It’s been another tough year for teachers – all the more reason to come to Manchester on 4 October, says head of music content Alex Stevens
Now that term’s over, and you’ve finally got time to think and plan, what better way to start than by getting out that 2017/18 academic diary and turning to 4 October? If you can make it to Manchester, there’s every reason to come to the Music & Drama Education Expo for what will be an enriching, engrossing and energising day, surrounded by music education colleagues from across the country.
There is no doubt that, particularly in state education, music teachers are in an increasingly difficult situation. Often, while budgets are falling across the school, they are finding themselves having to justify their work, their budgets, and even their salaries.
If that’s you, it might seem difficult or impossible to take a day for CPD. The chances of you getting it past your SLT may be zero. But if you can, do – the day is entirely free, so all you need to do is register, get out of school, and get to Manchester. For secondary music teachers we have a variety of useful sessions, from music GCSEs in the post-levels world of EBacc and Progress 8, to getting the right balance of extra-curricular activities for a thriving music department (even with limited resources), to all-action teaching skills – like the secret weapons of body percussion and the spoons, or how to run a brilliant gospel vocal warmup from top pro Karen Gibson.
If you’re a primary teacher, whether a music specialist or not, there will be something for you. Body percussion and spoons will work equally well with younger children, and if you’re under pressure to demonstrate to your headteacher how investing in music is worthwhile, look no further than ‘A pathway to outstanding’, from the Royal Opera House’s Kim Waldock: context, concentration, creativity – and chopsticks. Private teachers, peris and hub staff will find a wealth of material: the inside line from ABRSM’s chief examiner John Holmes, sessions on creativity in group work run by whole-class specialist Dan Francis and Microjazz composer Christopher Norton, and the latest on workforce issues from the Musicians’ Union.
But perhaps the biggest reason to come to the Expo on 4 October is to show that your CPD is valued, that music is important, and that, together with colleagues from across the country, music teachers are standing up for the quality and provision of our children’s music education. So, if you can, get the date in the diary, book the train tickets – and we’ll see you there.
When: Wednesday 4 October 2017, 9am-5pm
Where: Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ
Doors open: 9am
Opening performance: 9.15am
A free one-day conference and exhibition for music and drama teachers offering:
»» 20 CPD sessions for music and drama teachers
»» 50+ exhibitors showcasing leading brands, products and services
»» 500+ visitors giving you a chance to network and exchange ideas
Tickets to attend the Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester’are FREE. Book yours here!