Leicester-Shire Music Educators' Conference 2017
The Leicester-Shire Music Educator's Conference was, again, a great success. There was a buzz of teachers networking, sharing good practice and finding solutions to difficulties they have in leading music in their schools.
A highlight of the day for so many of us was the performance from the pupils at Dorothy Goodman School who performed their newly composed songs which are part of an Album 'Where the River Flows' a project that 4 SEN schools took part in, working with Composer Jack Ross.
The workshop leaders delivered a variety of inspiring workshops. A number of workshops had resources that delegates could take back and share with colleagues, including a Choir Support Pack, Schemes of Work and a CD and song book 'Where the River Flows'. Joanna Grace inspired teachers with the Sensory Engagement workshops and the feedback has been so positive that Joanna has agreed to deliver a whole days training in Sensory Engagement next year so watch this space and book on early to avoid disappointment.
The main conference room was filled with the sound of teachers playing djembes and learning native rhythms. We heard from Rita Hindocha, Rushey Mead Academy, about a project that is being delivered to pupils with Pupil Premium and the impact of learning to play an instrument daily can have on their education.
The new venue did not let us down, with plenty of tea, coffee, delicious treats and a 3 course meal. Thank you to all the delegates that attended - we look forward to seeing you all at next year's conference.
"I think these days are great. Good to 'refuel' and be inspired and re-energised again. They always make me feel more determined to do more and make things better."
"Well organised and thoughtful. Music teaching is quite an isolated experience so lovely to bring us all together."
"Very well put together, friendly and inspirational."
"Excellent day. Feel inspired. Am going home to make detailed notes to share with staff."
"Please keep doing this - it's my one time a year to learn, reflect, get ideas and come up with a plan!"
"Workshops were great, location and accommodation brilliant."
"..good to meet new people and catch up with old ones."
"Have learnt so much. Loved every workshop."
"The workshops, especially, were excellent."
Shane Dellaca, De Lisle College: The LSMS Music Teachers Conference was a great opportunity to refresh our perspective and approaches to the teaching of music in both the primary and secondary settings, through a variety of engaging workshops. I loved the djembe workshop because I felt like a student again. The opportunity to network and meet other music teachers was also invaluable because all too often, we work in isolation. The venue was great and the food fantastic! An important feature of any conference…Thank you LSMS.
Matt Green, Ashmount School: This was the first music education conference I had been to and so I didn't really know what to expect. I was given plenty of detail before the day and welcomed exceptionally well. The staff were able to help me find each area as needed.
Each workshop I attended was well prepared and offered a clear set of outcomes. The workshops leaders were knowledgeable in their field and also approachable, welcoming questions as they arose and making sure delegates were 'still with them' as they moved on. All three workshops that I attended were of exceptional quality and I have approached my school leadership team about using one workshop leader as a training day guest speaker.
The guidance before the conference about the different workshops helped me make an informed decision before arriving and I was not disappointed. Each workshop had practical applications which could easily be applied to the teaching of music, even in an SEND setting, which can sometimes be a tricky setting to apply new techniques in.
All of the staff were helpful and able to answer any questions I had. I didn't feel like there was quite as much networking time as had been earmarked in the running order due to workshops and other events running over. It may have been nice to have an optional event at the end of the conference for people to stay on at if they wanted to.
The venue was of superb quality and accommodated all that the conference needed. Being on two levels was not an issue and allowed for some separation between workshops and the networking/stand/coffee time.
Great job Sarah and team well done!
Angela Goring, Sparkenhoe Community Primary School: I always look forward to the annual Music Conference and this year didn't disappoint. The new venue, College Court, was an inviting space with a good variety of rooms for the workshops, a relaxing area for coffee and networking and an impressive restaurant that provided a lovely selection of food. LSMS staff were on hand as always and guided us through our day in their usual upbeat, friendly manner. Nothing is too much trouble.
The workshops were of excellent quality once again. I was a little concerned, before arriving, that the choice of workshops for primary level were more limited than other years but I did find three to attend and found each one to be thoroughly enjoyable and informative. All the sessions had a good variety of materials available and the content can easily be adapted to fit in to our music curriculum. The session were pitched at the right level for my teaching experience, providing me with the tools to progress our pupils in their musical understanding as well as fuelling my supply of lesson plans!
The networking opportunities are wide and it's always good to catch up with colleagues and to share concerns, worries and new ideas for the classroom and we had ample time to do this but I think that I would of preferred slightly longer in each workshop instead of so much networking time. This would enable a greater understanding of the sessions as sometimes an hour can seem a little rushed.
Overall the conference was a valuable experience and continues to keep colleagues up to date with current practices and teaching ideas. Maintaining the links with schools and keeping teachers connected ensures we feel part of a larger network supporting and helping us to provide music at a good and solid standard throughout our schools.
Documents & Information from the Leicester-Shire Music Educators' Conference 2017
This year the focus was on Progression in music.
Key Note Speaker: Johnny Ball
'Inspiring Progression in Music Education'
(with links to maths and music)
- How to set up a choir: Includes a free choir starter pack with 10 NEW songs
- Forum: Singing progression in KS3 and beyond
- Composing from Young Inspiration: Launching the album 'Where the River Flows'
- Rock School: Progression and Aspiration
- Leicester-Shire Music Curriculum: A FREE unit of work to take back and trial in the classroom
- Djembe workshop: Practical Music making
- Making Music A-level work: Resources, ideas and approaches
- The Sensory Project: Communicating with sensory beings who do not have access to language
- Case studies: Sharing good practice
To register interest in next years Music Educators' Conference, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 3050403.