Music Mark have published new research by Prof Susan Hallam which observed 22 examples of high quality Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (First Access). A series of short films have also been made to support teacher’s professional development.
The report gives a number of key findings, which include:
- WCET is more successful where children have experience of high quality general class music lessons prior to WCET.
- Head teachers recognise the value of the programme in developing the intellectual, personal and social skills of the children.
- WCET teachers need to have high expectations of what participating children can achieve.
- Differentiation through high quality music materials and arrangements is required to meet the musical needs of all children.
The Executive Summary and Full Report can be downloaded here which also has some of the short films.