Alex Stevens

Editor, Music Teacher

Bigger and Better: Expo London 2018

12:35, 20th October 2017

Head of content Alex Stevens picks some programme highlights from the next Music & Drama Education Expo London on 22 and 23 February next year

Music & Drama Education Expo returns to London’s Olympia on 22 and 23 February 2018, for its sixth year. As ever, we hope to provide music and drama teachers, hub leaders, manufacturers, students, publishers – indeed anybody associated with music, drama and cultural education – with a one-stop-shop for engaging ideas, useful resources, and the opportunity to network with colleagues old and new. This year will see the introduction of the new Composers’ and Authors’ Corner, giving teachers the chance to meet the composers, writers, compilers and editors who produce the materials we and our students use day-in, day-out. Elsewhere, we will continue our programme of sharing labs, bringing together teachers with similar interests to hear punchy presentations from colleagues, and meet up to discuss the issues which affect their practice.

Alongside this, we will have our biggest-ever exhibition, with a fantastic array of musical instruments, technology products, sheet music, magazines, teaching resources and more for you to try and to buy.

Below are four brilliant sessions to look forward to – but there are many more yet to be announced, with more than 80 sessions across the two days. We very much hope to welcome you to what we hope will be an inspirational event next February.




Are your students actually learning?

…or are they simply copying you; mimicking, memorising and then ‘un-getting’? Leading educationalist Paul Harris leads this session which explores the best methods of learning and how to effectively set your students up for the best possible learning outcomes. Whether you are an instrumental, singing, drama or classroom teacher, this stimulating look at the whole concept of learning will be refreshing, revitalising and may lead you to consider some alternative strategies in your teaching.


The overscheduled child: Incentivising practice in the 21st century

Samantha CoatesSydney-based pianist and teacher Samantha Coates presents this session on the pressures of 21st-century extra-curricular life. For many children who take up music, it is often one of several elite pursuits in their crowded week, over and above the demands of school. This session discusses various reward systems (both extrinsic and intrinsic) and how practice incentives impact on the psychology of both student and parent, with a special focus on establishing effective practice routines in even the busiest household.


Grown: A grime opera

A discussion of the challenges and rewards of bringing together electronic music, rap and a youth orchestra in an educational context, presented by producer Max Wheeler. Using ‘Grown: a Grime Opera’ (performed recently in collaboration with Essex Youth Orchestra and Grime artist Eyez) as a case study, we discuss how it could offer new approaches to boosting inclusion, participation and even GCSE uptake among young people in education.


Ready, steady, sing

nycbgbchorus_530Action-packed warm-up and vocalisation techniques, and building multi-part mash-ups from scratch! Led by National Youth Choirs of Great Britain assistant music director Dominic Peckham, this session will get you moving, singing and warmed up while giving you loads of great vocal ideas to take back to the classroom.


Register for your free ticket here!

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