Update on COVID-19

Music and Drama Education Expo | Manchester has been postponed from 10th October 2020 to 15th October 2021, remaining at Old Trafford, Manchester.

As organisers, our number one priority is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all of our exhibitors, visitors and staff. Given the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the likelihood of some social restrictions being in place for the foreseeable future, and the huge current impact on the education sector, we have decided that in order to minimise the risks to visitors and exhibitors, the event will now take place in October 2021.

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Music & Drama Education Expo

15 October 2021 | Old Trafford, Manchester

Music & Drama Education Expo, Europe’s largest conference and exhibition for anyone involved in music & drama education, takes place in Manchester on 15 October 2021

All visitors can benefit from 20 free-to-attend CPD sessions and over 70 exhibitors from the creative field to speak to. Enjoy practical and inspiring sessions, and get advice on your practice from industry experts next October.

Registration for Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester will open in Spring 2021.

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Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester

Meet the speaker: Jim Frankel

Jim Frankel is the head of digital education for the Music Sales Group, and director of MusicFirst. Previously, he was the managing director of SoundTree, the Educational Division of Korg USA, and before that he was the instrumental and general music teacher at the Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey for 11 of his nearly 15 years in the state’s public schools.

Afro-Brazilian rhythms for all ages

Samba has been on the music menu in UK schools for a while now. Its energy, accessibility and potential for differentiation make it an ideal setting for musical exploration. While samba (often used as an umbrella term for other sub-genres), is perhaps the best known of the Afro-Brazilian styles outside of Brazil, there are a number of other genres to add to your rhythmic repertoire. Ollie Tunmer, director of Beat Goes On, tells us how

“A useful event to meet delegates who are looking for the work we provide but have not yet heard of us. Also, a great chance to meet other similar organisations and network within the community.”

Lowri Davies, Administrator, The Voices Foundation

“Thank you for creating a wonderful opportunity for Arts colleagues to meet and learn together.”

Cate Madden, Edsential Music Adviser

“Thanks for all the support provided by every member of the team, before during and after the show! Extremely well organised!”

Katherine Savage, Events Executive, ABRSM Publishing

“I thought it was a brilliant event and well worth flying over for. It was extremely well organised and everyone I spoke to seemed to be having a great time. It was fantastic for networking too… Congratulations on such a great event.”

Rachael Howarth

“This event is our most valuable of the year and we always have a great time, meeting lots of new customers and contacts. There's a nice community feel to the exhibition side and the staff organising on the day are really helpful.”

Kirsten Cowan, Business Development Coordinator, RSL (Rockschool Ltd.)

“A great day @MusicEdExpo – thanks to everyone for all the #ideas and opportunities to #network”

Steven Roberts, Conductor