School INSET programme : Using folk music and song in the classroom

Fri Jun 14 2019 at 09:30 am to 04:00 pm
English Folk Dance and Song Society, Cecil Sharp House, London, United Kingdom

English Folk Dance and Song Society, Cecil Sharp House, London, United Kingdom

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About English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

EFDSS is the national folk arts development organisation for England. We champion the English traditional arts – music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.

Our Education department delivers creative learning projects with schools and music education hubs, youth holiday courses, London Youth Folk Ensemble, the National Youth Folk Ensemble, regular youth ceilidhs and events curated by our Youth Forum, and our new Folk Unlimited band for disabled young musicians.

About the INSET

This one-day course will enable teachers to engage with and effectively use folk song and music to deliver and enhance the school curriculum and learn about our dynamic, living, folk heritage.

The day will focus on two main areas:

Folk song: singing, arranging, creative song-writing

With reference to past projects and resources, we will demonstrate the effective use of folk song in the classroom across the Key Stages. From action songs and rounds, to songs with social, environmental and historical context that remain relevant today, we will explore how folk song can not only enhance your vocal strategy, but inspire creativity and support other areas of the curriculum.

Ceilidh band: learning folk tunes by ear, arranging and playing for dancing

Folk music is highly adaptive and suitable for all abilities. We will explore ways to teach a simple dance tune by ear to a group of mixed ability musicians. With guidance on differentiation, harmonies, technique and arrangement.

The EFDSS Resource Bank contains hundreds of freely downloadable resources to help educators bring folk arts to life in the classroom. Resources from this bank will be referenced throughout the day and will be available to access after the session.

Learning outcomes for participants

Increased knowledge and understanding of how to use folk music in the classroom, including:

 -       Teaching folk songs effectively and with confidence

-       Using folk tunes and songs as a starting point for creative music-making

-       Learning and teaching music by ear

-       Delivering other aspects of the curriculum. i.e. (Music, PE / Dance, Fundamental British Values, English and History)

-       Learning folk tunes to enable a mixed ability group

-       Understanding the social and historical context of folk music

-       Key links to our award-winning Resource Bank with free downloadable teachers’ packs and audio files.


Suitable for

Primary, Secondary and SEND school teachers.


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