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London Music Pledge launched at Mayor’s Education Conference
On the 21st November 2014, Mayor of London Boris Johnson launched the London Music Pledge at the Mayor’s Education Conference at City Hall. In his keynote speech, Boris pledged to boost music in London schools, explaining that the subject is vital for the economy and can teach young people to “turn the mundane into the beautiful”.
The Mayor announced that from early 2015, a team of ‘London Music Champions’ – professional musicians and expert headteachers – will be available to advise teachers about developing music education within their schools. The pledge also aims to refresh the existing Music Excellence London schemes providing CPD training for Key Stage 3 music teachers. As well as this, the Mayor’s pledges included offering advice and support for parents of young musicians, the continuation of the Mayor’s Music Fund, and giving awards to schools that show outstanding commitment to music. These are to be presented at the 2015 London Music Awards.
Boris announced the five key pledges as follows:
- Specialist advice for headteachers
- CPD and resources for teachers
- Jargon-free advice for teachers
- Nurturing young musicians
- Celebrating schools and young musicians
In a foreword to the pledge, the Mayor writes ‘Music isn’t a “nice-to-have”, it’s an essential part of every child’s education.’ He goes on to write that ‘As with maths, history or sport, children will progress at different rates. But it’s the job of headteachers, with the help of music education hubs, to ensure that every child, not just those that can pay for tuition, has the opportunity and encouragement to progress in music through to GCSE level and beyond.’
Sound Connections are proud to have been a part of the Mayor’s Music Education Taskforce that developed this pledge and who are continuing to make sure London’s headteachers and class teachers are getting the best support in music.
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Music Excellence London: Webinar - 'A practical guide to composing and arranging music for the KS3 classroom and school ensemble'
Thursday 27 April 2017
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Music Excellence London: TeachMeet - 'Building a department from the bottom-up: a musical vision'
Thursday 4 May 2017
5.00pm - 7.00pm
Samba Drumming and Body Percussion
Wednesday 24 May 2017
2.00pm - 5.00pm
What’s That Noise? - Encouraging child-initiated musicality with John Webb
Wednesday 21 June 2017
9.15am - 3.30pm
- Did you see the @SConnections newsletter this week? Exciting #Innovate2017 + workshop announcements. Read it here: https://t.co/JqrOJ77mAm,
- Experience hands on child-initiated music making with John Webb @KintorewayNS on 21 June #LEYMN #earlyyears… https://t.co/z1dLeVpoIZ,
- Next @MusicExLondon TeachMeet, May 4 'Building a dept from the bottom up: A musical vision' thanks @listermusicdept… https://t.co/66RHCEPzrn,
- Uniqueness of three orgs coming together on one project. @Seriouslive @lsostlukes Discovery and @hackneymusic Shari… https://t.co/Vo3riyQGEC,
- Chris Mackin from Ickburgh School - working w @hmdtmusic @lsostlukes @hackneymusic - just finished project for… https://t.co/amvFPJi8e5,
- "Take the risk to put young people in driving seat - they will always surprise you & create brilliant projects" #YouthVoice @hackneymusic,
- Great #YouthVoice presentation from Kenia, Takiyah, Caitlin @hackneymusic #YouthMusicForum. Young people must have… https://t.co/Qwc4oUbV0r,
- "Collaboration is vital defence to reduction of our provision as music educators. Think about schools,… https://t.co/s71tsbVMum,
- Great to be at this @hackneymusic event this evening. A brilliant network doing fantastic partnership work with sch… https://t.co/oGEqGvW3Eb,
- MT @sfhannan Gr8 to hear from a music coord @hackneymusic event that theirHT sees music key to curriculum & focus not just on maths/literacy,