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 Schools – A 10 week (10 lesson) unit of Turntablism is available. This unit is ideal for Y5 and Y6 learners. Each lesson is written to last between 45 mins to an hour. This is priced at £600.
Secondary Schools – A 10 week (10 lesson) unit of Turntablism is available. This unit is ideal for Y7 to post 16 learners. Each lesson is written to last between 45 mins to an hour. This is priced at £600.
Both of the above options include training, hire of the equipment to cater for up to 32 learners and a year's access to the online planning, resources and tutorial videos. This package can offer exceptional value for money as there is no limit to the number of pupils who can take part in the lessons in your school. In the past, we have had schools deliver the scheme to over 650 of their pupils resulting in the cost coming down to less than £1 per pupil!
Please see the feature videos below to watch the turntablism units in action in both primary and secondary settings.
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
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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