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Out of the Ark Workshops






 

Out of the Ark Music are now offering CPD / training in the form of specially designed workshops for teachers, delivered via Music Hubs' conferences, events and network meetings and for individual schools by special request. The workshops help to build a teacher’s confidence and skills but also spark creativity and imagination in and out of the classroom. All our workshop leaders are singing/music specialists – educational professionals – experienced in developing and delivering singing in schools.



We currently have 3 workshops:

  • WORKSHOP 1 - Where Can A Song Take You? A Creative Journey
  • WORKSHOP 2 - A Singing School Is A Successful School
  • WORKSHOP 3 - Winning Warm-ups

WORKSHOP 1
Where Can A Song Take You? A Creative Journey.

This workshop will show you how to use singing as the basis for delivering the National Curriculum for music. Our workshop leaders who are singing/music specialists experienced in developing and delivering singing in schools, will help you learn how to get more than you ever thought possible from your favourite songs. Using the completely refreshed and updated Songs for EVERY series as a foundation, you will learn how to unpack any song and make it the springboard for a fun, fresh and imaginative learning journey, relevant to any subject. This session will help you think outside the box and spark creativity and imagination in and out of the classroom. You will leave with a comprehensive list of song resources and the expertise to apply them flexibly to support learning in curricular subjects.

Included in the session:

  • Easy to learn, catchy songs you’ll love to sing.
  • Curriculum activities with practical, creative examples to show how using a song can support music lessons as well as the wider school curriculum.
  • Video content showing real-life examples of music activities in the classroom.
  • Learn to use Words on Screen™ – our fabulous teaching tool, which makes teaching and performing songs easy for anyone!


Fantastic resources to take away including:

  • Fabulous lesson plans – start teaching right away!
  • Access to three free songs to use across your classroom or school.
  • Inspiring cross-curricular ideas – energize learning across the curriculum.
  • Music activities – learn a song and use it to teach the national music curriculum.

Duration: Ideally 1½ hours.



WORKSHOP 2
A Singing School Is A Successful School

Grounded in solid research, ‘A Singing School Is A Successful School’ is a workshop aimed at every teacher in every school. This workshop will show you how you can use music to improve literacy and numeracy etc; promote well-being and team spirit through whole-school singing; and influence mood/attention in the classroom. With loads of fabulous free resources, the session has been designed to allow attendees to incorporate great new ideas into their teaching right away.

You will receive clear guidance on:

  • How you can use music to support curriculum areas from phonics and literacy to numeracy.
  • How active engagement with singing can have an enormous impact on pupils’ intellectual, social and personal development.
  • How whole-school singing, especially in assemblies, can promote team spirit and create a collaborative learning environment.
  • How to influence mood and attention in the classroom through the use of music.

Time permitting, the workshop will include:

  • A couple of fun warm-ups.
  • Practical examples of how to use songs to support different learning styles across the general school curriculum.
  • Great tips on how to teach songs and get the most out of them, using Take 5 Styles and Good Morning as examples.
  • Introduction to the resource pack, which includes:
    • Lesson plans for 5-9s and 7-11s.
    • Play-Doh and ‘Top Trumps’ activities (amongst many others).
    • Curriculum activities with practical, creative examples showing how songs can support music lessons as well as the wider school curriculum.
  • Introduction to our Words on Screen™ software, guaranteeing that any teacher, no matter what their own musical ability might be, will feel confident teaching songs and delivering great-quality music resources across the school curriculum.
  • Video content showing real-life examples of music activities in school.

Duration: Ideally 3 hours (cut-down 2 hour format also available).



WORKSHOP 3
Winning Warm-ups

Whether on a sports field or stage, a theatre or the concert hall, footballers, tennis stars, actors and musicians all understand the vital importance of warming up to achieve top performance.

The muscles and soft tissues that are involved in singing are delicate but, with a properly-organised, focussed warm-up that treats them with a little bit of TLC, they are capable of achieving amazing things! 

This workshop, aimed primarily at non-specialists, will show you some essential easy-to-use techniques that will develop and protect young voices, and get you and your kids singing better and for longer.

Included in the session:

  • A comprehensive 7-step plan to get young voices warmed-up and ready to sing.
  • Great fun 'vocal stories' to help you and your kids remember the steps to a winning warm-up, and in the right order.
  • An introduction to the Sing™ Warm-ups book, and clear advice in how best to incorporate these great songs into your warm-up routine.
  • Free resources:
    • Access to two free warm-ups to start using straight away.
    • A handy quick reference sheet (including steps to a great vocal warm-up and printed copies of the vocal stories)
    • Learn to use Words on Screen™ – our fabulous new teaching tool, makes teaching and performing songs easy for anyone!
    • A straw!
    • Discount code for a really great deal on Sing™ Warm-ups book and CD.

Time permitting, the workshop will include:

  • Practical advice on how warming up properly will get the most out of your young singers.
  • Great tips to make sure that your warm-up is as fun and effective as it can be.
  • A thorough introduction to Words on Screen™, our exciting teaching tool – great for those classroom teachers less confident with their singing!
  • Resource pack that will allow attendees to improve their warm-up routine right away.

Duration: Minimum 30 minutes, ideally 45 minutes.



For more information or to book an Out of the Ark Workshop for your school (UK ONLY), academy chain or Music Hub, please contact Anna Edwards anna@outoftheark.com / Tel: 0208 481 7200

 
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