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Teach Through Music Final Conference – Friday 10 July 2015

Friday 10 July saw the culmination of the Teach Through Music programme – a year of professional development, inspiration and support for London’s Key Stage 3 music teachers, funded by the Department for Education and the Mayor of London. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance hosted a jam-packed day that celebrated all the achievements of the teachers enrolled on the programme through the series of Inspire Events and Short Courses held throughout the year. Secondary school music teachers, freelance music educators, academics and cultural organisations all came together to share research findings, connect with the pan-London community of practice established over the year, and – most importantly – make music.

The day was divided into different kinds of activity:

Keynote speech: François Matarasso – writer, researcher and speaker.

Beyond Inspire – reflections on the five Inspire Events held over the course of the year:

  • Preparing all pupils for Key Stage 4? City Hall, Wednesday 12 November 2014
  • Principles of musical assessment, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, 25 November 2014
  • London’s cultural offer, Southbank Centre, 2 February 2015
  • Making the case for music in schools, Barbican, 18 March 2015
  • Raising musical standards for all at Key Stage 3, Royal Academy of Music, 13 May 2015

Case Study Focus – reflections on the Short Courses running throughout the year:

  • Listen, Imagine, Compose, Judith Robinson
  • Whose Music is it Anyway? Craig Coggle
  • Making Music in the Moment, Jackie Walduck
  • Ensembles Uncovered, Paul Griffiths and Peter Romhany

Creative Leader sessions:

  • Reeps One, UK Champion beatboxer and recording artist, and collaborator Linden Jay
  • Guillermo Rozenthuler, Buenos Aires-born vocalist and guitarist, who has developed a singing improvisation technique called Circlesinging

Movement for musicians sessions:

  • Yoga with Shamita Ray, Laban
  • Alexander Technique with Alun Thomas, Laban

…as well as a host of talks, presentations and networking opportunities! The day drew to a close with some live jazz provided by Trinity Laban musicians, and celebratory cool drinks on the canal side.

Many thanks to all those who attended and helped make the event such a huge success! You can find a Storify summary made up of Tweets and photos here to re-live the day. Watch this space for resources and materials from our presenters.

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