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Conference programme announced for Music Education Expo

6 October 2015

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©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. 

Highlights include:

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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Music Education Expo

Nicola Benedetti appointed vice-president of NCOGB

2 October 2015

Benedetti with members of the National Children's Orchestra
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).

National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

October issue out now!

2 October 2015

In this special strings edition of Music Teacher, classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić discusses his own music education and the pressures often placed upon young performers; how chamber music organisations are drawing on the experience of established ensembles in the coaching and development of new string quartets; Trinity Laban’s Claire Mera-Nelson on the troubling shortage of viola and double bass players; transferrable skills for teachers of fretted string instruments; and our round-up of violin music to broaden your students’ musicianship. Plus, ABRSM’s new chief executive Michael Elliot speaks to MT about his plans for the exam board, from communicating with teachers and pupils to letting candidates book exam places like airline tickets; Drake Music Scotland’s campaign to help musicians with disabilities; using technology to help young people with SEND to engage in and enjoy music; Woodcroft Primary School’s award-winning music curriculum; and a sneak peak at the conference programme for 2016’s Music Education Expo.

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First RSNO Composers’ Hub participants selected

1 October 2015

Clockwise from top left: Peter Longworth; Lillie Harris; Desmond Clarke; Cameron Graham; Jay Capperauld
Clockwise from top left: Peter Longworth; Lillie Harris; Desmond Clarke; Cameron Graham; Jay Capperauld

The first five composers to participate in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's Composers' Hub - a new initiative to develop the talents of individuals in the early stages of their careers - have been announced. 

Peter Longworth, Cameron Graham, Lillie Harris, Jay Capperauld and Desmond Clarke will write for the RSNO in a range of different contexts, develop skills and creative relationships, and acquire an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

As well as working with Alchemy, the orchestra’s contemporary music group, each composer will write a ten-minute work for full symphony orchestra. The programme will culminate in a public workshop led by Brett Dean in the RSNO Centre in April 2016, from which one work will be chosen to be performed by the RSNO as part of its 2016/17 Season.

Stuart MacRae, one of the scheme's mentors, said: 'There are very few opportunities for emerging composers to get the help they need in developing their approach to working with an orchestra; so the Composers’ Hub is a welcome move by the RSNO and I very much look forward to working with the first composers to join the hub. I‘d encourage RSNO audiences to take full advantage of this new strand and lend their support to these very talented musicians.'

The scheme is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation.

RSNO Composers' Hub

RNCM launches UK's first four-year degree in popular music

29 September 2015

Harpist Anna McLuckie
Harpist Anna McLuckie

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is launching the UK’s first ever four-year BMus (Hons) degree in popular music on 1 October.

The course, one of only three four-year popular music degrees in the world (alongside Amsterdam Conservatorium and Berklee College of Music), provides intensive training for instrumentalists and singers who intend to work as freelance musicians, bands and artists in the popular music industry, or as a foundation for postgraduate study.

Delivered at the RNCM, Blueprint Studios and Lever Street Studios, students will work with academics and professionals from the music industry such as session musicians, producers, songwriters, recording artists, composers, music directors, managers, promoters and performers.

The new BMus (Hons) in popular music seeks to develop students’ musical identity through creative composition, production and performance-based modules that enables them to be high quality performers and original artists in their own right.

Andy Stott, head of popular music at RNCM, said: ‘I believe there’s a revolution going on in Manchester, driven by the creative talents of the popular music students at the RNCM. We find ourselves in a unique position – offering the UK’s first four-year BMus popular music degree while enjoying all the benefits of a world-class conservatoire in a city with a rich musical heritage and dynamic popular music scene.

‘We have the opportunity and ambition to cultivate what is already the UK’s premier training programme for popular musicians into one of the world’s leading centres for popular music education, innovation and artistic development. Our students are our biggest asset, and it won’t be long before they become leading lights in the UK’s popular music industry – trained in Manchester.’

RNCM BMus (Hons) in popular music

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