Sing Up wins prestigious award
11 May 2011
Sing Up has been announced as the winner of this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Education Award for its work supporting singing in English primary schools. The programme brings opportunities for quality singing to millions of children across the country, and has over 90% of all primary schools involved. The RPS awards jury have urged the government to 'support this work that is the envy of other countries in Europe and across the world, beyond 2012'. Pupils from St Mary’s RC Primary School in London, a Sing Up Platinum Award-winning school, performed at the awards celebrations.
John Gilhooly, Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society commented: ‘The Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards are able to respond to the zeitgeist, but prefer to set the agenda. They reward serious, imaginative projects which broaden the understanding and enjoyment of music.’
To mark the occasion Sing Up have put together a special playlist on their Song Bank called Feeling Hot Hot Hot. Take a look here.
Call for Roland Champion School applications
10 May 2011
Roland, in partnership with Notion Music and UCan.tv, is inviting schools to take part in the Roland Champion Schools scheme, which will see all three partners support teachers to develop the use of music technology in their school.
Schools will receive free software and support in exchange for working with the programme to feed back on the products, contribute to resources and work with local schools.
The project will run for one academic year from September 2011 and schools will be able to focus on one or several products or areas of music technology, such as classroom recording, sampling or music notation.
The deadline for applications is 10 June.
Chair of education select committee attacks EBacc
5 May 2011
Conservative MP and leader of the Commons education select committee Graham Stuart has jumped the gun on the committee's official inquiry into the EBacc by expressing personal concerns about the proposed performance measure.
Stuart commented that the six EBacc subjects left 'little room for other courses such as drama, economics, music and ICT or vocational courses such as young apprenticeships.' He also said that less able students may find their provision 'dismantled'.
Stuart's comments echo the concerns of many within the music education sector, who fear that the EBacc will steer resources away from school music - a problem which will be compounded if music is removed from the national curriculum as a result of the current curriculum review.
A spokesman for the Department for Education commented: 'The EBacc is not the be-all and end-all. The core subjects has [sic] been kept small deliberately to allow the opportunity for wider study - there are valuable and rigorous academic and non-academic qualifications, not in the EBacc, that pupils should be free to take.'
ABRSM announces conference dates
3 May 2011
ABRSM has announced dates for its annual conferences in Manchester, London, Gateshead and Birmingham. The two-day conferences for teachers of all instruments and levels will feature expert-led sessions and presentations including an introduction to ABRSM’s 2012–2015 violin syllabus. Other sessions will cover the revised scale and sight-reading requirements for all bowed string instruments, an exploration of touch, sound, texture and voicing in piano performance, personalised learning, developing aural awareness, and ‘From the examiner’s chair’ - an insight into ABRSM’s exam structure and marking criteria for Grades 1-8.
‘We see supporting teachers as a central part of our work,’ said Richard Crozier, ABRSM director of professional development. ‘ABRSM conferences offer an unrivalled opportunity for teachers to network with fellow professionals and explore new repertoire, resources and teaching strategies that can be transferred directly into their lessons.’
Venue and date details are:
- Manchester Central Convention Complex 3–4 September
- Hilton London Metropole 10–11 September
- Hilton Newcastle Gateshead 29–30 October
- Hilton Birmingham Metropole 26–27 November
National Union of Teachers urges Gove for broader curriculum
27 April 2011
The National Union of Teachers (NUT), the largest teachers’ union in the UK, met in Harrogate for its annual conference on the 22-26 April. The NUT actively campaigns about a number of proposed changes in education and Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, argues that Gove’s ‘rather predictable pronouncements on adopting a curriculum which is based along traditional lines’ will not result in a ‘broad and balanced curriculum which should be at the heart of the schools’ agenda’. Blower adds that: ‘Creativity is critical to the “knowledge economy”. Not only are subject areas like art, music and drama important in themselves, they help children develop creativity and empathy. These are critical to a well-rounded education.’
The Education Select Committee is currently reviewing the national curriculum and English Baccalaureate and will soon publish its findings.
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