1. How confident do you feel about music?
b. Quite confident
1. What is your experience of learning to play a musical instrument? a. I can and still do play a musical instrument (But only occasionally nowadays)
1. If you did play a musical instrument in your youth but have since given up, what was your reason for this? (choose the most suitable option below) c. I was too busy with other things/interests
1. How do you rate your ability in music? a. I think I’m quite musical (and play an instrument/sing)
1. What were your experiences of music in the primary school as a pupil? (choose the most suitable option below) a. Singing around the piano with the music teacher
b. Playing tuned/ untuned percussion instruments and/or recorder d. Singing in a choir and/or musical shows
1. What was your most significant (positive or negative) experience of music in primary school? b. I loved playing the musical instruments
1. How would you rate your ability to read musical notation? b. Have a basic grounding but may be a little rusty
1. How much do you enjoy music in your day-to-day life? a. I enjoy listening to music and have distinct likes and dislikes of certain types of music
1. How important is music to you? b. I enjoy music and feel it enhances some things
1. Of the four curricular areas listed below, which of these are you most (if at all) apprehensive about teaching? c. PE
While I am by no stretch a musical genius I have an idea of the basics and managed to make it to grade 5 with my piano playing. I do feel slightly apprehensive when it comes to teaching music but this is simply because of the pressure I feel to recreate the stunningly high quality music education I was given. Throughout primary and secondary school I was lucky enough to have music teachers who were incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about their subject and they spread a love for music through all their pupils. My music teachers were a real inspiration to me and have contributed to my desire to become a teacher as I hope I can bring the same level of enthusiasm and joy to all the subjects I teach. While I was in primary school I attended choir, recorder classes, piano lessons, orchestra and we had music lessons and singing assembly’s. As it was a church school we also attended ceremonies within the church which always involved music and we sang hymns during every assembly. Although I never took on the religion the sense that music is important and should be a large part of school life has stuck with me throughout my education, I can still remember my disappointment when I realised you didn’t sing during assemblies at my secondary school. The fact that our musical life within the school was spread across all the year groups it also helped to create a strong community feeling inside the school and my memory of primary school was everyone knowing each other and getting on, although it was a relatively small, middle class school within a well-off Cambridge suburb which probably helped us all get along as we were all having relatively easy childhoods. The music department within my secondary school was also incredible, they produced incredibly talented children year after year who go on to do incredibly well in life, two of my peers now attend the Royal Academy of Music. However once I moved to Scotland and spent my last two school years doing my highers I attended a school which valued high grades a great deal and pushed its pupils to achieve the most they could but completely ignored music and other expressive arts. They had a sparse number of extra curricular music activities which hardly any pupils attended and were rarely advertised. This school produced one Christmas concert which ended up being cancelled both years I was there and that was the only celebration of the music department within the school. This stark contrast really showed me the importance of music within a school and has made me really determined to overcome any concerns I have over teaching music and ensure that the class I teach take on my enjoyment of music and let it change the way they see school life.