Looking at Music, a composite report of forty-five subject inspection reports on the teaching and learning of Music in post-primary schools. Looking at Music is the result of an analysis of inspection reports undertaken in schools between January 2006 and May 2007. Inspectors of Music conducted the inspections in a range of second-level schools and across a variety of school programmes. The report presents observations on practice in the areas of subject provision and whole-school support, planning and preparation, teaching and learning, and assessment.
The key findings and recommendations in Looking at Music reflect the current role Music plays in the learning experiences of second-level students. It acknowledges and affirms the contribution made by teachers and school managers in supporting this role. Issues such as the gender imbalance and difficulties with the use of information and communication technology in the music classroom are just two areas highlighted in the report. It is hoped that the highlighting of these and other issues will make a positive contribution to the teaching and learning of Music.
Looking at Music is a summary of what inspectors found during school visits and reflects closely current practice in the teaching of Music at post-primary level. I am confident that the report will provide a solid base of advice and support and that it will encourage dialogue, assist in the process of self review, and provide suggestions for improvement in schools and among teachers.