RNCM Music Education Conference 2019

Join us on Friday 28 June 2019 for the RNCM Music Education Conference: Pathways to Progression.

This informative one-day event provides the opportunity to reflect and consider how music educators can help young people to become the best possible musicians at every stage of their journey.

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Share creative ideas and practical strategies to support young learners through transition points and to overcome barriers, and hear success stories from inspiring individuals whose work fosters and delivers an inclusive musical education in their school/music service.

Delegates will have choice of a range of breakout sessions where you’ll have the chance to discuss, debate and participate in sessions and workshops led by experts in a range of areas. There will be options suitable for all so you can tailor your day according to your personal and professional interests.

Tailor the day according to your personal interests through a range of breakout sessions, all of which offer the chance to discuss, debate and participate in sessions and workshops led by experts in a range of areas. And take the time to network with fellow music teaching professionals in a relaxed environment over lunch and refreshments.

Plenary Speakers

  • Professor Linda Merrick, Principal, RNCM
  • Carolyn Baxendale MBE, Head of Bolton Music Service
  • Jimmy Rotheram, Music Coordinator, Feversham Primary Academy, Bradford
  • Kate Campbell-Green, Head of Tameside Music Service

Session Leaders

  • Sara Ascenso, Lecturer in Musicians’ Health and Wellbeing, RNCM
  • Gerard Booth, Head of Service, Oldham Music Service
  • Sarah Crooks, Senior Tutor, RNCM Young Strings
  • Professor Lynne Dawson, Head of Vocal Studies and Opera, RNCM
  • Mike Edwards, Head of Music, Blessed John Henry Newman RC College, Oldham
  • Robert Gardiner, Assistant Head of Music Education (PGCE), RNCM
  • Geth Griffith, Tutor in Academic Studies, RNCM
  • Dr John Habron, Head of Music Education, RNCM
  • Bethan Habron-James, Musicianship Tutor Young Strings, RNCM
  • Dr David Horne, Head of Graduate School, RNCM
  • Rachael Jones, Pathfinder Coordinator, RNCM
  • Clark Rundell, Head of Conducting, RNCM
  • Dr Jonathan Savage, Reader, School of Teacher Education and Professional Development, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Andy Stott, Head of Popular Music, RNCM
  • Fiona Stuart, Head of Learning and Participation, RNCM

Who is this conference suitable for?

The event is suitable for music teachers from all sectors, including primary and secondary schools, sixth form/FE colleges, music services, and universities.

Further Information

We will also be offering free tickets to our evening Symphony Orchestra concert at The Bridgewater Hall to all conference delegates.

Click on the tabs below for event information. More details will be added once confirmed so please check back for the latest updates.

If you have any questions about the RNCM Music Education Conference, please email educationconference@rncm.ac.uk.

Programme Overview*

9am – 9.30am Registration and Refreshments
9.30am – 10am Welcome Address
10am – 11am Plenary Session
11am – 11.30am Refreshments and Networking
11.30am – 12.30am Breakout Sessions
12.30pm – 1.45pm Lunch and Networking
1.45pm – 2.45pm Breakout Sessions
3pm – 4pm Breakout Sessions
4pm – 4.30pm Refreshments and Networking
4.30pm End of Conference

*These timings may be subject to change. Please keep an eye on this webpage for conference programme updates.

Plenary Session*

We are delighted to welcome Jimmy Rotheram, the first music coordinator of Feversham Primary Academy in Bradford, whose transformative work to rebuild the curriculum around music took the school from special measures into a success story.

We are also delighted to welcome Kate Campbell-Green, Head of Tameside Music Service to share initiatives in her service which facilitate inclusivity.

*Conference content/speakers may be subject to change. Please keep an eye on this webpage for conference programme updates.

Breakout Sessions*

We have an exciting range of interactive breakout sessions available for delegates to choose from, including:

Discussion and Debate

Panel Debate: Addressing the Decline of GCSE and A level Music
Chaired by Dr John Habron, RNCM
Dr Jonathan Savage, Reader, School of Teacher Education and Professional Development, Manchester Metropolitan University
Carolyn Baxendale MBE, Head of Bolton Music Service
Fiona Stuart, Head of Learning and Participation, RNCM

(The) Mind (in) the Gaps: Psychological Development and Mental Health in the Transitions to and from HE
Sara Ascenso, Lecturer in Musicians’ Health and Wellbeing, RNCM

Musical Progression: Transitioning from Primary to Secondary School
Gerard Booth, Head of Service, Oldham Music Service
Mike Edwards, Head of Music, Blessed John Henry Newman RC College

How the RNCM Can Support your Students’ Progression

From First Contact to Profession: RNCM Engage
Rachael Jones, Pathfinder Coordinator, RNCM
Fiona Stuart, Head of Learning and Participation, RNCM

Young Strings: An Integrated Approach to Engaging the Whole Child in Musical Learning
Sarah Crooks, Senior Tutor, RNCM Young Strings

Popular Music Education: How to Succeed in an Audition
Andy Stott, Head of Popular Music, RNCM

Teacher Education and CPD: Developing More Musical Music Teaching
Robert Gardiner, Assistant Head of Music Education (PGCE), RNCM
Joanna Mangona, Creative Leader for Curriculum, Charanga

Practical Workshops

Sharpen up your teaching skills through practical sessions led by RNCM teaching staff.

Conducting/Leading an Ensemble
Clark Rundell, Head of Conducting, RNCM

Boost your Singing-Teaching Skills
Professor Lynne Dawson, Head of Vocal Studies and Opera, RNCM

Developing Composition Skills Workshop
Dr David Horne, Head of Graduate School, RNCM

Dalcroze Eurhythmics: How Movement Helps Learning Within the Music Lesson
Bethan Habron-James, Musicianship Tutor Young Strings, RNCM

*Conference content/speakers may be subject to change. Please keep an eye on this webpage for conference programme updates.

How to Book

We are now open for bookings. Please complete the online booking form on our Conference Booking Page.

On completion of the form, you will need to arrange payment for your place – payment can be made by bank transfer or by credit/debit card. If you require an invoice, please indicate this when you make your booking.

Delegate Fee

The conference is a not-for-profit event. The full conference rate is £60 (£50 + VAT) and an early bird booking rate of just £45 (£37.50 + VAT) has been extended for bookings received and paid for by 18 April 2019. The fee includes conference attendance, lunch, refreshments and a free ticket to our evening Symphony Orchestra concert at the Bridgewater Hall.