Business Teaching Presentation: Task 8

As part of my business course, I had to deliver a presentation to the class about the masterclass experience. I made a Power Point that was used during my presentation, which I have uploaded onto here.

Check it out: Teaching Presentation Task 8 Business


Masterclass Review – My Opinion

After doing my masterclass, I have looked back on my lesson plan to review, in my own opinion, how it went.

Personally, I feel that my masterclass went well, but was expecting it to be much different. It felt like it was very rushed due to the short time we had (20 minutes due to the 40 minute lunch break which had to be shortened to allow students to eat) and when looking back on my lesson plan, due to being nervous, I did miss a few things out.

STARTER ACTIVITY: The starter activity which was to discuss warm-ups and have each student give an idea, did not happen quite as I had planned. We did discuss why warm-ups were important and I gave out the work-sheet allowing students to see some of the warm ups that I personally do. However, as all of the students were quite shy and didn’t voice their opinion too much, I felt that they might feel slightly uncomfortable and embarrassed giving their ideas and examples for warms ups. Because of this I decided to stick with just discussing them and doing demonstrations myself, that they could join in with if they wanted to.

ACTIVITY 1: This activity is where we would talk about harmonies in music, and how they create a fuller, more textured song. In my plan I said that I would show a clip of a song, and then talk about the four vocal parts, but during the actual masterclass, I did this the other way round. I asked the students if they knew what the 4 main vocal parts are, they were all certain of the answer which was great. I did show the class a small section of the song by Destinys Child ‘Gospel Melody’, but at this point felt they became uninterested. After the clips had finished I asked is any body else had a clip they wanted to share. As I thought, nobody offered to share any music, so we moved onto learning Amazing Grace. – The lunch break only had 5 minutes left, so we decided to stop there and work on it next week. – 

ACTIVITY 2: Activity 2 was to learn the arrangement of Amazing Grace. This week 14 students turned up during the lunch break for my masterclass, compared to the 7 in the previous week. This was great! Although only alto and soprano vocal parts turned up, but this was not a big problem. I gave a print-out of the vocal score to each student so they could follow the music and played the mp3 version whilst they were eating their lunch so they could hear what it was going to sound like. When we started to practice Amazing Grace, we found that the soprano part was too high for the students. Because of this we decided to make the alto part the soprano, and drop the original soprano part down an octave to make the new alto part. This worked well and all of the students felt much more comfortable singing this. For the few people who did not read music, I played the mp3 version so that they had a guide to follow and could remember the pattern. When changing the vocal parts, some of the sharps or flats did not match on the garageband project, so there were a few off notes played during a run-through. Mrs Oakland, the music teacher, did accompany the vocals on piano which was really helpful when wanting to focus on a specific part. I think this section of the masterclass went really well, all of the students were enthusiastic to learn and seemed to enjoy the lesson. It was also a great experience for me to be able to see what it would be like to be a vocal tutor or work within a school environment.

REVIEW/PLENARY: The review did not happen as I expected. We did run out of time and I was not able to open a discussion about the masterclass. However, I did give out surveys for all of the students to answer, so this worked as a review as I asked good questions about how they found the masterclass and if they learnt anything. The feedback was very positive and I am really happy about that.

Masterclass Videos on YouTube

I have contacted the school that I did my masterclass at to ask for the ‘Amazing Grace’ performance video or audio that was done at the showcase. Hopefully I will be getting this very soon, and I will upload as soon as possible.

Teaching Permission Letter & Reply Slips

For my teaching, I had to get permission from parents or carers to video their child. I have scanned in the letter that I wrote to parents and some of the reply slips that I got back too.

I needed permission from parents for safeguarding issues, especially as it was in a school environment. Luckily all parents agreed for their child to be recorded for my masterclass which was really helpful!

Masterclass Feedback

As the second part of my masterclass was the last day of term, it was very difficult to get feedback from the students. However, I have now got the feedback and will be using 3 students as examples!

1. Did you enjoy the masterclass?

  • Yes, I really enjoyed the masterclass. Especially the 2nd part where we learnt Amazing Grace.
  • I enjoyed the masterclass because it was fun and gave me and my friends something different to do during lunchtimes.
  • I did enjoy it, but as it wasn’t a long amount of time, I thought it was quite rushed.

2.Do you feel you learnt something during the masterclass? E.g vocal warm ups and why they are important.

  • I did learn things in the masterclass. I thought the information given out on the worksheets and what Emily said throughout the lesson gave me good advice of how to sing.
  • Yes, I learnt a lot. The warm ups and harmony work was fun, and to have sheets to keep with examples on was really good.
  • Yes. I learnt some warm ups to do before I sing. But I didn’t really learn anything when we talked about harmonies.
3. Did you feel the class was well organised?
  • The class was really well organised. We were given work sheets, that were also shown on the projector, Emily had an mp3 of Amazing Grace and the sheet music to go with it. There was a problem about the soprano part being too high, but that was solved really quickly.
  • It was organised well. Because I don’t read music, the mp3 version was a great way to know what to sing.
  • It was really organised. There were lots of different hand outs to keep which was good.
4. Was the masterclass aimed at the right level for you?
  • I think so. I understood what was being said and could follow the speed of the class.
  • Yes. Nothing was too difficult. I thought I might have struggled, but the mp3 helped loads.
  • I think it was aimed more for people who were used to being in a choir. It was still fun, but just too hard for me.
5. Could you state any improvements that you would have made to the class?
  • Not really. The class was really good. Maybe we could’ve done more in the first half of the class though.
  • I think the class ran great as it was.
  • I would’ve used the mp3 more as we only heard that a few times even though Mrs Oakland was playing piano. The class would’ve been better if it was longer, because we would be able to spend more time on each thing.

I am pleased with the feedback that I have got from my masterclass.

I think that if I was to do my masterclass again, I would use the mp3 version more as I know that helped people a lot. I knew after I had done both parts of my masterclass that the students preferred actually learning the Amazing Grace arrangement, and this is shown in the feedback that I got.


Masterclass Part 2

Today I delivered the second part of my masterclass at South Wigston High School. Luckily this school did not break up until the Thursday, so I was able to finish my masterclass as we did not have enough time last week.

So the 2nd part consisted of me showing the students my Amazing Grace arrangement. Out of the 2 sessions, I feel the students were more interested and interactive with this part.

The session went really good, everything was organised well.

However, once we started to sing. We found out that the soprano part was too high for the students. The solution that we came up with was to bring the soprano part down an octave, making it the new alto part, and then making the original alto part the new soprano part. After we did this, it worked really well and was sounding great!

Masterclass Part 1

Today I delivered the first half of my masterclass to students at South Wigston High School! This part of my masterclass was focusing on the vocal warm ups and harmonies.

I think that it went well. Everything was organised properly, and ran smoothly. The time just seemed to go very very quickly.

The students were really enthusiastic and seemed interested in doing the warm ups, however, the harmony work did not seem to appeal to them as much. I think this may have been because they weren’t physically doing much during this part.