After the success of Concerto for Turntables as part of the BBC Ten Pieces Project, Leicestershire Schools Music Service and Lead for Music Technology, Bradley Smith, are proud to present this introductory unit of Turntablism. The goal of the project is simple: to give children in compulsory music education the opportunity to experience the versatile, exciting and dynamic art of Turntablism.
From the 2016 to 2018 academic years, the pilot version of the unit has been delivered across several secondary schools around Leicestershire and, with just one class set of equipment, has reached over 2500 pupils from KS3 to FE, mainstream to SEN. The feedback has been positive from pupils and teachers alike. Please see below for some quotes.
Tim Clay (Head of Performing Arts at St Martin's Catholic Voluntary Academy) said:
"I have nothing but the highest praise for this scheme of work and every lesson was ensured to contain high quality learning and enabled smooth delivery. The students were so engaged and all have made excellent progress. I wouldn't be surprised to see some students, as a result of this unit, consider taking GCSE music and using turntables as their instrument."
Craig Cubitt (Head of Performing Arts at Ivanhoe Specialist Technology Academy) said: "We managed to teach nearly all of our Year 7 students, half of our Years 8 and 9 students, more students in an extra lunchtime club and even some staff in after-school sessions – a total of about 650 people in all. The project was excellent, as was the equipment, and the scheme of work extremely well planned."
The unit of work has received media attention, being featured on BBC Radio Leicester and having a two page article feature in the national Music Teacher magazine. To read the article from Music Teacher, please click on the link below this text.
- Turntablism feature from Music Teacher Magazine (PDF, 2.6 Mb)
The New Equipment
Taking on feedback from the pilot version, new equipment and new versions of the units have been created. Instead of full size turntables, which commandeered a great deal of space in classrooms and limited independent practise opportunities, we are now using fully portable, lightweight turntables which allow for truly independent pupil practise and can be stored away easily after each lesson.
The New Unit Offer
Primary – A 6 and 12 lesson version of the unit has been written and differentiated for Primary schools. This unit is ideal for Y5 and Y6 learners. Each lesson is written to last between 45 mins to an hour.
Secondary – A revised 6 lesson unit and a 12 lesson unit has been created for secondary schools. With a variety of ways to differentiate the activities, these units can be taught from Y7 to FE. Each lesson is written to last between 45 mins to an hour.
Music Curriculum Outcomes and Assessment
Across the units, a variety of curricular outcomes can be taught and assessed:
- Pulse and Rhythm
- Graphic Notation (using an adapted version of a universally used turntable notation method)
- Performance (paired and independent)
- Composition (paired and independent)
- Melodic Performance and Composition (using our bespoke Class Cuts melodic scratch record)
- Exploring a diverse contemporary genre
- Appraisal, amendment and (self, peer and teacher) assessment opportunities
Bookings for Schools
With no limit to how many pupils in your school who can participate, offering excellent value per pupil, the standard offering for the turntablism units are as follows:
Option A: 6 lesson unit of work.
This is based around 6 lessons and includes loan of the equipment for 6 weeks. This is priced at £400.
Option B: 12 lesson unit of work.
This is based around 12 lessons and includes loan of the equipment for 12 weeks. This is priced at £700.
Discount for MAT or partnering up with a local school
If you are part of a Multi Academy Trust, or wish to partner up with another local school to help reduce the cost, please use the excel sheet (downloadable below) to create a bespoke package with an instant price quotation.
For instance, if you wish to have the unit in 3 schools in your MAT for the 12 lesson unit with 4 weeks of equipment hire, enter these details into the spread sheet to find out the cost.
Bespoke package for a single school
If you are a single school and wish to take on the unit outside of the standard 6 week or 12 week offering, the quote generator can also be used for this.
For example, if you wish to have the 6 lesson unit but only require the equipment for 3 weeks, you can enter this information to get a reduced price compared to the standard £400 for the 6 lesson unit with equipment loan for 6 weeks.
Access to Turntablism Unit Resources
By using the link below, you will be navigated to the Turntablism unit resources page for both Primary and Secondary units. This page requires a password which, once you have arranged a booking and start date with Bradley Smith, will be given to you to have access to for one year.
You will also need one more separate password to access the lesson slides. Again, this will be given to you when your booking and start date has been confirmed.
In order to allow young people across the country to access this exciting contemporary art form, we are seeking opportunities to work with other Music Hubs across the country in supporting the delivery of this unit further afield. We are willing to offer access to the unit teaching materials, training and support in purchasing and setting up class sets of equipment.
To discuss this opportunity further or to make a booking, please contact:
Lead for Music Technology
0116 305 0275
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