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Music Mark CPD Days

Added to website 05/02/2021. Updated 21/08/2023.

Watch recordings of our CPD Days including inspiring keynote speeches and sessions on jazz, gime, rap, song-writing and lots more.

We have run a series of Music Teaching CPD Days to support music delivery in and out of schools. Find out more about the sessions and how to watch their recordings below.

Summer Term CPD Day: 25th April 2022 

  • Session 1: Discussion with Nikki Yeoh
    An inspiring talk about Nikki’s route into jazz and ways to approach improvisation as a player and teacher
  • Session 2: Improvisation with Issie Barratt
    Issie Barratt of National Youth Jazz Collective, discusses practical ways of using improvisation in your teaching to develop musicianship.
  • Session 3: Launching A Common Approach
    Twenty years since the original A Common Approach guide for instrumental teachers was published, we are launching the refreshed version. Catherine Brentnall, who has coordinated the production of this new resource, will give a brief introduction to the updated guide.

Members can access recordings of all three sessions here.

Spring Term CPD Day: 6th January 2022

  • Session 1: Keynote speech and Q&A with Charlotte Barbour-Condini
    A keynote and Q&A with recorder player and violinist Charlotte Barbour Condini
  • Session 2: Musicians Without Borders
    Musicians Without Borders introduce their approach to inclusion and how this can be applied within schools and ensembles
  • Session 3: Instrument specific breakout groups

Members can access recordings of session 1 and session 2 here.

Autumn Term CPD Day: 7th September 2021

  • Session 1: Keynote speech and Q&A with Howard Goodall
    Keynote and Q&A from the award-winning composer, music historian and broadcaster Howard Goodall
  • Session 2: Confidence in singing with National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
    Charlotte Brosnan and the National Youth Choirs of Great BritainFellows give you tips and tricks for encouraging your students to explore their voices and demonstrate practical ways of teaching musicianship vocally.
  • Session 3: Instrument specific breakout groups

Members can access recordings of session 1 and session 2 here.

Summer Term CPD Day: 30th April 2021

  • Session 1: Inclusive song-writing
    This session is run by young tutors from Changing Tracks
    Sponsored by Changing Tracks
  • Session 2: An introduction to the world of rap, grime, and drill
    Led by Kenny Baraka, this session is an introduction to these styles of music incorporating some take away techniques for tutors to engage with in their teaching
    Sponsored by Sound and Music
  • Session 3: Composition for instrumental teachers
    Led by Sound and Music and exploring their work as part of Listen, Imagine, Compose, this session includes multiple speakers from academics to instrumental teachers and looks at making composition less intimidating
    Sponsored by Soundtrap

Members can access recordings of all three sessions here.

Spring Term CPD Day: 6th January 2021

  • Session 1: Playing by ear
    A practical session exploring the joys and benefits of playing by ear with folk musicians Sam Partridge (Artistic Director, National Youth Folk Ensemble) and Grace Smith (Music Leader, National Youth Folk Ensemble). Sam and Grace share successful teaching methods in learning and playing music by ear and explore why this approach is so valuable for young musicians.
    Sponsored by EFDSS
  • Session 2: Wellbeing tools for young people
    Coach and practitioner Tamba Roy shares practical strategies that aim to help students feel more confident and resilient when facing challenges. This relaxed but informative wellbeing event will introduce you to key insights and straightforward tools that can help students to be ‘in tune’ not only with others, but also with themselves
    Sponsored by Soundtrap
  • Session 3: Singing as part of an instrumental lesson
    In this interactive vocal musicianship session, Charles MacDougall explores routes into singing for the nervous student (and teacher), offering tools and techniques to engage reluctant singers, as well as activities to build vocal confidence to facilitate singing as a regular and valuable part of any instrumental lesson.

Members can access recordings of all three sessions here.

Autumn Term CPD Day: 3rd September 2020

  • Session 1: Music unlocked – Into the practice room
    A session led by Gary Griffiths and Martin Ashley discussing practical advice and guidance on getting back into the practice room in light of government safety restrictions
    Sponsored by Duet Group
  • Session 2: Online pedagogy
    A session led by Jon Kille from the MOD Schools Music Service based in Cyprus discussing the key considerations and practical tips for successful online teaching
    Sponsored by Charanga
  • Session 3: Embedding inclusion and diversity in your teaching practice
    A session, hosted by Sound Connections, focussing on key considerations for being inclusive in your teaching practice, discussing social justice issues and values
    Sponsored by ABRSM

Members can access recordings of all three sessions here.

About the Provider

Music Mark

We are a membership organisation, Subject Association, and an Arts Council England Investment Principles Support Organisation (IPSO) advocating for excellent musical learning in and out of school.