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Short Courses

Short Courses provide a forum for more in-depth training offered over a number of sessions across one or two terms. Each course offers 12 hours of training, designed and delivered by leading educationalists in partnership with teachers and specialist music organisations. They focus on high standards of practical music-making by pupils and aim to support teachers to develop their subject knowledge. Only open to teachers enrolled on the programme.

Please note – the first sessions of Whose Music Is It Anway? Ensembles Uncovered, and Voice Work: Getting Everyone Singing were postponed. The dates below reflect this postponement. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on info@teachthroughmusic.org.uk.

Listen, Imagine, Compose

Course designed & delivered by Sound & Music, City of Birmingham University and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG)

Reflect on what composing with young people entails, and explore and develop creative and pedagogic strategies for teaching composing. During this short course you will develop an existing scheme of work and deliver it in the form of an action research project with support from the short course team and your Fellow. This CPD draws on the recommendations of Listen Imagine Compose, a series of symposia and action research projects, which examined how composing is taught and learned at Key Stages 3 and 4.

Click here to download a session-by-session course guide.

Course Leaders: Pam Burnard, Composers from the original Listen Imagine Compose team and musicians from BCMG

(Note that this course is running twice, the dates of which are indicated below in two separate groups)

Group 1:

Session 1: Weds 5 November, 10.00-17.00 – The Grey Coat Hospital

Session 2: Mon 12 January, 16.30-19.30 – The Grey Coat Hospital

Session 3: Mon 16 March, 16.30-19.30 – Kings Place TBC

Session 4: Mon 18 May, 16.30-19.30 – Kings Place TBC

Group 2:

Session 1Tues 25 November, 10.00-17.00 – St Marylebone C.E. School

Session 2: Mon 19 January, 16.30-19.30 – St Marylebone C.E. School

Session 3: Mon 16 March, 16.30-19.30 – Kings Place TBC

Session 4: Mon 18 May, 16.30-19.30 – Kings Place TBC

Whose Music is it Anyway?

Led by University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in partnership with Forest Hill Boys School

While Musical Futures has brought self-directed learning to the forefront of music education, this course explores how aspects of ownership and decision making by pupils can be incorporated in a range of teaching styles as a means of engaging and including learners. The course itself will allow teachers to take the driving seat, embarking on enquiry based learning, in self-directed workgroups, considering how your teaching can capitalise upon the power of music as a social activity.

Course Leaders: Robert Wells & Craig Coggle

Session 1: Weds 19 November, 16.30-19.30 – Laban Building, Creekside

Session 2: Weds 03 December, 16.30-19.30 – Laban Building, Creekside

Session 3: Weds 21 January, 16.30-19.30 – Laban Building, Creekside

Session 4: Weds 18 March, 16.30-19.30 – Forest Hill School

Ensembles Uncovered

Delivered by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning in partnership with THAMES and Morpeth School

This short course will explore ways of placing ensemble working at the heart of the Key Stage 3 classroom, and equip the teacher with a portfolio of skills which are applicable across genres and both creative composition and repertoire based work. The course will consider issues around differentiation and mixed ability groups, assessment and progression.

Click here to download a guide to course content.

Please note, groups 1 & 2 have been brought together to form one larger group.

Session 1: Wed 21 January, 14.00-17.00 – Morpeth School

Session 2: Wed 04 February, 16.30-19.30 – Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Session 3: Wed 04 March, 14.00-17.00 – Morpeth School

Session 4 : Wed 11 March, 16.30-19.30 – Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Please note that this course will now all be based out of Morpeth School and GSMD, rather than initially promoted central-west London venues. Any queries please contact info@teachthroughmusic.org.uk.

Making Music in the Moment

Delivered by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance

A course on improvisation for the classroom, building confidence in teachers and exploring pedagogy, progression and assessment. This short course will explore the development of musical skills, through improvisation through years 7 to 9. Expect lots of practical experience, a ‘toolkit’ for facilitating improvisation in a range of musical styles, and opportunities to discuss issues of curriculum planning and delivery.

Course Leaders: Jackie Walduck and Sue Stephens

Session 1: Weds 26 November, 16.30-18.30

Session 2: Weds 03 December, 16.30-18.30

Session 3: Weds 14 January, 16.30-18.30

Session 4: Weds 04 February, 16.45-18.45

Session 5: Weds 25 February, 16.30-18.30

Session 6: Weds 25 March, 16.30-18.30

All at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, King Charles Court.

Voice Work: Getting Everyone Singing

Delivered by Sound Connections

The focus of this short course is engaging everyone in singing at KS3, and how to maintain pupils’ interest in singing throughout KS3 and beyond. The course will give teachers the tools to support pupils in singing, learning more about changing voices, using voices healthily and most importantly choosing vocal repertoire that works well for your pupils.

Click here to download a detailed session-by-session course guide.

Course Leaders: Jane Wheeler and Randolph Matthews

Please note, groups 1 & 2 have been brought together to form one larger group.

Session 1: Weds 19 November, 16.30-19.30 – Royal Opera House

Session 2: Mon 19 January, 16.30-19.30 – Rich Mix

Session 3:  Fri 23 January, 16.30-19.30 – Roundhouse

Session 4: Mon 09 March, 16.30-19.30 – Royal Opera House

Short Courses
Funded by:
  • Funder-Department-for-Eduction
  • Funder-Mayor-of-London
Delivered by:
  • Partner-Trinity-Laban
In partnership with:
  • Partner-Sound-Connections
  • Partner-Trinity-College-London
  • Partner-Barbican
  • Partner-University-of-Greenwich
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