Nominations now open for MT Awards 2015
4 August 2014
Now in their third year, the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence are accepting nominations for 10 award categories.
Eleven awards will be presented at a gala evening at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London, on the first night of next year’s Music Education Expo (12 March 2015). Nominations for ten of the awards will be accepted until Friday 24 October 2014, and all sections of the public are welcome to put forward those they want to see celebrated!
This year’s awards will be judged by an experienced panel of judges, chaired by Music Teacher editor Tom Lydon. The panel will include Professor David Saint (principal, Birmingham Conservatoire); Lucy Johnstone-McCarthy (head of music, Baden-Powell and St Peter’s C of E Junior School); Paul McManus (chief executive, Music Industries Association), and Judith Webster (chief executive, Music For Youth).
2014 winners include Vivienne Price, In Harmony Opera North, Singing Playgrounds from Ex Cathedra, Baden-Powell and St Peter’s Junior School and Drake Music Scotland.
Two new categories have been added this year: the Musicians’ Union Inspiration Award, sponsored by the Musicians’ Union, and the Best Music Education Product Award. The full list of awards features:
· Best Musical Initiative Award, sponsored by the Royal Marines Band Service
· Best Print Resource Award, sponsored by Rhinegold Publishing Ltd
· Best Digital/Technological Resource Award
· Best SEN Resource Award
· Excellence in Primary/Early Years Music Award
· Best School Music Department Award, sponsored by the MMA (Music Masters
· Musicians’ Union Inspiration Award, sponsored by the Musicians’ Union – NEW
· Best Music Education Product Award – NEW
· Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award, sponsored by Classic FM
· Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Black Cat Music and MusicPracticeRooms.com
And finally, for which nominations are not accepted:
· Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award, sponsored by Higgledy Piggledy Jazz
For more information about each award category, and to make a nomination, visit the Music Education Expo website.
Music teaching roadshows this September
4 August 2014
New half-day training events will be running for music teachers at seven locations across England and Wales this September. Organised by the ABRSM and Music Mark, each venue of the ‘roadshow’ will present the same sessions:
Youth Music grants to promote inclusivity
1 August 2014
The National Foundation for Youth Music has just announced a refurbishment of its grants programme, with the aim of promoting diversity and inclusivity across England.
Youth Music is currently investing £20 million in 400 projects throughout the country. Its refreshed grants programme has been streamlined to help children in challenging circumstances who cannot afford access to music education. Despite the government’s recent pledge of an extra £18 million to music education, the number of school children accessing subsidised music lessons is still running six percentage points below the number of pupils receiving free school meals. This suggests that many of the children who can least afford it are missing out on music education.
As part of its new grants programme, Youth Music will be raising the upper age limit to qualify for investment to 25 years. This is in light of the challenging transition faced by many young people in the transition from studying to employment. A new award has also been made available of £2,000-£30,000, aimed at supporting smaller organisations and projects.
Matt Griffiths, executive director of Youth Music’s, said: ‘The recent announcement of additional funds for music education is fantastic news, but Youth Music projects often focus on those organisations, musicians, and young people hidden from mainstream services and provision. It’s essential that their voices, and indeed, their music are considered as part of the musical fabric of this country. Our updated programme makes funding these projects simpler and should create even greater diversity and inclusivity amongst hubs.’
More Provision Needed for Disabled Children
31 July 2014
Lord Lipsey, the chair of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, made an appeal yesterday that more attention is paid to the musical needs of the disabled.
While applauding the work of the One-Handed Instrument Trust , Lord Lipsey expressed concern that the government’s 2011 National Plan for Music Education does not address the needs of disabled children.
‘No one doubts the importance of music in education for people facing mental challenges,’ he commented. ‘Examples abound for example of children with profound learning difficulties who only seem to be reached by the power of music. And certainly we would not tolerate for an instant an education system that said that children with disabilities should be excluded for example from sport – less so than ever following the triumph of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
‘But of equal importance are instruments for musical children who have limited arm movements, and a national project for music teachers in the use of these instruments.’
ABRSM's Piano Practice Partner
27 July 2014
A new app has just been released by the ABRSM which aims to make practice more enjoyable for pianists learning the grade 1-3 repertoire. ]
The Piano Practice Partner allows students to practise the left or right hand of the music on its own, while the app plays the other hand. All of the pieces in the new ABRSM piano syllabus for grades 1 to 3 can be used in conjunction with the new app, which is available for download from iTunes and Google Play.
Stuart Briner, ABRSM’s digital learning manager, said: ‘Used in conjunction with our Grade 1-3 repertoire books, Piano Practice Partner is a great way to prepare your pieces in a flexible and enjoyable way. There are many ways this app can be used whilst learning new pieces, from working at different speeds, to setting markers to allow repeated practice of challenging sections, or developing memorisation skills. We hope Piano Practice Partner will be a useful, musical and inspiring tool for anyone teaching or learning our Grade 1-3 piano repertoire.’
For more information on the Piano
Practice Partner, visit the ABRSM website.
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