Feedback on ABC resources:
for ABC Creative Music Online feedback go here
Singing Pack feedback
"The singing pack provides clear guidelines and instructions for the class teacher to use. The CD's and the DVD are very useful and can be used seperately or together. The greatest advantage of the pack is its flexibility. The lessons and activities are easily transferrable to any topic and allows the pupils greater scope for personalisation and choice as well as cross curricular links. It is very CfE friendly. The activities are practical and fun. When the pupils were told they were 'doing' music, there was a collective 'Yes!' from the class. The emphasis on performance is great and this was proven when the pupils performed their own raps at their class assembly. It went down a treat." Simon Leitch, Bellfield Primary School
"The ABC Singing Pack is a valuable resource to have in the classroom,
especially for teachers who are not as confident in delivering music.
Super, fun warm-ups which I have used at assembly and in the classroom.
A great resource!" Roseanne Smith, Primary Class Teacher East Ayrshire
"The children are enjoying the music and the variety of fun activities,
eg raps." Ailsa Walker, Primary Class Teacher East Ayrshire
"Children in P5/6 and in P6/7 have enjoyed writing both raps/blues. At
first some children find singing quite daunting but they
develop more confidence as they practise. I can see a real change in
them as we progress through the Journeys."
Rhona Crawford, Primary Class Teacher, Dunlop PS, East Ayrshire
ASN/SEN Pack feedback
"a great resource- easy to use and enjoyed by the children.
an easy resource to use and the kids love it.....fantastic....jack amazed us with his responses and amazed himself.....great rhythm practice....children respond well to abc packs
and it is straight forward to follow
Park Special School. East Ayrshire
"For everyone in the school who are not musically trained and very intimidated
by a music program it's been a really simple resource just to let them use and have
a great effect with the children. It's just so simple...the children can take part and make
their own music on their own level.. but you can also see the progression as the
children get a bit older. It's been really really welcomed by the staff I think first of all its a very simple resource to use everything is clearly laid out, very colourful.. the overall effect of the programme within the school is just that the children absolutely and utterly enjoy every moment."
Rhoda MacDougall, Headteacher, Lochies School, Clackmannanshire
ABC General feedback
"A B C Music is fantastic!
To me the letters represent - - -
A - Absolutely
B - Brilliant for non
C - Classroom teachers
Having experienced a variety of music schemes within the primary
sector A B C Music arrived as a breath of fresh air.
No complicated musical vocabulary or notation yet the same skills
covered in a user friendly scheme. Ideal for non-musical teachers.
Each section of the scheme is explained step by step and all resources
Initially I piloted this scheme with primary four and progressed
to working with every stage in our school, assisting every stage
Kirkstyle Primary School have now adopted A B C Music as our core
scheme and our staff feel that we have finally found a music programme
which is accessible to all.
The staff are comfortable and our children love it!
The support system is great. Follow up support visits are personal,
positive and reassuring.
In my personal opinion this is a fantastic scheme which I would
recommend for the Primary Sector.
Well done A B C for finding a teacher friendly resource which
incorporates all the required skills without the worries for staff
of not being a music specialist.
A last word from the children themselves---
P4- “Great it’s time for music!”
P7- “I really like this Mrs McLean!”
P2- “I’m a great monster!”
P6- “Can we play my name is Tom?”
From myself – I really feel this scheme is perfectly suited
to the “Curriculum for Excellence” as it encourages
children to become independent learners and relates totally to
all requirements of this document."
Primary 2 Classroom & Music Support Teacher,
Kirkstyle Primary School,
Feedback from a teachers using the
Global Citizenship Through Music Pack
"Whenever ABC produce something it
is guaranteed to be a success with teachers and children alike.
There is always a very clear progression and the instructions
are fool proof!
I have really enjoyed using GCTM with P7's/Year 6. The children
have also really enjoyed learning about and playing the rhythms
from Cuba, India, Scotland and Africa. The Dvd and CD have been
a great help with this and we have had a lot of fun while
rehearsing towards performance. Although directed at class
teachers the pack would also be extremely useful for music specialists
I like the way children are also encouraged to listen to world
music and then to use ICT and download music from iTunes. Thanks
for putting this very useful pack together."
C.A Music Specialist, Duddingstion Primary School, Edinburgh
a fantastic resource! I have never seen children so excited about
Alet Swanepoel, Craigour Park Primary School, Edinburgh
"Thank you for a very interesting
and informative training session on Friday
afternoon. There was a lot of information but it was made easy
to take in. Thanks.
The resource seems very comprehensive and thorough and it appears
have thought through all aspects of the program...... it looks
great, interesting, fun and
easy to deliver. I look forward to starting." S.P.
P7 Class teacher, Edinburgh
from John Wilson , Quality Assurance Officer East Ayrshire Council
Music P4 Pilot (Youth Music Initiative)
"ABC Creative Music was commissioned
by East Ayrshire to devise a Creative Music Resource for the Primary
4 stage as part of our implementation plan for YMI. The material
was launched at a teachers’ in-set at the end of January
2005 and is now being used in 10 pilot schools involving approximately
550 pupils in 18 classes with a further 12 schools already signed
up for phase 2.
The inset day was excellent. Here’s what some teachers said:
“a great experience and great fun!”, “I can’t
wait to try this with my class”, and “professionally
delivered in a thoroughly understandable way”.
Key to the success of the partnership with ABC Caber Enterprises
has been the ongoing support through the school visit programme.
These visits, coupled with a series of follow-up training days,
have really empowered and enthused staff and have contributed
immensely to the long-term sustainability of the programme.
The methodology and the materials develop pupils’ self-confidence
and give them the skills with which to express themselves in a
musical and imaginative way. Finally and most importantly the
feedback from pupils has been fantastic, “pupils really
love the ABC Creative Music experience.”
Primary Headteachers Feedback in Whole
School Pilot in Edinburgh
(ABC resources used in Nursery to P7)
" I have never known staff to be so enthusiastic about a
pilot project. It
has made the staff highly motivated in the area of music and brought
joy to the school. The kids love the resources, it's so full of
Thankyou!" Sheila Laing,
Headteacher, Forthview Primary School, Edinburgh.
"a super resource brings music alive
in a school
It's so much fun for the kids and staff- an easy way to meet the
needs of a school" David
Fleming, Headteacher, Dalry Primary, Edinburgh
"Staff in the middle and upper stages
are looking forward with anticipation
Great Feedback from Upper Primary
Module 1 (P5 age 9/10) Pilot
to using these materials with older pupils and will be undertaking
in the new year. Infant children and their teachers have been
materials so much we all want to join in the fun while developing
extending the musical abilities all children (and adults!!) possess"
Jan Paterson, Headteacher, Newcraighall
Dumfries and Galloway P5 Primary Pilot feedback shows the ABC
method allows non-musical classroom teachers to deliver creative
music education in mainstream schools ABC Creative Music now have
classroom resources being used in Primary Schools across Scotland
from P1 to P7 and are now being seen as a serious provider of
solutions to major strategic challenges in music education.
“The children love this resource and have lots of fun! They
are learning so
much without feeling under pressure. This method has given me
to teach music!” Dumfries and Galloway Classroom Teacher.
“This pilot has been very positive. It’s a new way
of approaching Creative
Music that provides structure and progression. The children have
very enjoyable and learnt from it. Also, I have found that some
surprise me by what they can do and how they approach it. This
enjoyed by both teacher and children!”
Anne Halliday, Classroom Teacher, Glenzier School, Dumfries and
“It’s so different to traditional music in schools,
which is very
refreshing. This is a novel approach that can be taught by classroom
teachers that the children have latched on to...”
Linda Kerr, Classroom Teacher, Dumfries and Galloway.
“Very enjoyable so far, I’ve had people passing my
room and popping in to
see what’s going on as the children sound like they’re
having alot of fun!
For the non-specialist music teacher it is encouraging to have
some idea of
what to do with music in a constructive and enjoyable way. The
lively and this stimulates the children more..”
Irene Stakounis, Classroom Teacher, Dumfries and Galloway.
“ The children have really enjoyed the pilot. It seems at
the right level
for them. They smile through the activities! There’s no
right or wrong-
every child’s contribution is of equal value....”
Hazel Hubbert, Classroom teacher, Dumfries and Galloway.
“The children are thoroughly enjoying this pilot. They are
enthusiastic about my music lessons!! The pack is very straightforward
teach and covers the expected strands in the musical curriculum.
It makes me
feel much more confident to implement music with my class.. If
I can manage
to teach this anyone can!”
Classroom Teacher, Dumfries and Galloway.
“This is for everybody, not just pupils or teachers who
have a flair for
music. All children are very confident about it and desperate
Classroom Teacher, Dumfries and Galloway.
“This Pilot has given me a creative music programme to follow
addresses 5-14 expectations, linking in with other areas of the
in listening, watching and performing. The children are actively
enjoying and progressing with this pilot.
Annie Thompson, Collin School, Dumfries and Galloway.
“Children are participating and co-operating in a very happy
way. They are
feeling succesful and confident about using instruments.”
Annete Mcneil, Classroom Teacher, Dumfries and Galloway.
Feedback on using the
ABC method with teenagers playing in a Jazz big band (written
by their teacher Jane Morton of Shetland Youth Jazz in the Shetland
" Tom Bancroft, the powerhouse
drummer, Phil Bancroft, an awesome saxophone player were in Shetland
( with their group Trio AAB) to work with teachers and school
pupils and ended their visit with a slightly different jazz night
at the Shetland Hotel. As in true improvisation, we didn't know
what was about to take place; it had always been difficult to
plan and explain what kind of jazz night thiswould be - 7.30pm
approached and the audience were enjoying pre-concert drinks in
Inside, the "human piano" was going through some final
fine-tuning. Then a "little" later than planned, what
turned out to be a fantastically supportive and enthusiastic audience
surged through the doors, and with the "posse" of now
nearly fearless young Shetland musicians waiting in the
wings, Trio AAB took to the stage.
These 20 or so young musicians had spent their day being injected
with positive enthusiasm, creative energy and much humour by Tom
and Phil Bancroft. It was a lull before the storm for them, relaxing
to the incredible combination of sounds from Trio AAB, who gave
us three of their own compositions... demonstrating their formidable
talents and musical calibre.
The members of Shetland Youth Jazz (SYJ) then joined Trio AAB
for two numbers, My Funny Valentine and The Preacher, that demonstrated
how much SYJ had gained from just two hours of rehearsal with
Tom and Phil. It was a huge challenge and a big step into the
unknown for most to take a solo. However, it had been made possible
by the Bancrofts' innovative and ground-breaking system of teaching
improvisation and supported creativity.
Trio AAB continued the entertainment with more of their flowing
group improvisation ...before all the young people joined them
on the stage for the final showdown. This was the performance
of Sch-Wee Norman, a composition created only a few hours earlier
incorporating ideas written by each of the workshop participants
and developed into a piece full of raw creative energy. Performing
something so new, fresh and which belonged to them, brought out
a real sense of enjoyment and energy.
As teachers we'd had two days of In-Set training with Tom and
Phil Bancroft. The workshop and concert allowed us to see the
In-Set training put into practice. The result was beyond anything
expected and the comment that stands out for me at the end of
the night was that these children had just had one of the most
valuable musical experiences they would ever have - it
was certainly that for me. This has to be repeated. Our thanks
to everyone involved. Trio AAB - please come back soon.
" Jane Morton
Feedback on using the ABC Nursery Pack
"We have been using the ABC Nursery
pack every day for 3 years, it is brilliant "
Claire Lennox, Nursery Manager,
Old Oak Nursery, Dunkeld
"I think your Nursery pack is FANTASTIC!
The opportunities for links to other areas of the curriculum are
well-planned….I think the materials as a whole are exciting
and pitched perfectly to match both the Curriculum Guidance for
the Foundation Stage and the essence of what Early Years education
is striving to achieve"
Cath Atherden, Regional
Music Advisor, Bury, Manchester
"User friendly pack, loaded with
ideas to use as the pack and great ideas to do in isolation...for
music ed in an integrated curriculum......the clarity of the pack
allows it to be accessible to all levels
of practitioner...Very impressed! After teaching in many and varied
contexts over the past 5 years I have recently been quite disappointed
at how lacking the UK is in the area of arts education ,
especially in Early Childhood so I am glad to see this pack making
a colourful and creative impact.. I want to take it back to Australia
Kate Oudyn, Nursery
Staff Support, Midlothian
"...the children and staff have received
many benefits from this pack:......The children's knowledge of
colours, numbers and shapes has increased greatly. ... They are
learning to play the instruments
and have become really skilled at listening to the beat and rhythm
...are now recognising the difference between their left hand
and their right hand through the red hand and blue hand games...
The children have learned a lot of new songs, games and types
of music, and they now find it a lot more enjoyable."
Lorna Southam, Tiny
Tots Nursery North Lanarkshire
(after using the ABC Nursery Pack for 2 months)
Comments from teachers already using ABC
Primary and Instrumental Packs in Primary Schools
"Children gained immensely from this
and one of the shyest ever children was the leader- BRILLIANT!
Wonderfully involving, and the children loved doing it. I found
out how much the class needed rhythm work. Children in one class
are like wet cement. To my surprise, several came up at the end
of school & said "Could we do it more?""
Betsy Barker, Primary
Music Specialist, E. Lothian
"I think it is really good. I'm not
a jazzer, but it got hold of me as soon as I put on the CD. When
you're trying to play solos, people tend to play loads of notes,
but with these resources, students
right away start using a structure, using repetition or contrast.
AABA phrases really makes sense to people. It all made sense,
I really enjoyed it. I found it very clear and simple in approach,
can be incorporated in all age groups. It's very logical and good
John McCrory, Instrumental
Instructor, S Lanarkshire
Non-Jazz Specialist using Instrumental Pack
Feedback to In-Service Training
"Thanks for the great In-Service,
it was much appreciated. All the evaluation was excellent. All
the people are wanting more and thought you produced a fun and
Joy Brockley, Education
Department, Aberdeen City Council
In-service for Nursery Teachers & Primary Music Specialists.
Feedback on the Youth Pack
"an excellent tool for aiding exploration
of group composition, with clearly laid out information and methodology.
Also an ideal complement to instrumental teaching",
Conrad Molleson, Youth
Music Worker, Midlothian Council
The Times Educational Supplement
described the ABC Method as follows:
"Ground-breaking methods of teaching
music & in-service training initiatives.... a sophisticated
teaching pack for nursery & primary use. Their approach is
holistic, aimed at developing a system which will guide youngsters
from nursery level through to the 11-18 age group. their interest
in psychology is reflected in the conceptual basis underpinning
the practical aspect of their methods. They work with ideas such
as "Early Creativity", "Supported Creativity"
... On a practical level,
their system of teaching works with very simple building blocks
designed to give immediate confidence & to overcome some of
the inherent fears which can hold back the creative process, at
whatever level of experience...The approach is adaptable to almost
any level of ability, aptitude or experience.... they employ simple
concepts and easy verbal methods in the first instance, building
musical structures through choosing from pre-defined elements
.... Last week's session demonstrated clearly the efficacy of
these ideas, both in composition and improvisation. The way in
which the compositions blossomed before their eyes was more than
satisfactory evidence of the methodology's success."
TES Scot 12/4/02
Imagine every Primary School concert
including songs and tunes composed by the children who perform
Imagine every Primary School concert including improvisation...
Imagine beginner instrumentalists using improvisation as a way
of learning notes and being able to enjoy their new skills...
"Too many of our children pass from
childhood to adulthood with desperately low expectations, narrow
experience, limited skills, battered self-confidence and stifled
creativity, meaning they are ill-equipped to realise their full
potential either as individuals or as active citizens in their
Peter Jenkinson, National
Director, Creative Partnerships, Arts Council of England
"the provision of music tuition to
Primary Age children is barely adequate in some areas, and almost
non-existent in many others...it would appear that there has been
a historical over-emphasis upon performance, at the expense of
composition/improvisation...provision is still dominated by the
re-creation of existing music"
What's Going On? A National
Audit of Youth Music in Scotland 2003
Of 6 Provision Gaps identified in the
Scottish Youth Music audit where "it is felt that targeted
support for these areas, across formal and informal sectors, should
be a funding priority" 2 of them are :
- projects/tuition seeking to develop
creativity through music eg composition, improvisation, interdisciplinary
- projects/tuition for work with under-fives
and post school young people
What's Going On? A National
Audit of Youth Music in Scotland 2003