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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

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 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

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