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Music Education Conference

Friday 8 July 2022

Every Child A Musician

Music Education Conference

#EveryChildAMusician

We’re inviting those working with children and young people to our first in-person music education conference for three years.

Every Child a Musician is for primary, secondary and SEN(D) music teachers. A day dedicated to ensuring the innate creativity and musicianship in yourself and every child you work with is developed, valued, and nurtured.


Headlining the conference are internationally recognised guest speakers Paul Harris and Kris Halpin who will be running workshops with us.

Workshops:
Our theme, Every Child a Musician, puts at its heart the innate creativity of all children. Set alongside the expectations of the National Curriculum and recommendations of the Model Music Curriculum, the day explores ‘how’ to facilitate creativity, improvisation and composition from EYFS to Key Stage 5.  There’s something for everyone!

Find out more & book tickets

This conference is FREE to West Sussex Music Education Hub schools, partners and associates 
And just £30 for non-West Sussex schools and educators

✅  Please tick the gift aid box if purchasing a ticket, it makes a huge difference and allows us to provide more opportunities for pupils.

Workshops

Session One Workshops

Improvising and Composing (KS3, KS4, KS5) Paul Harris

In this session Paul helps teachers overcome the trepidation that often accompanies the prospect of teaching improvisation and composition and gives advice on encouraging students to have a go, develop new skills and become confident creators.

Patterns, Pictures and Playing (EYFS, KS1 and SEND) Emily Barden

Based on Emily’s recent work with West Sussex SEND schools this interactive workshop is primarily for those working with Early Years, KS1 and in SEND settings, however the process could be adapted to any key stage. You will explore using the environment around you, pattern making and art as a way into composition, improvisation and creative music making using classroom percussion instruments, the voice and any other resources that can be used to make interesting sounds.

Whole Class Ensemble Tuition – The Ukulele (Suitable for all Key Stages) Anna Ryder

Learn the skills you will need to introduce this versatile instrument to your class. Ana will teach you some key ukulele techniques and how to use the ukulele as a tool for improvising and composing in a class setting.

Session Two Workshops

Improvising and Composing (EYFS, KS1, KS2) Paul Harris

In this session Paul helps teachers overcome the trepidation that often accompanies the prospect of teaching improvisation and composition and gives advice on encouraging students to have a go, develop new skills and become confident creators.

Social Model Music Making: Using technology to create, improvise and compose in inclusive settings. (KS3, KS4, KS5)

Kris Halpin, musician, technologist, and Disability activist will take you on an adventure exploring the process steps towards creating a complete piece of music using technology. With inclusion at the heart of everything he does Kris will give you strategies, ideas and resources that will ensure everyone you teach can access high quality musical experiences and the thrill of creating their own masterpieces.

GCSE Composition (KS4)

Musical Futures Champion Jane Werry is a specialist leader in music education.  As well as frequently writing about music she is the director of music at Hayes School in Bromley.  From the first drafts to fine-tuning for those higher grades, this workshop will give you strategies to support your teaching for GCSE composition.

Session Three Workshops

Teaching the Language of Music (All) - Paul Harris

As music teachers, of the three main areas of study that fill up our contact time with pupils — the development of technique, the nurturing of artistry and learning the language itself, it is usually the latter that often gets minimal (if any). In this workshop Paul will try to redress this situation. He will investigate the areas of our world that may be said to be the Language of Music, why they are so important and explore how we can teach them in a fun and practical way.

Social Model Music Making: Using technology to create, improvise and compose in inclusive settings. (EYFS, KS1, KS2)

Kris Halpin, musician, technologist, and Disability activist will take you on an adventure exploring the process steps towards creating a complete piece of music using technology. With inclusion at the heart of everything he does Kris will give you strategies, ideas and resources that will ensure everyone you teach can access high quality musical experiences and the thrill of creating their own masterpieces.

Sing Your Own Song (All) Emily Barden

We’re going to write a song!

This interactive session will be a chance to work alongside professional songwriter Emily Barden to experience collaborative song writing. From zero to hero, take part in the process of generating ideas, refining lyrics, developing melodies, identifying hooks and editing to get a complete song in an hour.

Suitable for anyone wanting to pick up strategies for the song writing process -whatever age they teach.

Key speakers

PAUL HARRIS
Clarinetist | Composer | Author | Educator

A world without culture is a world without humanity and humanity is at the heart of creating harmonious human relationships and a happy society. Music is perhaps the most important of all the arts within the world of culture and is unique in the fact that anyone can take part in it in some form or another and in so many ways

KRIS HALPIN
Music. Technology. Disability. Adventures.

Music has always meant everything to me. My earliest memories are of music and how it could transport me to another place. It was escapism when I needed it, and true expression as I needed that more and more. Despite the barriers I faced, I was totally committed to serving music. Now that I am able to, I make it my mission to break down those barriers for another generation of young musicians.”

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