Conference programme

Music & Drama Education Expo | London 2020

Music & Drama Education Expo provides unforgettable CPD sessions every year for all passionate music and drama educators. Take away not only inspiration and enthusiasm but leave with practical lesson ideas and valuable resources to take back into your field of work.

You can view the London 2020 Conference Programme below.

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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Crossover sessions

Warm-Up: Gareth Malone

Room: Performance Stage

Gareth Malone, Singer and Composer , Hal Leonard Europe

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Music only

Music theory for the 21st-century student

Room: Sharing Lab

Jane Emmanuel, Music Teacher and Singer, Key Interactive Books

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Drama only

Building a drama curriculum to evidence character education for the new Ofsted framework

Room: Seminar Theatre

Jo Lock Smith, PGCE Secondary Drama Lead, Plymouth University

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10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Drama only

We are all storytellers | Storytelling Drama and literacy in Primary Schools

Room: The Space

Malcolm Jennings, Drama Practitioner and lead Teacher/Actor, The Play House Theatre in Education Charity

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Music only

Gareth Malone and Catherine de Sybel present Bright Star: songs to get the whole school singing

Room: Keynote Theatre

Catherine de Sybel, Composer and Pianist, Hal Leonard Europe

Gareth Malone, Singer and Composer , Hal Leonard Europe

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Music only

Teaching sight-reading through duet playing

Room: Workshop Theatre

James Rae

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Music only

The holistic primary piano teacher

Room: Seminar Theatre

Stephen Marquiss, Pianist, Speaker, Tutor, Piano Portals

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11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Music only

The Bollywood Progression Project

Room: Workshop Theatre

Kay Charlton, Composer and Educator , Bollywood Brass Band

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Music only

Sing a song - Tell a tale!

Room: Keynote Theatre

Sue Nicholls, Freelance Music Education Consultant

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Drama only

Performing classical text | A masterclass in techniques and approaches

Room: The Space

National Youth Theatre, National Youth Theatre

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Music only

How to develop your own music programme for health and well-being

Room: Sharing Lab

Mike Simpson, Musical Director , Inspire-Works

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12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Drama only

‘Viewpoints’ improvisation technique in the Drama Classroom

Room: The Space

Erika Hughes, Academic Lead for Performance, University of Portsmouth

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Music only

Group teaching for early stage piano students

Room: Seminar Theatre

Melanie Bowes, Founder at KeyNotes Music, KeyNotes Music

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12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Music only

Reimagining primary music for the new Ofsted framework

Room: Keynote Theatre

Liz Stafford, Director, Music Education Solutions

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Drama only

Gifted and talented are dangerous words

Room: Workshop Theatre

Samantha Coates, Pianist and Teacher, BlitzBooks

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1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Drama only

Introducing design and stage management: backstage involvement for your students in and out of school

Room: Seminar Theatre

Jo Franklin, Guildford School of Acting

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1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Drama only

Devising physical theatre with practitioner inspiration

Room: The Space

Adam Milford, Stage Actor, Director, Educator, Theatre Workout Ltd

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Music only

Running a successful and inclusive primary or beginner orchestra

Room: Workshop Theatre

Nathaniel Dye, Music Leader, Nelson Primary School

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Music only

Music bites

Room: Sharing Lab

Judith McAuslan, Music Specialist Teacher , Kidsing/St Margaret's CE Primary School, Warrington

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2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Crossover sessions

Supportive feedback in the arts classroom | An introduction to the Critical Response Process

Room: Seminar Theatre

Erika Hughes, Academic Lead for Performance, University of Portsmouth

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2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

Music only

Nurturing Musical Stars of Tomorrow

Room: Performance Stage

British Youth Music Theatre (BYMT)

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2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Drama only

Exploring and extending picture books through Drama

Room: The Space

Patrice Baldwin, Drama for Learning Consultant, Inspiring Professional Development and School Improvement

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2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Drama only

How to help your students get into drama school

Room: Sharing Lab

Andy Johnson, Actor, Writer, Director and Drama Teacher, The Excellent Audition Guide

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Music only

What can I do with my music trolley?

Room: Workshop Theatre

Inspire Works, Inspire Works

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Music only

Should we be unconditional in our teaching? Are there resulting winners or losers? And exactly how can we be?

Room: Keynote Theatre

Paul Harris, Composer, Writer , Faber Music

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3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Crossover sessions

Musical play and stories to nurture communication in young children with additional needs 

Room: Seminar Theatre

Emma Hutchinson, Music Teacher and Researcher , Music House for Children

Emma Oliver-Trend, Artistic Associate, Orchestras for All

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3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Music only

Performance anxiety: A practical guide for music teachers

Room: Keynote Theatre

Dr Alison Daubney, Teacher and Researcher, ISM Trust

Gregory Daubney, Sport and Exercise Psychologist, ISM Trust

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Music only

Friday Afternoons: invigorate singing in your school

Room: Sharing Lab

Charlotte Brosnan, Friday Afternoons Ambassador, Friday Afternoons - Snape Maltings

Charles MacDougall, Friday Afternoons Ambassador , Friday Afternoons - Snape Maltings

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Music only

Facilitating positive musical experiences in the Early Years and KS1 setting

Room: Workshop Theatre

Clare Seymour, Director at Musicbuds, Musicbuds

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9:35 AM - 10:00 AM

Crossover sessions

Warm up: call and response songs from West Africa

Room: Keynote Theatre

Kwame Bakoji-Hume, Founder of African Activities and Music Teacher, African Activities CIC

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Music only

Adult music learning: challenges and opportunities

Room: Sharing Lab

Barbara Eifler, Executive Director, Making Music

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Drama only

Raising the profile of your Drama department

Room: Seminar Theatre

Annabel Thomas, Arts Development Manager , Trinity College London

Holly Barradell, Head of Expressive Arts, Skinners' Kent Academy

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10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Drama only

How to be with yourself so you can be with others – in front of others

Room: The Space

Andy Johnson, Actor, Writer, Director and Drama Teacher, The Excellent Audition Guide

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Music only

Reducing barriers to music for deaf children and young people

Room: Keynote Theatre

Lottie Brook, Learning and Participation Manager, National Centre for Early Music

Dr Jennifer Cohen, Project Manager, The National Centre for Early Music

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Music only

The composition conundrum: encouraging creativity in the classroom

Room: Workshop Theatre

Paul Tierney, Lecturer and Musical Director , North East Scotland College

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Music only

Using Novation Launchpads in the music classroom

Room: Seminar Theatre

James Manwaring, Director of Music, Windsor Learning Partnership

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11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Crossover sessions

Why manage behaviour when you can manage energy?

Room: Workshop Theatre

Rachel Hawker, Head of Academy , Rocksteady Music School

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Drama only

Using Drama to explore cultural diversity 

Room: The Space

Zeena Rasheed, Teacher, Penistone Grammar School

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Music only

Opening up Music Education Hubs for disabled young people

Room: Keynote Theatre

Douglas Noble, Strategic Director, Drake Music

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Drama only

Creative careers advice for your students

Room: Sharing Lab

Adam Milford, Stage Actor, Director, Educator, Theatre Workout Ltd

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Music only

CalmusComposer: an AI software for teaching music composition

Room: Seminar Theatre

Kjartan Olafsson, Composer and Speaker , ErkiTonlist sf

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12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Drama only

Drama, a most effective link | Cross-curricular application for Drama techniques

Room: The Space

David Bedward, Founder at TranslAction, TranslAction

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Music only

Get on Your Feet! A contemporary music and well-being project

Room: Workshop Theatre

Debbie Kent, Founder at Teachers Rock®, Teachers Rock® (in partnership with Devon Music Education Hub and Charanga Musical School)

John Bangham, Associate, Teachers Rock®

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Crossover sessions

Rap Club: embracing youth culture

Room: Keynote Theatre

Benjamin Turner, Head of Department/Youth Leader, Rap Club Productions C.I.C.

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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Drama only

Building and Assessing a Knowledge Rich Drama Curriculum

Room: Seminar Theatre

Keith Burt, Burt’s Drama

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1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Drama only

Using music to create physical theatre with text

Room: The Space

David Farmer, Speaker, Trainer and Writer, Drama Resource

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Music only

Building and maintaining a successful state secondary music department

Room: Keynote Theatre

David Guinane and Hanh Doan, Head of Music at Beaumont School, Beaumont School

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Music only

Minerva Scientifica: composing music with science

Room: Workshop Theatre

Frances M Lynch, Composer and Artistic Director , Electric Voice Theatre

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1:30 PM - 1:55 PM

Music only

Teachers Rock® featuring Teachers Rock® Youth Choir

Room: Performance Stage

Teachers Rock® Youth Choir

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Music only

Notation, aural learning or both?

Room: Seminar Theatre

Victoria Jaquiss, Steel Pan Development Officer, Leeds ArtForms Music Service

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2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Drama only

Inter-school Drama collaboration to the benefit of all

Room: Sharing Lab

Catherine Nash & Alison Warren, Co-Founders at Open Drama, Open Drama

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2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Music only

The modulo approach to small ensembles

Room: Workshop Theatre

Anna Williams-Haines, Head of Programmes , Orchestras for All

Emma Oliver-Trend, Artistic Associate, Orchestras for All

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Music only

Italian music education: leading the way

Room: Keynote Theatre

Annalisa Spadolini, Italian Ministry of Education

Francesca Christmas, Head of Music , Trinity College London

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Drama only

Starting with scripts

Room: The Space

Zeena Rasheed, Teacher, Penistone Grammar School

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3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Music only

Life long career development for music teachers, from Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to doctoral study

Room: Seminar Theatre

Rebecca Berkley, Lecturer and Artistic Director , University of Reading

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3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Drama only

Stage Combat: the foundations of communication and storytelling

Room: The Space

Adam Milford, Stage Actor, Director, Educator, Theatre Workout Ltd

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Crossover sessions

Coaching and mentoring techniques for instrumental/vocal teachers

Room: Keynote Theatre

Neyire Ashworth, Coach and Professor , Junior Guildhall School

Jane Booth, Guildhall Coaching & Mentoring Lead and Artist Fellow, Guildhall School

Jane Cook, Senior Associate and Specialist Adviser, Guildhall School

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Music only

Adventurous Music-Making: how to introduce 10 key elements of music into whole-class singing and playing

Room: Workshop Theatre

David Liggins, Ocarina Workshop

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