BCMG launches learning resources website
12 October 2015
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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has launched a free learning resources website
to support teachers, children and young people as they explore contemporary music and composing.
The site has grown out of BCMG’s learning and participation programme and draws on the experience of its composers, musicians, workshop leaders, researchers and teachers.
Searchable by type, project, intended user and level, each resource consists of a series of pages guiding the user through an activity, report or new piece of music. Many of the resources include videos, audio recordings, downloadable resource sheets and links to other relevant websites.
The website is initially focused on resources for teachers. The majority of the resources are for KS2 – KS4, and account for a range of abilities.
The resources include:
- Two pieces for secondary school classes inspired by science, created as part of BCMG's Resolution project
- One new piece for beginner ensemble created as part of BCMG's 'Imagine, Compose' project
- Six composing resources inspired by previous BCMG performances, and guidance for primary and secondary schools
David Ashworth, project leader for teachingmusic.org.uk
, said: ‘What makes these resources so interesting is the fact that they have been developed from composing and performing activity that goes on in the wider BCMG framework. This “living and breathing” context gives the resources a certain authenticity. Students get a feeling of working with real living composers, rather than merely working on abstract assignments. The website represents a significant development in online provision for music teachers and their students in terms of quality, relevance and ease of use.’
BCMG director of learning Nancy Evans said: ‘The launch of the BCMG learning resource website represents the culmination of a long dream to bring together all our learning resources into one place and to share our expertise, particularly in the area of young people composing, developed over many years.’
Future additions to the site include resources to encourage and support those in the early stages of learning an instrument as they begin to compose.
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group launches learning resources website
8 October 2015
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) has created a free learning resources website to help teachers, children and young people to explore contemporary music and composing.
The micro-site at resources.bcmg.org.uk has grown out of BCMG’s learning and participation programme and has been compiled with the help of the composers, musicians, workshop leaders, researchers and teachers who deliver the programme.
The resources, most of which are designed for KS2-KS4, include videos, recordings of BCMG musicians and young people, downloadable resource sheets and links to other relevant websites.
The majority of the resources are designed to support young people as composers, but there are also some resources for performers.
Highlights include Music Maze, which uses pieces of contemporary classical music as a starting point to inspire young people to write their own music.
The website also offers access to two pieces for secondary school classes created as part of BCMG’s Resolution project, as well as a new piece for beginner ensemble created as part of the Imagine, Compose project.
The new microsite has been funded by a grant from Youth Music, with additional support from the Wellcome Trust as part of the BCMG Resolution project.
Professor Martin Fautley, professor of education at Birmingham City University, said: ‘The materials presented on the BCMG learning pages represent a significant resource for music educators across a variety of sources and contexts.
‘Thoughtful practitioners will find much here that is of interest. It will also be clearly apparent that with, in some cases, very little adaptation, these materials are highly suitable for learners at all stages in their musical journeys.
‘They are to be recommended to all who work with children, young people and learners of all ages interested in developing creative composing responses to, and in, music.’
Mayor’s Music Fund announces new scholars and partnership projects
7 October 2015
The Mayor’s Music Fund has unveiled its latest scholarships and its planned partnership projects for 2015/16.
During an event at London’s City Hall last week, 32 primary school children were announced as the latest group of Mayor’s Music Scholars.
The winners were invited to receive their awards by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and saxophonist and composer YolanDa Brown (pictured), a Mayor’s Music Fund ambassador.
Over the next four years, they will take part in two hours of music-making and other developmental activities every week as well as attending concerts and working with a personal mentor.
The charity also announced six new Music Partnership Projects for the 2015/16 academic year involving organisations such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, The Jazz Warriors International and Musiko Musika.
Ginny Greenwood, chief executive of the Mayor's Music Fund, said: ‘I was delighted to welcome the fifth cohort of Mayor's Music Scholars to City Hall and to congratulate them on their four-year award.
‘Everyone at the Mayor’s Music Fund is excited to see the scholars progress not only in their playing, but also across their wider education and social development.’
YolanDa Brown said: ‘It’s great to see how the fund helps young musicians follow their dream of learning an instrument and to see how they grow and develop with their instrument.
‘The scholarship has a positive effect on so many areas of their life, not just music. I believe it is important to have access to creating music and it is wonderful to be involved with this much-needed initiative.’
The Mayor’s Music Fund provides four-year scholarships to primary school children across the 32 London boroughs and currently supports 217 children in the capital.
The charity also funds collaborations between music hubs and arts organsiations to create opportunities for young people to work alongside professional musicians.
The 2015/16 projects will involve 800 young people and reach a further 4,700 through free public performances.
Conference programme announced for Music Education Expo
6 October 2015
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©Dilip Patel / Double-Barrelled Ltd
©Dilip Patel / Double-Barrelled Ltd
Rhinegold Media & Events is delighted to announce the first series of sessions confirmed for the next Music Education Expo
Taking place on 25 and 26 February 2016 at Olympia Central
, London, the event will offer two days of high-quality CPD, networking opportunities and the chance to try out hundreds of products.
The Expo is Europe’s largest conference and exhibition for music teachers, with more than 60 sessions taking place across two days and the chance to meet and network with 2,500 other teachers. The event also features a trade exhibition with more than 130 exhibitors offering their products at a discount. It is completely free to attend.
The sessions will be high-quality, informative and fun, and will leave delegates with a multitude of acquired skills and ideas.
• Leadership in the very young: Empowering roles in music-making – delegates will explore magic wands, flashcards and painting silent melodies with Rachael Perin and Gail Macleod
• Piano by ear: Learn to play, improvise and accompany songs in simple steps – Lucinda Mackworth-Young introduces a range of step-by-step song-based material which shows teachers how to teach pupils by ear
• Spoons workshop: Jo May shows us how the most humble of kitchen cutlery can become a fascinating musical instrument for any age or ability
• Inclusive music: A fresh approach to class music making and performance – Assistive Music Technology specialist Phil Heeley will present a hands-on sessions showing how music tech gear can make ‘access for all’ a reality
• What can I do with my music trolley?: Inspire-works provide tips on what to do with all those interesting percussion instruments that may be lurking at the bottom of your cupboards
• Movement for performers: Alexander Technique, Yoga and Tai Chi – the Royal College of Music’s in-house movement practitioner takes delegates through practical movements and breathing work from various traditions, helping musicians and actors connect with wholeness, wellbeing and ease in performance, practice and everyday life
• The School Musical: Producing an outstanding product – learn how to deliver the ‘wow’ factor in your school musical with guidance on casting, rehearsing, marketing, funding and more!
• Secret chat: A conversation with a young concert pianist, who is currently making his mark on the UK classical scene with his recent CD release
Music Teacher editor Alex Stevens said: ‘After a record number of applications, we are very excited to release the initial programme for next year’s Music Education Expo. More details will be appearing over the coming weeks, including some very exciting announcements which we hope will add up to as broad and informative a programme as possible.
‘We also very much hope that this year’s addition of the MTDES will lead to many examples of cross-fertilisation. Overall, we are aiming to provide a free, easy-to-attend two days of high-quality, inspiring CPD.’
For the first time, the Expo will be taking place in conjunction with the Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show
. There will be sessions specific to each delegate type (classroom, early years, instrumental, drama, leadership) as well as multiple sessions that are applicable to all or offer a chance to explore department or teacher-type cross-over.
We are very grateful to all our sponsors for their continued support:
Platinum sponsors: Black Cat Music, MusicPracticeRooms.com, Musicians’ Union, National Union of Teachers
Gold sponsors: ABRSM, Yamaha
Conference sponsor: ISM
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Nicola Benedetti appointed vice-president of NCOGB
2 October 2015
Benedetti with members of the National Children's OrchestraAlex von Koettlitz
Nicola Benedetti has been appointed vice-president of the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain.
The violinist is an alumnus of the NCO, having been appointed leader at the age of eight.
Benedetti said of the news: 'I am profoundly honoured to become a vice-president of the NCO because it’s an organisation which I hold really close to my heart.
'My time with the NCO was such an influential and formative experience. At the age of eight I was learning the value and importance of collaboration with other musicians as well as gaining an insight into the world of orchestral playing.
'Experiencing the huge orchestral sound gave me confidence in my own playing and a new level of excitement about classical music and the experience of performing it, and knowing that the NCO continues to do that for other young musicians year after year is truly exciting!'
NCO artistic director and principal conductor Roger Clarkson said: 'Nicola is the perfect example of how musicians can benefit from the NCO experience; therefore we are thrilled that Nicola is sustaining a close association with the NCO by becoming a vice-president. We hope that other young musicians will be inspired to develop their talent and follow in Nicola’s footsteps, whilst continuing to benefit from all that the NCO offers.'
The National Children’s Orchestra is open to talented young musicians aged between seven and 14. The ensemble has recently performed at Leeds Town Hall, Cheltenham Town Hall, Bristol's Colston Hall, and The Anvil (Basingstoke).
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