Simply Music (http://www.simplymusic.ie) is a Percussion Performance Workshop, incorporating Interactive Technology and Live Music Performance. It has been specifically designed to support the music curriculum for primary level for both students and teachers and is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and approved by The Department of Education and Skills. The model has been designed to enhance learning for different cognitive styles through the introduction of technology as a learning tool. The content is based on the 3 strands of the primary school curriculum for music:
1. Listening and Responding
In November 2011 Simply Music received a "Highly Commended" European Award for its use of Technology in Education as part of the MEDEA Awards Ceremony, which took place during the Media & Learning Conference 2011 in Brussels.
This European competition rewards excellence and creativity in media in education and this year the competition attracted 115 entries from 28 countries.
This video submitted was created initially as part-fulfillment of an M.Sc in Education and Training Management (E-Learning) in Dublin City University 2009-2011, receiving a First Class Honours Degree.
Aim of the MEDEA Awards:
The aim of the MEDEA Awards is to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education. The awards also recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources.
The MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media 2011 honour the best entry submitted by teachers, students, learners, parents, professors, individual or organisational representatives in primary education, secondary education, higher education, adult education, vocational education and/or training.
As a result of winning the Highly Commended Award, Simply Music was recently approached by MEDEA2020 (http://medea2020.eu/news/project/march-issue-media-learning-news-promotes-medea2020-workshops) regarding European CPD development.
Medea2020: Philip Penny from IADT, Dún Laoghaire / Sally Reynolds, ATiT, Belgium (http://atit.be/about-us), have come on board regarding opportunities for CPD development in Europe and subsequently an article on Simply Music’s achievements was published by MEDEA2020, in the March issue of the European Media& Learning News newsletter: http://news.media-and-learning.eu/march-2012
MEDEA2020 have now come on board and will be advertising their association, though their European marketing network, with Simply Music’s CPD programme this August in the National Concert Hall: http://nch.ie/online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=70F74F52-C223-417E-8546-47D372D09172&sessionlanguage=
They will video one session during the week long CPD course in the Concert Hall in order to showcase the course across their European network.
Simply Music is delighted to have been accepted onto Dublin City Council’s Artists’ Panel 2012 and looks forward to new projects in the year ahead.
Workshops can be tailored to suit your organisations requirements and we will work with you to plan a series of workshops or a single work as required.