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What’s on at Music Mark this Summer Term?

22nd March 2023

What's on at Music Mark this Summer term? Our programme of training and events for summer 2023

Enhance your skills and connect with the wider music education community this Summer term with Music Mark’s programme of training and events. Our line-up includes peer group meetings, full training courses, and interactive webinars – many of which are free to attend or subsidised for Members. Whether you’re seeking to develop your practice, build new relationships, or simply stay up to date on the latest sector developments, there’s something for everyone. Have your calendar at the ready and take a look at our highlights below!  


Training and events for music teachers, schools, community musicians and educators

Members of the Aurora orchestra team hold instruments including harp and bassoonon a stage which looks like the night sky

Learn more about music-making in the classroom with the Aurora Orchestra

24 April 2023 |  Aurora and the Magical Toy Box: Creative Music-Making in the Classroom
Since 2012, Aurora Orchestra has been creating pioneering musical experiences for young children through their Far, Far Away concert series. Learn more about Aurora Orchestra programmes to support Early Years, Key Stage 1, and SEND in their own settings. Register to join.

13 June 2023 | Tuesday Teach Meets
Join us for our online discussion group for classroom and instrumental music teachers. This is your opportunity to bring along a cup of tea and finish your day (or start your evening) meeting and chatting with colleagues around the country, sharing your experiences and talking about the hot topics in music education. Sign up here.

14 June 2023 | Sparkyard – A new resource for developing a musical culture and curriculum
Winner of the Outstanding Music Education Resource at the Music and Drama Education awards, Sparkyard is a subscription-based toolkit for Primary School Music. This session will explore how Sparkyard was developed and how it can be an invaluable tool in creating musical communities within and beyond schools. Book to join.


Training and events for those working in administration, marketing, finance, and more

Sam Stimpson presents on stage, wearing a pale brown tunic top

Sam Stimpson will lead Diversification in Music Education and the Emerge to Thrive sessions

4 May – 11 July 2023 |  Talk into Action: Emerge to Thrive
A space for EDI leaders to express, grow, and learn how to effectively lead the commitment to EDI in their organisations. This online course is a series of masterclasses and workshops and looks to redefine EDI for leaders with 3 key focus areas. Book here.

14 June – 19 July | Marketing Fundamentals
This six-week introductory course will guide those working in Music Hubs and Services through the fundamental principles of marketing. If you’re responsible for updating your organisation’s social media platforms, website content, and newsletters but would like more confidence in these areas, this might be the course for you. Find out more and book your place.

3 May 2023 | The Leadership Collective – The Happiness Advantage
This interactive workshop explores the ways happiness directly relates to individual and team resilience and is relevant to people in all stages of their career, especially those interested in shaping and influencing working cultures. Register to join.

17 May 2023 | Diversification in Music Education – Why it matters and what to avoid to do it right
Led by Samantha Stimpson, this session will explore and highlight inequities which currently exist in terms of the music curriculum and exam syllabus, how to approach diversification in a non-tokenistic way and the myth around decolonisation in music education. Sign up.

6 July 2023 |  The Leadership Collective – Striking a Balance
When it seems like there are just not enough hours in the day, how can we succeed in attaining a healthy work-life balance? This workshop will explore the range of factors that promote greater workplace satisfaction, efficacy and understanding, and how participants and their organisations can become more aligned to their purposes and values. Book here.


Training and events for those in leadership or managerial roles

25 April 2023 | Bates Wells: Formalising Partnerships
In the context of the latest announcements regarding the geography of the Arts Council England Hub Investment Programme, the experts at Bates Wells give an overview of the legal and governance options available to organisations who want to now formally collaborate or join forces around a lead hub. Register to join.

28 April 2023 | Leading Difficult Professional Conversations
From time to time every leader will face the prospect of having difficult professional conversations which they may feel ill-equipped to handle. This session led by Andy Hind explores how we can hold difficult conversations in a way that is supportive of others, productive, and meaningful. This training session is now fully booked; please get in touch to be added to the waiting list.

20 June 2023 |  The Leadership Collective: Managing Through Change
This workshop looks at ways we can manage change more effectively; from building self-awareness, to building better relationships, from understanding the impact of change, to effectively supporting others. This session is perfect for anyone in a leadership role who is embarking on managing their teams or workforces through a period of change. Book here.

…And that’s not all. We also regularly programme events in response to need, signpost to other events across the sector, and run a number of peer groups, mentoring programmes, and coaching programmes which our members are invited to join.

To keep up to date with the latest music education events and training opportunities, be sure to visit our Training & Events pages or members can sign up to our monthly Training & Events newsletter.