Delivering Music Instruction Remotely – North Ayrshire Music Service – From the MIE Scotland Blog

I am Rosslyn Lee and I am the Digital Skills Coordinator for North Ayrshire Education.  Part of my job is to support staff and pupils in our schools with all aspects of digital learning and teaching.  I became a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in 2017 as I recognised the value to my professional learning as well as my training role.  Completing courses on the MEC is a great way of keeping up to date with O365  developments as well as providing me with opportunities for professional learning, not available elsewhere.

 

The North Ayrshire Music Service consisting of 23 peripatetic instructors has been and continues to be very successful in delivering music instruction across the authority.  North Ayrshire young musicians regularly achieve great success at the Ayrshire Music Festival as soloists and ensembles.  There are two authority ensembles who take part in the annual National Concert Band Festival, again achieving success within Scotland as well as at the national finals.

The Music Service has used a phone app for several years to distribute information to pupils and all staff have their own laptop to digitally record pupil achievements.  Microsoft Office365 through Glow is the platform that the Music Service utilise.   Use has also been made of a staff Sharepoint site for a number of years.  This is maintained by the Music Service Admin Officer.   However, the current COVID-19 crisis has had a huge impact on the delivery of their service.

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