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Resources to support music education within further education provision


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This directory has been produced to allow anyone seeking a further education or higher education music course in the UK or Ireland to locate, contact and compare education centres running those courses in their region.

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Clod Ensemble’s Ear Opener is a learning programme which supports music creators. They create digital resources, facilitate in-person composition workshops with music students, work with teachers to develop their composition teaching skills, and advocate for the role of music in our lives.

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This free course introduces listening skills and music terminology in an accessible way. It is appropriate for home study, as a teaching resource and for CPD.

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Music Mark has worked alongside independent Music Education consultant Gary Griffiths to compile COVID-19 related guidance so you can make music safely in and out of school.

We have reviewed academic studies, and consulted our Members, the Music Teachers’ Association, the Music Industries Association, the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Musicians’ Union, as well as individual sector experts, headteachers and teachers.

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The latest information available on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Music Mark’s 2019 Conference took place in Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield exploring the theme, ‘Play the Bigger Game’.

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Junior Trinity offers the opportunity to study for an A Level in Music Technology as part of its Saturday programme for students in Year 10 or higher who can read music fluently and have some basic keyboard skills.

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Launched in July 2018 as part of AccessHE Week 2018, the AccessHE Creative HE Apply Guide offers information and support for learners interested in applying to creative HE courses who are otherwise discouraged from pursuing their passions for the Creative Arts.

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Led by RNCM tutor Mark Heron, this course provides participants with hands-on practical experience in a variety of genres. Thanks to partnerships with the Hallé Youth Orchestra and Derby and Derbyshire Music Partnership, the practical work takes place in front of young musicians of the same age group as they encounter in their work.

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Compelling evidence for the benefits of music education are revealed in a new research review by internationally renowned Professor Susan Hallam MBE, UCL Institute of Education.

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