We’ve got 20 sessions for music & drama teachers – that’s 15 hours of CPD!
We’re presenting a mix of the ‘best of our London shows’ as well as some fantastic new submissions which we are very excited about. Our speakers come from all over the UK, Europe and beyond and we’re drawing on expertise from your favourite brands, institutions and award-winning educators and workshop leaders.
Get ready to be inspired, informed and up to date with current trends in the sector, with plenty of new ideas to take home and try out in your classroom, studio or department!
Welcome from our Heads of Content, Alex Stevens (editor of Music Teacher) and Sarah Lambie (editor of Teaching Drama)Full details
Participants will become a gospel choir for this hands-on, practical workshop led by multi-award winning conductor and TV show judge Karen Gibson. Through the use of fun and inspirational warm-ups, and innovative ways of teaching pulse, rhythm and syncopation, Karen will set you all up for the rest of the day! Her lively classes are full of spirit, so bring lots of energy, give it your all, and this warm up will not only be truly inspiring and educational but will be a lot of fun! Another of our ‘top ten’ sessions from previous shows. Not to be missed!Full details
Rotherham Music Service deliver this case study of an ambitious, multi-school collaborative project exploring composition, song-writing, drama and dance. Involving 500 children, the project celebrated the students’ hometown of Rotherham through the creation and performance of an original work.Full details
Daniel Corrigan, Head of Music at The Radclyffe School (‘Outstanding’, OFSTED 2015) summarises approaches to assessment in music in the light of the removal of National Curriculum levels.Full details
This fun, high-energy and accessible session delivered by former STOMP cast member Ollie Tunmer will cover ‘Connect It’ & ‘Mambo!’ from BBC Ten Pieces, authentic Brazilian rhythms and a range of rhythm warm-ups and energisers that you can take away with you.Full details
Over the past ten years, Music Teacher Awards nominee James Manwaring of Windsor Upper Schools has built up an outstanding music department from nothing. His department now stands as a pillar of the school and has been nominated for Best School Music Department four years in a row.Full details
We address the issues affecting music education across both Music Hubs and the classroom, exploring how these impact the teaching workforce across the sector.Full details
Spoon playing is fun and accessible for all ages, and helps to develop lots of skills (with minimum expense), including rhythm, co-ordination, fine motor skills, listening, copying, performance, teamwork, discipline and creativity. Join our warm-up to develop your technique, get creative, improvise and find out how the most humble of kitchen cutlery can be used with just about any age group and ability. A hugely fun session, and one of our most popular at previous shows. One not to be missed!Full details
Have you ever wondered what a melon sounds like? This interactive workshop will demonstrate that technology is a hugely powerful tool in enabling access and inclusion.Full details
A practical session offering delegates a taster of new cutting-edge digital learning in dance and dramatic singing. Delivered by the Royal Opera House, this session will present activities from the new ROH National Nutcracker and Create and Sing Carmen programme.Full details
Discover what makes for effective musical performance in this session delivered by ABRSM Chief Examiner John Holmes. By looking at various different kinds of performance, John will explore the difference and relationship between the ‘art’ and the ‘craft’ of musical performance, showing how music making involves a unique combination of the two. A must-attend for instrumental teachers!Full details
A hands-on session in which delegates will use whole class ensemble playing to compose creatively, reflecting on the core requirements of the National Curriculum at KS1-3.
*Delegates are encouraged to bring their own instruments to this session to participate fully.Full details
Acquire a hamper full of new and accessible repertoire for EYFS settings and explore ways to adapt this new material to suit children’s needs and interests.Full details
Revered composer Christopher Norton (Microjazz, Micromusicals) leads this workshop on improvisation. Focussing on group work, this session will help you find the ‘inner voice’ of every student, leading to greater instrumental proficiency and increased confidence.Full details
Early Years Music which is not school-based and receives no music hub funding is very much the poor relation in music education, yet it is in these early years that so many vital foundations for a musical future are laid. Join this forum for a ‘state of the sector’ overview and a chance to chat with representatives from regional networks.Full details
Join this stage combat taster to create a fight sequence from a study text. The session will encourage team work and communication in the staging of a scene and allow teachers and students to discover a new approach to exploring drama and drama texts.Full details
Shakespeare Schools Foundation runs the UK’s largest youth drama festival, in which 30,000 pupils a year perform Shakespeare on professional stages. This 45 minute session will give you a practical and inclusive toolkit to tackle Shakespeare’s texts, give your students ownership of the language and inspire them to create complex and engaging characters. It will include different approaches to appeal to a range of learning styles, including young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.Full details
This session will inform delegates of the changes currently occurring within the curriculum in secondary education. This includes co-teaching AS and A Level, changing to 9-1 grading, vocational qualifications, and 2019 performance tables.
*Please note that Karen Latto was previously advertised as delivering this session. Keith Burt kindly steps in in her absence.Full details
This presentation intends to emphasise ownership of learning in acting and how marks/certificates as products can alienate the learner, thus hindering progress. We will look at the interference of assessment as ‘measurement’ and various other forms of external ‘quality assurance’ with deep learning – specifically in performing arts – and offers evidence-based assessment as a solution. It will use comparisons between contemporary acting technique practitioners to framework the argument and will challenge how to assess ‘good acting’.Full details
Led by Trestle’s Emily Gray, experience the true story of Yarico, which involves love and betrayal in a cross-cultural relationship and the issue of enslaved peoples, both historically and contemporaneously.Full details