Manchester 2018: Classroom and Instrumental Highlights

There are a number of streams for different types of teacher at the Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester, which will be held at Old Trafford on 11 October. And of course, entry is absolutely free to all attendees – MT very much hopes to see you there!

There are a number of streams for different types of teacher at the Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester, which will be held at Old Trafford on 11 October. And of course, entry is absolutely free to all attendees – MT very much hopes to see you there!


Classroom highlights

What to do with your classroom tambourines and triangles!
Speaker: Jo May
Every school has a cupboard full of tambourines and triangles not being used to their full potential! This workshop will demonstrate how you can harness these unloved instruments, explore different techniques and rhythms; build up layers of different patterns with rhythmic breaks; and discuss links to different styles of music and different cultures. The session will develop various skills including rhythm, co-ordination, fine motor skills, listening, copying, teamwork and creativity.

Singing Schools: Creating a culture of singing in your school
Speakers: Ed Milner, Charles MacDougall
Find out about this award-winning initiative which focuses on social and musical change for primary schools. The project builds on learning from international projects (such as El Sistema) and uses the joy, power, discipline and accelerated learning opportunities afforded by singing to secure better musical, educational and personal outcomes. Delivered by Voices Foundation and the David Ross Education Trust. 

Including students with additional needs in your mainstream music lesson
Speakers: Victoria Jaquiss, Diane Paterson
Children with additional needs require expert specialised music tuition over and above what we learn during mainstream teacher training. In this workshop we explore which teaching techniques, instruments and room layouts suit children with various additional needs, as well as how to include and direct other adults (e.g. TA’s) to maximise their input in music lessons.

Panel debate | Supporting the 21st century musician
Speaker: Max Wheeler
Producer Max Wheeler hosts a debate featuring representatives from several exam boards, discussing how best to engage the 21st century musician in our KS3 & KS4 classrooms and how to use this to boost uptake of GCSE and other qualifications.


Instrumental highlights

Get creative: Exploring improvising in instrumental teaching
Speakers: Francesca Christmas, Adam Saunders
Join us for a very practical workshop that will have you singing and playing throughout! Take away a range of starting points for improvising activities which facilitate work on all-important technique and instrumental skills. As relevant for the consummate improviser as it is for the complete novice, this will be an exciting session in which you can discover and develop new ideas for your teaching.

Musicians’ Union | Fixing music education                
Speaker: Jonathan Savage
In response to the MU’s Education Report (Sept 2017) which detailed systemic failings in music provision, the MU have commissioned Dr Jonathan Savage of Manchester Metropolitan University to gather some hard data around these issues with the aim of fully understanding the problems and making recommendations for improvements. This session will be a chance to find out what has been discovered so far, with an opportunity for delegates to provide their own feedback and join the debate. Ultimately this session promises to be a positive conversation about how we can make music education better for everyone.

Psychological wellbeing: Strategies for handling performance anxiety
Speakers: Gregory Daubney, Ally Daubney
This large-scale workshop explores many of the common symptoms, causes and consequences of musical performance anxiety and aims to develop confidence in teachers’ ability to identify, understand and then help students handle this ubiquitous condition. We will experiment with practical anxiety coping strategies you can use with students, exploring physiological, behavioural and thought-related approaches to enhance performance.

ABRSM | Group Loops! A flexible mixed-ensemble resource
Speaker: Lincoln Abbotts
Join Lincoln Abbotts for an interactive workshop using Group Loops, a free, new resource for schools from ABRSM. The resource will generate parts for your mixed ability music class, and find new music that you can play on any instrument as part of an ensemble. Lincoln will workshop the music live with a group of young musicians, demonstrating creative ways to inspire and develop performing, ensemble and communication skills at all levels, in any combination.