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A free, one day music education event for secondary music teachers at all stages of their careers took place yesterday at the University of Sussex with the aim to power up engagement and pathways to music through curriculum, schools and partnerships. 

The one-day conference was open to all secondary music teachers working in schools across Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex and University of Sussex partnership schools took place on Thursday 20 June. 

Over 100 teachers came to the event which was hosted by the University of Sussex in collaboration with West Sussex Music and Create Music, the first event since it was announced that the two will be deepening their partnership as consortium partners in the Sussex Music Hub. 

James Underwood, Chief Executive for West Sussex Music said,  

“Speaking to teachers on the day it really felt like everyone was coming away more empowered and fired up with knowledge from the incredible keynote speakers and inspirational workshops. I know that many will be eager to put what they’ve learned into practice back at in school.” 

With keynote speakers and workshops focusing on curriculum, inclusion, musical identities, funding, Ofsted’s recently published Music Subject Report, as well as the National Plan for Music Education and progression pathways into the music industry, it was a busy day! 

Keynote speakers and workshops included Dr Jayne Price from University of Huddersfield talking on identifying entrenched practices that may prevent minoritised pupils from engagement and participation and how to move forward. Other session leaders included Jacqui Shepherd discussing how to work with autistic strengths, Musa Mboob exploring traditional West African music making, Nancy Evans from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on routes into composing, and Rachel Maby from West Sussex Music with Issy Adams of Create Music giving practical advice on engaging KS3 pupils in singing. 

The next education conference to take place is the Primary and SEN(D) Music Conference organised by West Sussex Music. Aimed at all those working with children and young people it will take place at Chichester College on Wednesday 10 July.  

For more information and to book, visit here.

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