in both Technology in Music Education and Popular Music of mini project based learning assignments and learning skills on the go with real incentives. I haven't quite finished putting the video together but hopefully I'll be able to post it here soon!

I've also been enjoying using more technology in my own teaching. This weekend one of my students came in with the hiccups and was having difficulty singing, so we took the opportunity to use the FlipSamples app James had introduced to me in week 1 to make a backing track for one of the songs she is singing. I was able to give her a brief run down of a rock beat and the different parts of the drum kit, but I also noticed that it really made her listen to more of the song than just the melody, and she began observing claps and clicks in different parts of the song. She also was paying more attention to the structure of the song, observing the varies chorus, pre chorus and verses which was really awesome to see. In one activity, she was able to perform, compose and listen to create a final outcome she was able to then show her parents.

This is my mini performance (and a little demo on how we put it together) of the loops we made for Welcome To New York.

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