Music Tracks, from Trinity College London, is a new initiative designed to support music teachers in delivering Wider Opportunities and other first access programmes through brand new teaching resources and support, resources for learners, and specially created whole-class and small-group repertoire – including backing tracks and other multi-media resources.
The Music Tracks First Access Track helps teachers take their young learners on a musical exploration around the world where they can discover a wide range of musical styles and genres including – amongst many others – Salsa, African Township, Funk and Folk music. The repertoire has been specially written to inspire learners’ musical creativity, and support teachers in assessing and delivering effective whole class instrumental and vocal teaching.
The Music Tracks Log Book provides a musical record of each learner’s journey through the programme. Learners will work towards Arts Award Discover, and will receive an Arts Award certificate, recognising their creative and musical skills development. Discover provides an introduction to Arts Award’s qualifications which support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders.
Initial, Track 1 and Track 2 builds on the skills learned in the First Access Track so that instrumental learners, working in small groups, can work towards their Initial, Track 1 or Track 2 certificates (equivalent to Initial, Grade 1 and Grade 2 instrumental exams). Not only are learners taught together, they also take their exam together, playing specially written music that highlights both ensemble playing as well as individual musical ability.
The First Access Track will be available from September 2013 and we’re inviting music education hubs and services to book an information session with us or book our free Music Tracks Taster workshop to learn more about these exciting and innovative assessment approaches.