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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 naomi.norton@student.rncm.ac.uk for more information.

ABRSM Gets Behind Sing Up

13 September 2013

As of this month, the ABRSM has announced a collaboration with Sing Up, the organisation set up to provide 'inspirational and affordable singing resources and support' to primary schools across the UK.

The Sing Up awards range from silver to platinum. To achieve an award, schools work towards developing greater levels of singing activities across the curriculum. ABRSM will be sponsoring the Sing Up awards for the current academic year.

ABRSM chief executive Leslie East said that the ABRSM is 'very proud' to be part of the venture, commenting: 'We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of schools that have made a commitment to singing, and to giving their pupils the opportunity to develop their musical skills.'

For more information about Sing Up and its awards scheme, visit the Sing Up website

Trombone Triumph

12 September 2013

Warwick Music Ltd, producer of pBone – ‘the world’s first plastic trombone’, has beaten hundreds of small businesses to scoop the Innovation of the Year prize at the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2013. 

The pBone was the biggest selling trombone of 2012, bringing the total number of plastic trombones sold to a total of 90,000. The panel of judges, who included Karren Brady of BBC1’s The Apprentice, were impressed by the innovation shown by the company in making trombones less expensive and more accessible. Warwick Music Ltd also impressed the judges with its CSR programme, which includes sending instruments to Africa. 

Steven Greenall, founder of Warwick Music Ltd, won a £2,000 cash prize and 50,000 Nectar points, as well as free business advice from Karren Brady. ‘I’m delighted we have won the Nectar Business Innovation of the Year award,’ he said. ‘The prize money and Nectar points will be used to help launch a new stream of pBone educational workshops in schools throughout the UK. I look forward to having the opportunity to ask Karren about how best to get pBone into mass retail outlets in the UK and United States.’  

Obituary: Robert Trory

10 September 2013

Robert Trory started his musical life as a violinist and violist, studying at Trinity College of Music with Oscar Rosen. After spending several years playing the violin with a number of London's leading orchestras, Robert moved to St Petersburg to study conducting with Ilya Musin.

Robert enjoyed an extremely successful international conducting career, receiving excellent reviews both from live and recorded performances. He led the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as number of other high-profile ensembles both at home and abroad.

On top of his work as a conductor and teacher at the highest level, Robert also dedicated a great deal of time to bringing music into the local community. He was the inspiration behind Sydenham International Music Festival, and directed it for over ten years. Robert also wrote a series of tutors for the young violinist and violist - 'Violin Playing' and 'Viola Playing', each in five volumes.

Robert was not only an established name in the international arena; he contributed a great deal to the cultural life of his local community, where he will be greatly missed. His funeral was held at the Church of Our Lady and St Philip Neri in Sydenham on 20 August 2013.

Applications open for prospective CME centres

10 September 2013

Are you a music hub, school, college, conservatoire, university, employer or training provider? If so, you are eligible to apply to become a Trinity CME Centre.

Trinity College London is now accepting applications from organisations that would like to offer programmes leading towards the new Trinity Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators. Accredited by Ofqual, this new qualification provides assessment across six units and is suitable for anyone working as a music educator with children or young people.

Centres offering the Trinity CME programme will be able to customise the qualification to meet the specific needs of their learners. In this way, the training received by educators on the programme will be directly relevant to their professional needs - whether they are instrumental or vocal teachers, community musicians, workshop leaders, primary or early years teachers, or professional musicians taking on education and outreach projects.

Christopher Walters, head of teacher development at Trinity, told Music Teacher: 'There are a great many music educators who will find new ways into professional development and reflective practice through the Trinity CME, and I look forward to seeing this happen over the coming year as the first round of centres establish their programmes.'

All prospective centres are invited to attend open days run by Trinity, in conjunction with the Institute of Education (University of London). These open days will be taking place on Thursday 3 and Saturday 12 October, and are free of charge. Centres can book up to two free spaces each by emailing cme@trinitycollege.co.uk, or calling 020 7820 6108.

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