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#1 pianoteachermilly

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:08

Hi, hope you can help me

I am a primary school teacher, specialising in music and I have just gained an interview with the music service in my LEA to become an instrumental teacher. I am a pianist and have also taught recorder in schools. The questions for the interview are somewhat daunting! I am expected to know suitable pieces for teaching up to GCSE standard (so grade 4/5) but as I have never taught beyond grade 3 (for various reasons my students just haven't wanted to continue with exams) I am a little unsure of suitable pieces at this level.

Should I

a) come clean and say as much at the interview

b) mug up on pieces, repertoire, etc and hope that I can remember it all

c) write down some information and hope I am allowed to take it in to the interview with me!

 

Any advice is gratefully received. I so want this job!

 


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:12

I'd mug up a few classic examples across a range of styles. I don't think they would ask you for a massive list.


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:15

Thanks, that is what I had thought, but don't want to get caught out! I need to have an idea of what I'd teach and why...off I go to google!

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 10:05

Should I
a) come clean and say as much at the interview
b) mug up on pieces, repertoire, etc and hope that I can remember it all
c) write down some information and hope I am allowed to take it in to the interview with me!


You should do all three. But do not lie about your experience, or even try to "put a gloss" on it. Apart from being immoral, it always gets found out.

I am sure that the majority of your students will be nowhere near Grades 4 and 5, and if you can teach to Grade 3 with success, then I'd expect you to manage just as well with the higher grades, so long as you can play well beyond that standard yourself.
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 10:07

Just look at the syllabus lists and pick a handful of pieces.  I don't think you should stress about it too much.  

 

If you could link your examples to what the GCSE syllabus requires - so much the better.  So (making up a syllabus here) "The syllabus requires a contrast in styles, so The Maple Leave Rag, which  provides examples of syncopated rhythm and a vamping left hand style,  could provide a contrast piece to a Bach prelude. . . ."  Apologies for those random selections at lord knows what grades - they were just the two examples that popped into my head.


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:10

What would you do if one of your students suddenly announced a desire to sit grade 5? Do the same in preparation for this interview. It needn't be stressful. :D


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 14:59

If you're worried you'll forget some of the repertoire that's less familiar to you, could you maybe take in some sheet music with you that you've annotated in pencil and use it as a visual aid to help point out some of the features of that piece that make it a good choice at grade X ?


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 17:45

Perhaps remember the sorts of lists you would refer to to gain the information: "in order to suit a broad range of pupils, I can refer to ABRSM, Trinity, LCM, VCM and MTB current and previous grade lists, plus those for Jazz, and refer to the previous lists of approved material from Edexcel and AQA, plus there is bags of graded material for piano such as what else can I play, Upgrade, Teachers' Favourites... For ensemble work, the Music Medals books at Platinum Level would suit the required standard for GCSE and there are some very nice mid-grade recorder anthologies such as the Trinity anthologies, Concert Repertoire for Recorder and some study books which have some good tuneful content." Then memorise a few examples of individual pieces in a range of styles, so you are then in a position to say "I know this much and I know where to find out more when I need to". 


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 20:18

Is it normal these days to be given the questions in advance of an interview?  Seems a bit odd to me.


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 21:20

Sounds really like the interviewers have used a teaching diploma viva as a model for their interview.  For this they'd expect you to bring examples of what you would teach and to explain why, so you need have no compunction about taking in notes / annotated scores I would say.  (If my hunch is correct it may be as well to be prepared to demonstrate whatever you bring too.)


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 00:56

Is it normal these days to be given the questions in advance of an interview?  Seems a bit odd to me.


This information could easily be from the job specification.
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