New support programme for KS3 teachers
16 July 2014
A year-long, fully subsidised professional development programme to support KS3 music teachers in London is being launched this summer.
Teach Through Music is a new partnership led by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, alongside Sound Connections, Barbican, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity College London and the University of Greenwich. The programme is on offer as part of ‘Music Excellence London’, an initiative by the Mayor of London to raise teaching standards in schools across the capital.
150 places are available on the Teach Through Music programme, and participating teachers will be offered a series of seminars, events and courses. Trained peer mentors will also be on hand to support teachers making changes in the classroom and give feedback.
Andrea Spain, from Trinity Laban, said creative isolation is a problem for many music teachers: ‘Music teachers may be the only music specialist in their school and have little contact with others. As well as helping develop practical skills, Teach Through Music will support teachers to overcome barriers to more ‘musical’ approaches to teaching, presented by limited resources and whole school systems that don’t lend themselves to musical learning.’
‘The Teach Through Music training is being devised collaboratively by a partnership of teachers, higher education and specialist music organisations,’ said Philip Flood at Sound Connections. ‘This partnership will draw on the very best music and education expertise, while developing highly practical solutions for the classroom.’
Farewell Michael Gove
15 July 2014
David Cameron’s final cabinet reshuffle before the 2015 election has seen some significant changes.
Michael Gove, who had served as education secretary since the 2010 general election, will be taking up the position of Commons chief whip. According to a tweet posted by David Cameron earlier today, Gove will now have ‘an enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews.’
Replacing Gove is Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan, who was appointed just three months ago as financial secretary to the Treasury, and minister for women and equalities. Morgan will be retaining her women and equalities portfolio alongside her new post as education secretary.
Born in south London, Morgan attended Surbiton High School before studying law at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. She was elected MP for Loughborough in 2010, appointed assistant whip in 2012 and economic secretary to the Treasury in 2013.
In his time as education secretary Michael Gove has been responsible for the biggest shake-up of England’s school system for decades. He has constantly faced opposition from teaching unions, and general secretary of the National Union of Teachers Christine Blower has stated that the union will be looking for a change of direction from Ms Morgan.
Essex Young Musician of the Year 2014
14 July 2014
Nineteen-year-old clarinettist William Knight has been named Essex Young Musician of the Year 2014. A former pupil of Westcliff High School for Boys, William is a graduate of the National Youth Orchestra and has just completed his first year at the Royal College of Music.
The competition’s five judges also awarded runner-up prizes to Elodie Chousmer-Howelles (violin), Corinna Wilson (soprano) and Irena Klimach (oboe). David Cox and Keenan Ngo, two promising competitors under the age of 19, were also commended.
The Essex Young Musician of the Year competition has been running since 1984, and is run by Ongar Music Club. Previous winners include violinist Anthony Marwood and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.
MFY National Festival is in full swing!
11 July 2014
Central Birmingham is rocking with the sounds and vibes of Music For Youth’s annual National Festival!
Now halfway through, festival-goers and local residents have been enjoying pop-up performances across the city of Birmingham as well as performances on the main stages of Symphony Hall, the Town Hall and Birmingham Conservatoire.
In the interactive zone at Symphony Hall young people have been trying out all kinds of different (and often brightly-coloured!) instruments. Every day has featured a new ‘performance by a pro’ at the festival’s Ten Past Two concerts – click here to watch a clip of Joe Broughton (violin) and Tom Chapman (percussion).
Highlights to come include tomorrow’s Family
Experience. Orchestras, jazz combos and big bands will be featured, alongside a
‘Musical Mayhem’ family workshop. Tickets from Symphony Hall or Town Hall
Box Office: £10 for four people
Apply now for Yamaha Brass and Woodwind Scholarships
7 July 2014
Music students under the age of 25 who are from the UK and Republic of Ireland are invited to apply now for Yamaha’s annual European Scholarship awards programme.
Now in its 25th year, the scheme now operates in 31 European countries and has provided over 850 scholarships to deserving candidates. The rewarded discipline is rotated annually, with full-time brass and woodwind students applying this year. Three scholarships, each of €2000, will be awarded in the UK, with a further €2000 scholarship in Ireland.
The deadline for applications is 30 November 2014, with preliminary rounds taking place in early December. Those interested in applying must submit a recording of two contrasting pieces of music totalling less than 30 minutes’ duration.
Previous Yamaha scholars include saxophonist Amy Dickson, pianists Eduard Kunz and Sasha Grynyuk, and euphonium player David Childs.
To download an application form, click here.
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