PRS for Music Launches Apprenticeships Scheme
24 September 2013
PRS for Music has just announced details of its new apprenticeship programme which will run from November 2013-14. Two apprentices will be recruited – one in IT, and another in business development. The initiative is aimed at 16-24 year olds who are unemployed, and no previous degrees or qualifications are necessary. The successful candidates will complete the apprenticeship with a Level 3 NVQ.
Robert Ashcroft, chief executive of PRS for Music, commented: ‘As the largest employer within the music industry we are delighted to lead the way in offering a younger and vital generation an opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge that will sustain them throughout their careers.’ The apprenticeship scheme goes alongside current PRS programmes offering students work placements and paid internships in its member services department, as well as the sponsorship of five students at the Brighton Institute of Contemporary Music.
Free after-school CPD available this week
23 September 2013
Spaces are still available to sign up for free CPD sessions that are running this week in Bradford and London.
Trinity College London, in conjunction with Music for Youth, are offering free after-school CPD training for non-specialist primary teachers. Sessions will include creative ideas for classroom composition and music-making, and will be delivered by experienced workshop leaders. This week's sessions are as follows:
- 24 September: 5-7pm, central Bradford
- 25 September: 5-7pm, central Bradford
- 27 September: 4.30-6.30pm, Ealing, west London
To book your place, sign up via the Trinity website. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Support needed for Arts Academy 'videorials'
18 September 2013
The Arts Academy has unveiled plans for a new initiative which it hopes will help motivate students to keep learning between lessons.
Video tutorials, or ‘videorials’, will tackle ‘every conceivable musical topic’ in an interactive way – so if a student is having basic problems tuning their instrument, or is struggling with more advanced questions of interpretation or technique, they will be able to get help from an Arts Academy professional. The videorials will be free to access, and will be published across all major social media networks.
Arts Academy founder and creative director Robert Emery is ‘extremely excited’ about this new project: ‘Learning an instrument is a terrific skill to have, and the disciplines you pick up in doing so have a big impact on many areas in life. The videorials will add real value to the Arts Academy’s portfolio of services.’
The Arts Academy is currently raising funds for this project. To support it, visit their campaign page.
On your marks...get set...
18 September 2013
ABRSM has just launched 'On Your Marks', a new interactive resource that will enable users to watch and assess a graded music exam for themselves. Teachers and candidates will both be able to see how their assessments match up to the new ABRSM marking criteria.
The tool, which is available on the ABRSM website, focuses on the four key elements of a grade 5 piano exam: set pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight reading and aural tests. Users will be able to view each element separately, and compare their results with those of the ABRSM chief examiner John Holmes.
More exam videos will be soon be integrated into the new resource. To try it out for yourself, click here.
Wanted: music teachers' perspectives on health
16 September 2013
Naomi Norton, a PhD candidate at the Royal Northern College of Music, is looking for instrumental teachers willing to participate in a survey for her research, which deals with supporting musicians through performance-related health problems.
A large number of musicians face problems such as noise-induced hearing loss, musculoskeletal disorders, performance anxiety and occupational stress. Through her research, Naomi is investigating the perspectives of instrumental and vocal teachers on health education and support for the next generation of musicians.
You can help Naomi’s research by taking part in an online study which consists of an introduction followed by four sets of questions. There are 50 questions altogether, and the survey will take 20-40 minutes to complete.
Follow this link to complete the survey, or email email@example.com for more information.
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