Get ready for lots of sessions with every type of teacher in mind!
We present a mix of the ‘best of our London shows’ as well as some fantastic new submissions, particularly from local practitioners. Our speakers come from all over the UK and we’ll be drawing on expertise from your favourite brands, institutions and award-winning educators and workshop leaders.
The full programme is below, but check out our highlights to see your personalised Expo journey in a flash:
Early Years highlights
Secondary music highlights
Hub & Music Service lead highlights
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Hosted by acclaimed producer Max Wheeler and featuring representatives from the main exam boards, this discussion will explore how best to engage the 21st century musician in our KS3 & KS4 classrooms and how to use this to boost uptake of GCSE and other qualifications.
[KS3, KS4]Full details
In response to the MU’s Education Report (Sept 2017) which detailed systemic failings in music provision, the MU have commissioned Dr Jonathan Savage of Manchester Metropolitan University to gather some hard data around these issues with the aim of fully understanding the problems and making recommendations for improvements.Full details
This large-scale workshop explores many of the common symptoms, causes and consequences of musical performance anxiety and aims to develop confidence in teachers’ ability to identify, understand and then help students handle this ubiquitous condition. This workshop is based on the ISM Trust resource Performance anxiety: A practical guide for music teachers, written by Ally and GregFull details
Children with additional needs require expert specialised music tuition over and above what we learn during mainstream teacher training. In this workshop we explore which teaching techniques, instruments and room layouts suit children with various additional needs, as well as how to include and direct other adults (e.g. TA’s) to maximise their input in music lessons.
[KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5]
Music teachers are increasingly charged with creating ambitious, surprising, unexpected musical collaborations: for beginner and experienced players; using electric and acoustic, Western and non-Western instrumentation; and for a variety of ensembles. It can be difficult to find music that is flexible enough for these increasingly eclectic groups – but ABRSM has a solution for teachers and hubs.Full details
Every school has a cupboard full of tambourines and triangles not being used to their full potential! This workshop will demonstrate how you can harness these unloved instruments explore different techniques and rhythms; build up layers of different patterns with rhythmic breaks; and discuss links to different styles of music and different cultures.
[KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5]Full details
Join us for a very practical workshop that will have you singing and playing throughout! Take away a range of starting points for improvising activities which facilitate work on all-important technique and instrumental skills. As relevant for the consummate improviser as it is for the complete novice, this will be an exciting session in which you can discover and develop new ideas for your teaching.Full details
Find out about this award-winning initiative which focuses on social and musical change for primary schools. The project builds on learning from international projects (such as El Sistema) and uses the joy, power, discipline and accelerated learning opportunities afforded by singing to secure better musical, educational and personal outcomes. Delivered by Voices Foundation and the David Ross Education Trust.
[Early Years, KS1, KS2]
Using well-known songs from the show, we’ll explore teaching techniques for group singing in 3/4 part harmony, adding in a layer of characterisation. Learn to sing as a cohesive ensemble as you incorporate movement and acting to enrich storytelling.
[KS3, KS4, KS5]
Our drama-specific warm-up! Join this very active session and discover how movement can boost engagement, attainment and concentration levels. Get ready to join in, explore excellent starters for your classes and shake off those morning cobwebs!
[Early Years, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5]
This seminar follows on from last year’s session and provides an update on progress and a chance to inform future development. We will discuss issues and developments in the sector locally, regionally and nationally and provide an opportunity to connect and network with other early years music practitioners and providers.
Focusing on The Tempest, this session will explore the story, characters and language through classroom drama techniques which are accessible and easily transferable to other curriculum areas.Full details
Understanding texts and character is always a challenge for students! So what do we do for students who learn differently? This workshop will demonstrate how to harness our students’ emotional intelligence by layering textual understanding with music and movement, providing a rich palette of strategies to enrich their understanding of texts and/or characters in the process.
[KS3, KS4, KS5]
Using a single devising lesson structure, this session will show the different methods of assessment available to the KS3 Drama teacher, exploring the three areas of Drama work; creation, performance and evaluation. Delegates will leave this session with a clear understanding of how the techniques work within the structure of the sample lesson, supported by exemplar from students work.
Internationally renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly give a taster of their school workshops for students aged 14+. These workshops give students an understanding of how Frantic Assembly creates new work and provides them with skills to embark on their own devised projects. Expect an active exploration of The Frantic Method, which is about empowering people to be better at making theatre from a physical starting point.Full details