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Teach Through Music Inspire Event – Raising Musical Standards for all at Key Stage 3

Wednesday 13 May saw another Teach Through Music Inspire Event take place, this time at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music. This twilight event was curated by teacher, trainer and consultant Robert Wells, and focused on raising musical standards for all at Key Stage 3.

After a welcome from Robert, the inspirational beatboxer and Vocal Artist Randolph Matthews took to the stage to lead a warm-up on vocal percussion, and specifically, engaging boys.

A carousel of workshops followed. Molly Newton – a Music Teacher and Lecturer in Education from York – shared her work with pupils in KS2 and KS3, and presented handy tips for tackling the tricky issue of transition between primary and secondary. Julian West – Head of Open Academy at the Royal Academy of Music – led a practical session on collaborative composition, and using different stimulus such as poetry as a starting point for original compositions. Sound Artist and Music Technologist Gawain Hewitt led the third session on how to use creative technologies in the music classroom – delegates were impressed with the carrots and aluminium foil used as instruments!

The interactive workshops were followed by networking over wine, and teachers sharing experiences and ideas.

Thank you to all who attended and made the event such a success! We were delighted to receive excellent feedback, and you can read a Storify summary made up of Tweets and photos from the event here.

“An excellent way to gain a new perspective on your teaching and share experiences with other practitioners”

“I think the delivery was excellent and the range of topics very exciting”

“Good to network with other teachers and get ideas for KS3 teaching.”

There is one more Inspire Event to go before Teach Through Music’s Final Conference! Back to due popular demand is the seminar on ‘Principles of musical assessment’, led by Dr Alison Daubney (University of Sussex) and Professor Martin Fautley (Birmingham City University). The event will take place on Tuesday 16 June at the University of Greenwich.

Click here to find out more and book your FREE place!


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