General Description

One of the hardest (and scariest!) problems to solve as a music teacher of students in years 7-8 is how to provide authentic learning experiences that involve active participation. We believe Gig Based Learning (GBL) is the answer, where it’s all about the gig.  We define a ‘gig’ as any opportunity to create and share music by a specific deadline. The ‘gig’  provides an exceptional framework to design and facilitate engaging, authentic learning experiences, being based on the saying the show must go on!  It provides an authentic means to study, write/source, rehearse, perform, record, and distribute music. The ‘gig’ naturally creates an environment which is conducive for high levels of participation, student agency, collaboration and growth as gigs have deadlines, high expectations, are undertaken with people and for people,  occur regularly, require meticulous preparation and teamwork as well as promote rigorous individual and corporate reflection. 

GBL is a musically informed, philosophically driven learning design and facilitation process. It gives teachers tools to provide students with opportunities for active, engaging, real-world music(k)ing with and for an authentic audience. Building on the integrated learning experiences model - performance, composition, musicology and  aural, GBL puts all of these experiences to work for the benefit of producing a great gig. GBL also contextualises the learning for the student so that it’s ‘just in time’ not ‘just in case’. 

Building on from the Foundations of Gig Based Learning course, this course is ideal for those interested in the inner workings of a Year 7-8 GBL program. Brad Fuller and his colleague Peter Orenstein will take you through their design process, documentation, implementation of Blended Learning and an in-depth study of a gig and how it’s delivered. Join Brad and Peter as they take you through GBL for Junior High School so that you can harness the power of the ‘gig’!

 Audience

For music teachers and music tutors

 Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

3.2.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Plan, structure and sequence learning programs:  Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.

6.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage with colleagues and improve practice:  Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.

 Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au for more details.


Via Zoom

This course will run via Zoom.  You will be sent the details of how to join this PD the day before the course runs.

Session - 1 - Setup

Duration - 15 min

Introductions and background to our story


Session - 2 - It’s All About the Gig!

Duration - 60 min

Overview of Gig Based Learning in relation to junior high school


Session - 3 - Primordial Metaphors for Learning and the Blended Learning Station Rotation Model

Duration - 60 min

- Application of Primordial Metaphors for Learning and the Blended Learning Station Rotation Model

- Practice, rehearse, perform; write, demo, record, release

- Repurposing existing gear


Session - 4 - Connecting the Physical to the Virtual and Technological Spaces in the Junior HigSchool General Music Program

Duration - 60 min

- The parallel universe: mirroring the virtual to the physical world

- Music at the speed of thought: utilising technology to create efficient and effective creative workflows


Session - 5 - The Hands on History of Music: Play it, don’t say it!

Duration - 60 min

- A History of Music as experienced through a continuum of scaffolded integrated learning

experiences

- Integrating the Learning Experiences


Session - 6 - Wrap-up

Duration - 15 min

Question time to process the day’s content and applications.


Presenter

Gig Based Learning (GBL)

Gig Based Learning is a musically informed, philosophically driven learning design and facilitation process. It gives teachers tools to provide students with opportunities for active, engaging, real-world music(k)ing with/for an authentic audience. Building on the integrated learning experiences model - performance, composition, musicology, aural, GBL puts all of these experiences to work for the benefit of producing a great gig, contextualising the learning for the student so that it’s ‘just in time’ not ‘just in case’