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Equality of Opportunity: differentiating for students in a
non-setted year seven music class

Hedydd Edge

(PGCE Music, 2016-2017)



This case study investigates the pedagogical issue of differentiation within education, specifically looking at what can be differentiated and how a teacher might differentiate in the music classroom. This assignment
attempts to reflect upon a small-scale research project designed to evaluate what steps can be taken to differentiate in a ‘mixed-ability’ classroom.However, the term ‘mixed-ability’ itself is problematic as it has been variously conceived. Additionally, within the music classroom there is the paradigm of ‘musical ability’. This study was conducted with a year seven class of students of ‘mixed-ability’ composing programme music. The findings suggest that differentiation encompasses a variety of differences that may not be at the forefront of a teacher’s mind and the element of choice became an important factor. Differentiation is beneficial to ensure that everybody can access what is being taught, but within teaching there must be a degree of flexibility to adapt for students who need additional help, or for those who need more of a challenge.

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The full paper is available for download as a pdf file : 039-072-edgeh

Citation: Edge, H. (2018) 'Equality of Opportunity: differentiating for students in a
non-setted year seven music class.' Journal of Trainee Teacher Educational Research, Volume 9 pp.039-072 (Downloaded from, [date of access])