Music Education Expo - 25 & 26 February 2016

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Conference Programme

The 2017 conference programme will be available to view from October; expect our usual array of over 60 interactive workshops, panel debates, seminars from award-winning pedagogues, fireside chats with leading industry figures and performances showcasing youth ensemble talent from across the country.

We'll be working hard with our advisory board to ensure our programme spans the changing landscape of arts education and funding, the very latest educational trends and approaches, on-your-feet interactive workshops with practical take-home ideas and resources, and panel debates and Q&A's. Our aim? To give you a platform to make your voice heard by key influencers and decision-makers, and to leave you informed, inspired, motivated and equipped with a raft of new ideas to try out in the classroom/studio.

You can view last year's programme below. And if you have an idea for a great session you'd like to present at our 2017 show, please check the website in June when our call for papers opens! 

Click here to book your free ticket.

25 Feb 2016

The Rhinegold Theatre
Our keynote theatre, featuring high-profile speakers and our most in-demand sessions. Discuss, probe and question key political figures, exam boards, policy makers and funding decision-makers. This one room offers a key glimpse at the changing landscape of performing arts education over the next twelve months, ensuring you leave informed.
  1. Welcome from our Heads of Content, Alex Stevens (editor of Music Teacher) and Sarah Lambie (editor of Teaching Drama).
  2. Join us for a warm-up inspired by Disney’s THE LION KING. Disney’s specially trained teaching artists will lead you through a vocal and physical warm-up using content form the show. The session will energise and focus you on the exciting day ahead.

    Applicable to both music and drama teachers.

  3. Observe and take part in a meeting of the London Mayor’s Music Education Taskforce: find out how CPD is being developed, contribute to current policy and find out more about the central role of music education in the proposed Centre for Music, London’s multi-million-pound new concert hall.

  4. A session designed to guide school teachers through the challenges currently affecting music education and teaching in the classroom.
  5. What is the future for music at GCSE, AS- and A-level and with new syllabuses on the way, how do we defend its importance in the face of Progress 8, Attainment 8 and the Ebacc?

  6. YouTube HQ present a session on empowering content creators. Music Partnerships Manager Derk van der Woude will cover everything you need to know about maximising a YouTube channel presence and achieving engagement. By the end of the seminar you’ll feel confident delivering a one hour lesson to your students on online video marketing; but this session is also a must-attend for any practitioners using YouTube as a marketing tool themselves – to promote your teaching practice, studio, department, shows, and for show reels.

  7. Hear from those involved with Music Excellence London’s Peer to Peer and Teach Through Music projects and join the debate on music teachers’ CPD.
The Seminar Room
Leading practitioners and award-winning educators will present on latest trends and approaches and provide examples of best practice both in and out of the classroom that can be easily applied to your everyday teaching.
  1. Matt Yeoman, Director of Learning for the Visual and Performing Arts at Queen's Park High School, Chester, delivers this session on how to bring the 'wow' factor to your productions.
  2. The Curious Piano Teachers present the seven key principles required for sight-reading success, exploring how the brain processes information, the importance of improvisation, and approaches to notation in the early months of instrumental study. 
  3. In this inspiring session, Music Teacher Awards nominee James Manwaring shares his top tips for creating an exciting, sustainable and outstanding music department.
  4. How do children succeed? Discover the role that performing arts teachers can play in developing the seven key 'performance' character traits: zest, grit, self-control, curiosity, optimism, social intelligence and gratitude. 
  5. Bexley Music Service & creative music project Arts Train draw on examples from their cross-genre, inclusive orchestra to demonstrate best practice approaches to partnership success.
  6. A workshop full of information and guidance on setting up a teaching practice including advice on the law, tax and insurance as well as how to build a successful business

The Space
Shake it out! Our flexible studio focusing on movements, body language and improvisation will provide plenty of interactive games, group activities and lively discussion. Get really stuck in and take home loads of practical ideas for your lessons and productions.
  1. Find out how NYMAZ’s Connect: Resound project used online instrumental tuition and live broadcasts as a way for primary schools in North Yorkshire to get access to music lessons, including demonstrations of how it was done.

  2. Theatre practitioner Dymphna Callery presents an interactive workshop focusing on 'play' as an indispensable tool: for analysis and as a catalyst for creative approaches to interpreting text. 
  3. On-your-feet interactive workshop showing how by harnessing awareness of interactions and applying stage-craft know-how, we can communicate with more impact.
  4. Covering a range of practical movement and breathing work from various traditions, this practical workshop will help musicians and actors connect with wholeness, well-being and ease in performance, practice and everyday life. 
  5. Practical session in which you'll discover unusual conducting methods and look at non-musical activities such as drawing and movement to inspire music-making. 
  6. Actor, director and educator Nick O'Brien delivers a practical workshop exploring how to teach practitioners ready for the new A level specifications. 
The Workshop
Make some noise in our interactive workshop room - think percussion, games, hoops and bubbles! You'll leave these sessions armed with plenty of practical ideas and new skills to incorporate into your lessons and schemes of work.
  1. Classical 100 is a free resource for all primary school teachers looking to engage and inspire their pupils with classical music. Come and find out more about the resource and creative ways to use it in the classroom!

  2. Practical instruction and advice to find, develop and explore your conducting skills, including physical and technical skills, and effective communication with an ensemble.
  3. ​This session will explore how teachers can motivate both students and parents to track practice time and progress.  It will also look at how to encourage focused practice, so that effective learning and progress takes place in between lessons.
  4. Chief ABRSM Examiner John Holmes will demonstrate some of the inextricable connections between practical control and mental awareness, showing how musical knowledge and understanding lies at the heart of successful music-making
  5. Practical workshop exploring the assessment for learning (AFL) opportunities which inherently lie within a drama lesson and its existing dynamics.
The Tech Zone
Whether you're a technophobe or gadget geek, we've got something for everyone in our revamped tech theatre. Leading tech practitioners will guide you through a number of topics and approaches and we'll be showcasing the latest tech products from across the sector.
  1. Hands-on session using a variety of music tech gear to demonstrate a lesson where 'access for all' can be a reality.
  2. Music Technology in Education is rapidly evolving, and keeping up with it is a challenge. This seminar will introduce new ways to use the latest music technology in your classroom, as well as manage classroom activities and homework online. 
  3. Scales; wouldn’t it be great if there was an app for that? Introducing a revolutionary new way of practising scales and monitoring progress with the use of technology. Find out how this interactive app can help assess scales practice and suggest improvements.
  4. The experts from Cubase tell you how to get the best from your sequencer to achieve outstanding music tech exam results. 
  5. Learn how to integrate music technology into a youth orchestra, using best practice examples, accessible tools and practical solutions. 
  6. The experts from Sound Technology UK talk delegates through getting the most bang for your buck in a school production setting and present tips and tricks for miking up both actors and musicians.
The Performance Stage
As well as hosting the usual rip-roaring performances, our stage will be home to our new series of fire-side chats, giving you the chance to eavesdrop on fascinating conversations with leading industry professionals.
  1. BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist of the year 2015 finalist Benjamin Goldscheider performs a selection of works for French Horn and piano.
  2. Nicholas will be joining us to discuss his career path so far, offering advice to budding young musicians on making it in the sector and describing how he overcame hurdles in his initial training to become the champion of left hand repertoire.
  3. Listen in as Julian discusses his performance career and educational work with Sistema and the Birmingham Conservatoire
  4. Conducted by Daniel Galbreath, the choir will perform a selection of works, including the winning entry to the Choral Composition Competition.
  5. Edexcel GCSE Drama text stalwart Mark Wheeller (author of Too Much punch for Judy) discusses life as a playwright, interpretations to his key syllabus texts, and provides advice on those seeking a career in theatre.
  6. We interview Director of Tonic Theatre, Lucy Kerbel, on her research into gender equality in theatre education. Lucy will touch upon her own experiences and provide guidance on increasing performance opportunities for girls in youth drama. 

26 Feb 2016

The Rhinegold Theatre
Our keynote theatre, featuring high-profile speakers and our most in-demand sessions. Discuss, probe and question key political figures, exam boards, policy makers and funding decision-makers. This one room offers a key glimpse at the changing landscape of performing arts education over the next twelve months, ensuring you leave informed.
  1. Get your cross-collaborative head on as we look at inspiring new ideas for shaking up your warm-up, applicable to both music and drama teachers.
  2. This seminar will discuss and demonstrate some practical techniques to facilitate relaxation, help to minimise anxiety and maximize learning and performance potential.
  3. Representatives from the major exam boards will discuss the changes and offer thoughts on pressing matters.
  4. Regional approaches: Who has the best plan for music provision?
  5. Come along and find out how the most humble of kitchen cutlery can be used with just about any age group and ability. 
  6. Bringing together several examples of best practice from around the UK, this panel will present and discuss approaches to a truly inclusive music educational landscape, and suggest ways forward for the sector.
  7. Take part in a practical exploration of how musical theatre can be a valuable tool in the classroom, and discover a toolbox of warm up games, exercises and songs from the stage to get even the most suspicious singing in no time. 
The Seminar Room
Leading practitioners and award-winning educators will present on latest trends and approaches and provide examples of best practice both in and out of the classroom that can be easily applied to your everyday teaching.
  1. Transform your teaching with a new approach which promises to maximise contact time with students and successfully utilises the internet as a tool for teaching. 
  2. A presentation of research findings from the Sefton and Knowsley Hubs' Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET) Best Practice Project
  3. Presenting a number of approaches to enable mixed ability groups to have successful musical experiences and outcomes. Suitable for those working in the classroom and in small and large groups
  4. Discover practical approaches to promote positive behaviour by understanding policies, strategies and procedures
  5. An overview of Digital Piano technology and its practical applications in an education environment

  6. The ISM presents the latest results from its tuition fee survey and provides tips on setting and negotiating rates. 
  7. By the end of this seminar you will be able to identify different learning needs and psychological types in lessons and communicate with them in the most effective way. 
The Space
Shake it out! Our flexible studio focusing on movements, body language and improvisation will provide plenty of interactive games, group activities and lively discussion. Get really stuck in and take home loads of practical ideas for your lessons and productions.
  1. Enjoy and explore drama games and strategies which enable children to become directly involved in their own learning across the primary curriculum.
  2. Drake Music’s Jonathan Westrup will be joined by former Classic FM SEND Teacher of the Year Jocelyn Watkins to deliver this session. Based on current research, the seminar will discuss the future of clear progression routes for SEND students in music education, and address the gaps that still need to be overcome. Delegates will also be presented with a number of informal assessment exercises and explore how the use of assistive music technology can be assessed.

  3. Find out how one hub has addressed the challenges and expectations of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework through its imaginative and inclusive programme Pantomimus.
  4. Lucinda Mackworth-Young introduces a range of step-by-step song-based material which shows teachers how to teach pupils to play by ear, improvise and accompany songs. 
  5. Using a range of fun props, this session will explore a selection of repertoire with specific age ranges in mind.
  6. Disney's THE LION KING present this session designed to introduce your students to a wide range of theatrical skills through the lens of this spectacular show. Explore and evaluate how theatrical atmosphere is used and created through lighting, soundscapes and choreography.
The Workshop
Make some noise in our interactive workshop room - think percussion, games, hoops and bubbles! You'll leave these sessions armed with plenty of practical ideas and new skills to incorporate into your lessons and schemes of work.
  1. Learn how best to facilitate a whole-class Gamelan workshop using authentic Indonesian Gamelan instruments.
  2. In this inventive, humorous and interactive session (featuring a real, wild music trolley) delegates will learn music and rhythms from Africa, South America and the Middle East which can all sound great on instruments found at the very bottom of a long-neglected music trolley. 
  3. Practical music-making workshop which aims to demonstrate how musical progress can be measured effectively through musical learning located in rock and pop music.
  4. Try out the techniques of Rudolf Laban in this special taster seminar, including a range of practical exercises. 
  5. Aimed at illustrating the principles of whole class ensemble tuition, thirty delegates will form a wind or string orchestra from scratch, leading to a performance of a simple piece.
The Tech Zone
Whether you're a technophobe or gadget geek, we've got something for everyone in our revamped tech theatre. Leading tech practitioners will guide you through a number of topics and approaches and we'll be showcasing the latest tech products from across the sector.
  1. With the new GCSE and A level syllabuses on the horizon, this session will guide you through the fog of integrating technology into teaching composition in an innovative and imaginative way. 
  2. This seminar will demonstrate the use of Finale 2014 – the industry standard music notation software. Delegates will see how easy and quick it is to create beautiful sheet music using Finale, along with a number of tips and tricks that will speed up your use of the software.
  3. An overview of Silent Piano technology and its practical applications in an education environment

  4. Learn how to produce music, from the equipment you might need and how to set up, through to how to record vocalists and musicians, how to make students' tracks sound great, and how to get them ready for the world to hear.
  5. Whether it's AQA's introduction of DJ skills to its new music GCSE or the vast array of other options for tech-minded students, we look at the possibilities for tech at KS4.
The Performance Stage
As well as hosting the usual rip-roaring performances, our stage will be home to our new series of fire-side chats, giving you the chance to eavesdrop on fascinating conversations with leading industry professionals.
  1. An a capella jazz/pop choir from La Sainte Union Catholic School will ease us in to the day

  2. Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra will perform a selection of works to invigorate your lunch break!
  3. Andy, author of The Excellent Audition will talk us through tips and tricks for maximising your students' chances of success, including application tips, speech selection, acting tips and interview technique.

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