Using folk music and song in the classroom

Engage with and effectively use folk song and music to deliver and enhance the school curriculum

Date, time & location

14 June 2019, 9.30am – 4pm

English Folk Dance and Song Society, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road , London , NW1 7AY

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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 English Folk Dance and Song Society 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.