Music Teacher launches teaching materials resource
1 July 2015
From 1 July, MT’s extensive archive of teaching materials is available to access on a per-item basis.
MT subscribers currently have exclusive access to the most recent 12 months of materials, and will continue to do so, with the archive holding all previous materials, including schemes of work, personal development/CPD advice and revision materials.
Twenty new sets of materials will be uploaded each month until the entire archive is online, after which materials will be added on a rolling basis.
The teaching materials archive covers hundreds of topics, from ‘Contemporary songwriting techniques’ and ‘Composing Christmas carols’ to ‘Making the most of limited music technology resources’ and ‘Motivating students who don’t like music’.
The materials comprehensively cover KS3-KS5 classroom teaching, as well as practical advice on topics such as ‘How to start and run a successful choir’ and ‘Cover lessons’.
For more information, visit www.rhinegold.co.uk/mt-archive.
NYO announces summer programme, including concert in Berlin
30 June 2015
The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) will perform its first international concert in 20 years this summer.
The orchestra will play at the Konzerthaus in Berlin on 10 August as part of Germany’s Young Euro Classic festival, which celebrates the world’s finest youth orchestras.
The orchestra will also undertake a residency in Birmingham over the summer and concerts with conductor Mark Elder in Aldeburgh, Birmingham Town Hall and at the BBC Proms.
The cornerstones of its repertoire will be Mahler’s Symphony No 9 and Tansy Davies’ Re-greening, a new commission that requires the musicians to move, sing and play.
In addition, NYO’s Inspire Orchestra, announced back in April, will meet for the first time on 2-6 July in Manchester under the leadership of Duncan Ward before touring to secondary schools across north-west England.
Sarah Alexander, chief executive of the NYO, said: ‘This summer perfectly demonstrates the newly defined mission of the orchestra: on the one hand, we are raising the artistic bar higher than ever through new commissions, world-class performances and consolidating our international reputation.
‘On the other, we are engaging more teenagers than ever before through our ever-widening Inspire programme, both as musicians and audience members.
‘The musicians of the NYO represent the best our country’s teenagers have to offer, flying the flag very proudly both here and abroad.’
RADA launches new musical theatre course
29 June 2015
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London is expanding its musical theatre offering with the launch of a new course.
The five-week intensive course, which begins in September, will be aimed at experienced performers who are intending to pursue a career in musical theatre.
It has been developed as a spin-off from RADA’s week-long summer musical theatre courses, which have been running for a number of years.
The first part of the course will focus on developing musical theatre skills but will also include training in stage combat and clowning, as well as offering guidance on audition technique.
In the final two weeks, students will work towards the performance of an abridged musical, performed for an invited audience.
The course has been developed by Jane Streeton, RADA’s lead singing tutor, and will be taught by industry professionals including choreographers, directors and musical directors.
It is aimed at intermediate and advanced-level singers and actors who have already received some formal vocal training and who are intending to pursue a career in musical theatre.
RADA’s week-long summer courses in musical theatre will continue to run alongside the new course.
July issue out now
26 June 2015
In this month’s percussion focus, we examine how setting up a world music programme in your school can transform whole-class teaching; profiling the options for drum kit exams; and how a marching band could be just the ensemble your school has been looking for. Plus, what not to miss at this summer’s Proms for you and your pupils; Claire Jackson decides whether tailor-made concerts for toddlers are pushy parenting or important opportunities for musical development; with laptops, electronic keyboard and gadgets so prevalent in the music classroom, tech correspondent Tim Hallas explores the merits of teaching a music lesson with no technology at all; best practice for protecting your students’ hearing; the London Symphony Orchestra’s education programme – LSO Discovery – celebrates its 25 anniversary; and MT reviews the latest piano, violin and choral releases, books, technology and new products to use in your teaching.
Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music discuss merger
26 June 2015
Two of America’s leading music conservatoires are planning a merger.
The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, located next door to each other in the city of Boston, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities for closer collaboration.
The governing boards voted unanimously to approve the MOU, which calls for a broad-based, summer-long process of discussion and planning with important stakeholders.
A merger agreement could take effect from 2016.
Within the newly merged organisation, the Boston Conservatory’s programmes in music, dance, and musical theatre would retain autonomy, while Berklee students would have access to a broader curriculum in dance and theatre.
Meanwhile, Boston Conservatory students would have access to Berklee’s tution in jazz and contemporary music, technology, music business, music therapy, sound design, production, film scoring and online education.
Boston Conservatory faculty would also have the opportunity to develop courses for Berklee Online, the largest non-profit online music school in the world.
Richard Ortner, president of the Boston Conservatory, said: ‘Increasingly, our conservatory students live in a global community.
‘They want access to the rich performance traditions of other cultures and other genres, as well as access to industry-standard digital infrastructure.
‘Berklee offers exactly that global outlook and that range of opportunity, right here in our shared four-block campus. Together, we form an unbeatable incubator for student and faculty creativity.’
Both schools have built new facilities and performance spaces in the past decade and both are reporting record enrollment for autumn 2015.
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