Sharing Lab

The Sharing Lab zone will host a number of informal sessions which put peer-to-peer learning and support at their heart, and everyone’s invited to contribute!

We have selected the topics, but you have ultimate control over the content: bring along resources, or brief presentations, and share your ideas with other delegates – or simply come in the spirit of enquiry, to learn from the expertise of your peers.

Our aim is to get you chatting, fired up on new ideas, and excited to share what’s working well in your teaching practice, and to discuss all of this in the company of like-minded practitioners. Take away an idea, a new business contact, a new new resource or a new friend!

Expert hosts will be on hand for all the music and drama sessions, to get the conversation going. Look out for them on your arrival at the Sharing Lab.

Wednesday 6 March

10.00-10.45 | Music

Sharing Lab MUSIC | Establishing a school singing culture

Choral expert and experienced Director of Music Don Gillthorpe will examine ways to energise and enthuse secondary-school children and get them singing well. Looking at primary to secondary transition, changing voices, adolescent influences, and the status of singing within your school, this session will suggest repertoire and approaches that can encourage more children to get involved both in and out of the classroom. Don has proven experience of embedding a singing culture into the lives of a number of schools, and will encourage you to do the same!

Speaker: Don Gillthorpe

11.00-11.45 | Drama

Sharing Lab DRAMA | Auditioning for drama school

Discuss audition processes and best-practice preparation. Hosted by expert facilitator Kim Durham, formerly of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, we’ll discuss and share ideas and resources and enhace our technique for directing audition monologues. A fantastic opportunity to contribute in an informal environment and receive lots of input from colleagues. Whether you’re looking for advice or have something to share; you are welcome!

Speaker: Kim Durham

12.00-12.45 | Music

Sharing Lab MUSIC | Composer Create: A new resource for the aspiring choral composer

Award-winning vocal ensemble, ORA Singers, has recently launched a brand new, free, educational resource aimed at addressing the current lack of early-stage compositional guidance for music students worldwide. Drop in between 12:00-12:45 for an informal discussion with Chief Executive, Matthew Beale and Group & Development Manager, Natalie Watson.

Speaker: Matthew Beale, Natalie Watson

13.00-13.45 | Drama

Sharing Lab DRAMA | RWCMD: Stage Management & Design training

Expert host Sean Crowley leads this discussion on all aspects of student training/careers in stage management and design. A fantastic opportunity to contribute in an informal environment and receive lots of input from colleagues. Whether you’re looking for advice or have something to share; you are welcome!

Speaker: Sean Crowley

14.30-15.15 | Drama

Sharing Lab DRAMA | Transition to Higher Education: Self-Assessment and Critical Thinking in Acting

Lecturer of Acting at LIPA, Onur Orkut, leads this session on how best to prepare students for higher education. A fantastic opportunity to contribute in an informal environment and receive lots of input from colleagues. Whether you’re looking for advice or have something to share; you are welcome!

Speaker: Onur Orkut

15.30-16.15 | Drama

Sharing Lab DRAMA | Being a one-person department

Being a one-person department can be challenging! Join Head of Drama Peter Deam (and other one person departments!) as we discuss survival tactics, expanding our professional networks and more. environment and receive lots of input from colleagues. Whether you’re looking for advice or have something to share; you are welcome!

Speaker: Peter Deam

Thursday 7 March

10.00-10.45 | Drama

Sharing Lab DRAMA | Multiple choice assessment methods

This session will look at multiple choice questions and how they can reliably assess student knowledge. A fantastic opportunity to contribute in an informal environment and receive lots of input from colleagues. Whether you’re looking for advice or have something to share; you are welcome!

Speaker: Karen Latto

11.00-11.45 | Drama

Sharing Lab DRAMA | Directors in schools

Come and meet the founder of the Directors’ Guild of Great Britain to hear about his work sending directors into schools to work with teachers and young people. With a directing CV spanning the Royal Court and National Theatres, television and film, Piers will be able to advise you on your own directing projects and tell you how to arrange for a professional director to come in to your school.

Speaker: Piers Haggard

12.00-12.45 | Music

Sharing Lab MUSIC | Blown Away?
Recruitment & retention of brass and woodwind players

Come and join the discussion on woodwind and brass teaching. Let’s share experience and ideas on how to retain pupils in the face of a cold north wind that blows high costs up against a myriad of other ways to spend time. Let’s talk about widening our own teaching strategies and pedagogies and connecting with contemporary students in ways that make playing wind instruments in particular a positive experience for all.

Speaker: Myra Brunton

13.00-13.45 | Music

Sharing Lab MUSIC | The code switching musician

We explore practical insights into how music instruction can be used to foster independent, comprehensive musicianship across multiple styles of music. Informed by the linguistic theory of code-switching and an array of contemporary research, these approaches are specially focused on providing musicians with a broad set of skills that allow them to become confident and flexible as they navigate performance situations outside of large teacher-directed performance ensembles.

Speaker: Daniel S. Isbell

14.00-14.45 | Drama

Sharing Lab DRAMA | Early Years Drama

Helen Battelley is an internationally renowned consultant, trainer and speaker in Physical Development/movement in Early Education. Join her for this informal discussion around early years drama and movement techniques. A fantastic opportunity to contribute in an informal environment and receive lots of input from colleagues. Whether you’re looking for advice or have something to share; you are welcome!

Speaker: Helen Battelley

15.30-16.15 | All

Sharing Lab ALL | Managing energy rather than behaviour

You could be spending more time focusing on the music and less time dealing with disruptive behaviour by thinking about the energy of the room. Learn about why Rocksteady prefer to manage energy rather than behaviour, designing an energy map for your lessons and aligning yourself with the motivations of your pupils.

Speaker: Rachel Hawker

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