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Discover inspiring music education training and events around the UK.

Music Mark members are invited to get involved in a range of opportunities to develop professionally through peer groups, mentoring and coaching.

As part of our New Directions in Inclusive Music series with MEHEM Uprising, this session will explore the best ways to source accessible instruments and work with tutors as well as the wider Music and Education section to have a highly effective accessible instruments programme.

Peer Group: Instrumental and Vocal Tutors

  • 4th March, 13th June 2024
  • 4pm - 5pm
  • Online (Zoom)

Music Mark peer groups allow people across the UK to connect, discuss and learn from people with similar roles within the Music Education Sector. This session is specifically for Instrumental and Vocal Tutors.

Industry x Education Interface

  • 7th March 2024
  • 10am - 3pm
  • Conway Hall, London

A day to connect with top brands and resellers, and form new partnerships between Music Industry and education.

Political Advocacy for Music Education

  • 13th March 2024
  • 3pm - 4.30pm
  • Online (Zoom)

Learn how best to advocate for Music Education in your local area.

T-Time

  • Termly (19th March, 6th June)
  • 4pm - 5pm
  • Online (Zoom)

This new session for classroom and peripatetic teachers is an opportunity to reflect on best practice in primary, secondary and SEND settings, learn from colleagues around the country and discuss the hot topics in music education.

As part of our New Directions in Inclusive Music series with MEHEM’s Uprising!, Dr. Ally Daubney will explore how Music Development plans can form the foundation of a school’s music offer, including appropriate curricula, ensembles and the development of staff skill and confidence. This session will be of particular interest to Inclusion Leads.

Spring Summit

  • 22nd March 2024
  • 10am - 4pm
  • Friends House, Euston, London

This in-person summit is an opportunity for Music Service colleagues from across the UK to come together to discuss the hot topics in music education.

A Common Approach: Introducing Tech and Tabla

  • 22nd April 2024
  • 4:00-5:30pm
  • Online (Zoom)

Catherine Brentnall leads a session on the growth of A Common Approach with introductions to the new Music Tech and Tabla sections.

Musical Playfulness for Pupils with PMLD

  • 24th April
  • 4pm - 5.15pm
  • Online (Zoom)

As part of our New Directions in Inclusive Music series with MEHEM Uprising, This webinar introduces practitioners to the Musical Play Framework and using it with pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.

Fundraising Fundamentals

  • 9, 16, 23 May, 6, 13, 20 June
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Online (Zoom)

A course designed to guide those working in fundraising for Music Hubs and Services through the principles, challenges and opportunities of raising funds in this context.

Marketing Fundamentals

  • 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July, 10 July & 17 July
  • 10.30am - 12.00pm
  • Online (Zoom)

An introductory course designed to guide those working in Music Hubs and Services through the fundamental principles of marketing.

Ofsted Update on Music in Schools

  • 18th June 2024
  • 4pm - 5pm
  • Online (Zoom)

Join Christopher Stevens for an update from Ofsted on Music Education in schools.

Music Mark members are invited to get involved in a range of opportunities to develop professionally through peer groups, mentoring and coaching.

The All Aboard Music Network is a friendly, relaxed space for musicians, music leaders and educators to come together to share, learn and develop their skills in music-making with Disabled children and young people.

Top Score Teaching!

  • 27th February 2024
  • 18:00 - 19:30
  • Online (Zoom)

This fun online session with Louisa Roberts explores ways to ‘be more football’ in our performing arts teaching to achieve top scores in learning outcomes. It’s 90 glorious online minutes of revelling in the beautiful (teaching) game!

As part of our New Directions in Inclusive Music series with MEHEM Uprising, this session will explore the best ways to source accessible instruments and work with tutors as well as the wider Music and Education section to have a highly effective accessible instruments programme.

Get Your Project Funded

  • 29th February 2024
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • Online (Zoom)

This online CPD session will provide the basics for if you are starting to think about how to raise funds for yourself, your project or your organisations. Led by professional fundraising consultant and coach, Nancy Hitzig.

NYMAZ and Note Weavers Early Years Conference

  • 1 March 2024
  • 10:00 - 16:00
  • Skipton Town Hall

NYMAZ Early Years Music Network and Note Weavers are joining forces to co-deliver an Early Years Music Conference focusing on inclusion on 1st March 2024 at Skipton Town Hall.

Peer Group: Instrumental and Vocal Tutors

  • 4th March, 13th June 2024
  • 4pm - 5pm
  • Online (Zoom)

Music Mark peer groups allow people across the UK to connect, discuss and learn from people with similar roles within the Music Education Sector. This session is specifically for Instrumental and Vocal Tutors.

Understanding the National Plan for Music Education

  • Monday 4 March 2024, or Wednesday 17 April 2024
  • Online (Zoom)

This 1 hour webinar run by Music Education Solutions will outline what the National Plan for Music Education (England) means for schools, covering all relevant aspects of this non-statutory government guidance.

Inclusive Practitioner CPD Training – Safeguarding and Music Practice

  • 6 March 2024
  • 09:30 - 16:00
  • Beacon Music Centre, Stanton Road, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5SJ

Safeguarding is something that every person working with vulnerable people should know about. People often attend training, but it doesn’t always address specific common scenarios practitioners can experience in music-making sessions. We look to unpack some of these scenarios so that facilitators can feel confident to deliver sessions with confidence.

Industry x Education Interface

  • 7th March 2024
  • 10am - 3pm
  • Conway Hall, London

A day to connect with top brands and resellers, and form new partnerships between Music Industry and education.

Spring 2024 Initial Course

  • 9th March, 20th April, 18th May & 15th June 2024
  • 10:00 - 17:00
  • The Dickens Room, The Birmingham and Midlands Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS

This course consists of four day sessions spread over four months and is designed for those who are either new to choral conducting, or have conducted for a while and want to back up their experience with training.

This course will help you develop the musicianship skills you need as a conductor and it compliments abcd’s Intermediate Level training days (Choral Conducting: An Intermediate Guide).This session can be booked as a stand alone training event, or as part of the Intermediate training days.

Teaching Music Inclusively

  • 12 March 2024, or 11 July 2024
  • Online (Zoom)

In this 1.5 hour webinar you will explore how to take an inclusive approach to teaching music in your setting.

Learning Behaviours in Whole Class Teaching

  • 12th March 2024
  • 18:00 - 19:30
  • Online (Zoom)

This 90 minute online experience is a quick and easy session aimed at performing arts teachers from all disciplines to help underpin behaviour basics in whole class teaching. The session is intended as a starting point for promoting the benefits of building positive relationships quickly.

Political Advocacy for Music Education

  • 13th March 2024
  • 3pm - 4.30pm
  • Online (Zoom)

Learn how best to advocate for Music Education in your local area.

Inclusive Practice In Action 2024: A Seat At The Table

  • 14th March 2024
  • 9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

Calling educators, practitioners, organisations and young people in the creative industries! Join Sound Connections for our annual Iclusive Practice In Action gathering this March to explore how integrating Youth Voice into organisational practice benefits everyone.

A full day virtual conference to understand more about how we can support parent-teachers, and address the motherhood penalty in education.

Inclusive Practitioner CPD Training – Plan a Project

  • 18 March 2024
  • 09:30 - 16:00
  • Beacon Music Centre, Stanton Road, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5SJ

A discussion-based, explorative session looking at how to develop music projects.

Join the ISM and PiPA (Parents & Carers in Performing Arts) on 19 March, 4-5pm for a webinar on flexible working for parents and carers in music.

T-Time

  • Termly (19th March, 6th June)
  • 4pm - 5pm
  • Online (Zoom)

This new session for classroom and peripatetic teachers is an opportunity to reflect on best practice in primary, secondary and SEND settings, learn from colleagues around the country and discuss the hot topics in music education.

As part of our New Directions in Inclusive Music series with MEHEM’s Uprising!, Dr. Ally Daubney will explore how Music Development plans can form the foundation of a school’s music offer, including appropriate curricula, ensembles and the development of staff skill and confidence. This session will be of particular interest to Inclusion Leads.

Developing Core Skills in Primary Music

  • 20 March 2024 or 2 May 2024
  • 9.30am - 2.30pm
  • Online (Zoom)

In this full day webinar you will learn how to support your pupils to develop their skills and understanding in performing, composing & improvising, listening, reading notation, and understanding the history of music.

Spring Summit

  • 22nd March 2024
  • 10am - 4pm
  • Friends House, Euston, London

This in-person summit is an opportunity for Music Service colleagues from across the UK to come together to discuss the hot topics in music education.

Teaching 3-5 Year Olds Singing & Musicianship

  • Tuesday 2 April 2024
  • 14:00 - 15:30
  • Online (Zoom)

Early years music skills made simple in 90 minutes. This easy online session is aimed at practitioners working within Early Years Foundation Stage settings to help organise and deliver fun activities for musical learning. This session also focuses on positive behaviour and relational practice.

Inclusive Practitioner CPD Training – Diversity and Inclusion

    • 2nd April 2024
    • 09:30 - 16:00
    • Beacon Music Centre, Stanton Road, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5SJ

    A look at the key issues and concepts of diversity and inclusion within music education, and how to ensure your work meets the needs of all young people.

    Choral Conducting: An Intermediate Guide

    • 20th April 2024
    • 9.30am - 4.30pm
    • St Andrew's Church, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LJ

    A one-day training event for those who have successfully completed our Initial level of training, or those who already have experience of leading a choir regularly and are looking to develop their skills further.

    A Common Approach: Introducing Tech and Tabla

    • 22nd April 2024
    • 4:00-5:30pm
    • Online (Zoom)

    Catherine Brentnall leads a session on the growth of A Common Approach with introductions to the new Music Tech and Tabla sections.

    Primary Music Leadership Certificate

    • 23 April, 21 May, 25 June 2024
    • 12.50pm - 3.20pm
    • Online (Zoom)

    This taught course comprises three half-day training sessions across the summer term. These will be supported with access to online learning materials, and challenges, ideas and activities to try out in the classroom, culminating in a short assignment.

    Musical Playfulness for Pupils with PMLD

    • 24th April
    • 4pm - 5.15pm
    • Online (Zoom)

    As part of our New Directions in Inclusive Music series with MEHEM Uprising, This webinar introduces practitioners to the Musical Play Framework and using it with pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.

    Join AYM’s facilitators for a free, online introduction to the Identifying Musical Talent and Potential training, covering the inclusive classroom approach and 8 Facets of Musical Potential.

    In this 1.5 hour webinar you will explore research around development and progression of musical skills in primary aged children.

    Fundraising Fundamentals

    • 9, 16, 23 May, 6, 13, 20 June
    • 1.30pm - 3.00pm
    • Online (Zoom)

    A course designed to guide those working in fundraising for Music Hubs and Services through the principles, challenges and opportunities of raising funds in this context.

    This twilight CPD series is designed to develop confidence, knowledge & skills for teachers, of all experience levels, leading secondary-school age singers either in a choir or a classroom. In this session, Amy Bebbington will explore a variety of conducting and musical leadership skills.

    Secondary Music Leadership Certificate

    • 22 May, 12 June, 3 July 2024
    • 1.15pm - 4.15pm
    • Online (Zoom)

    This programme aims to provide tools to support teachers in developing a thriving music department and delivering a high quality curriculum appropriate to their local context. It is suitable for those who are currently leading a department, or working towards their first head of department role.

    This 1.5 hour webinar Dr Liz Stafford will take you through the process of designing an effective, sequential, and progressive music curriculum.

    Marketing Fundamentals

    • 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July, 10 July & 17 July
    • 10.30am - 12.00pm
    • Online (Zoom)

    An introductory course designed to guide those working in Music Hubs and Services through the fundamental principles of marketing.

    Maximising the Impact of Classroom Helpers

    • 17th June 2024
    • 18:00 - 19:30
    • Online Zoom

    Are you making the most of your classroom help in your drama, dance or music lessons? Teaching assistants and additional adults (who may be teachers or performers) can have an amazing impact on learning when deployed and communicated with effectively.

    Ofsted Update on Music in Schools

    • 18th June 2024
    • 4pm - 5pm
    • Online (Zoom)

    Join Christopher Stevens for an update from Ofsted on Music Education in schools.

    In this 1.5 hour webinar you will explore how to create and implement a music development plan for your school or setting.

    This twilight CPD series is designed to develop confidence, knowledge & skills for teachers, of all experience levels, leading secondary-school age singers either in a choir or a classroom. In this session, Rachel Staunton will share her experience of engaging and retaining diverse teenage singers!

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