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Anthony Anderson

Resilience as a Music Teacher

Suitable for KS3, 4 & 5

Being a Music teacher can be one of the most rewarding things you can ever do. But what when it's not quite so easy? What about when the heat is on and it's downright difficult? This session will provide a forum for looking at the pressure points that are particularly challenging for music teachers, with opportunities to share ideas for dealing with these stresses and strains. There will be ideas for strategies and contacts for support. The session is not therapy, but will be an opportunity to consider your professional profile in a music-teacher work-life balance context.

Why you need to know about Research

Suitable for KS3, 4 & 5

Research can be seen as irrelevant to classroom practice and a waste of everyone's time. But research at its best provides insight into how what we do in the classroom affects those we teach and help us hone better questions about what an effective education might look like. Did you know that many of the terms we use in education come from research? Do you want to continue to develop professionally and to keep in touch with fresh thinking and ideas about pedagogy? There's never been a more important time to consider educational research and this session will seek to show you why.

Anthony Anderson is a Graduate Research Teaching Assistant at Birmingham City University. He began his PhD whilst a full time school music teacher. Anthony is also an accredited Advanced Skills Teacher, coach and Outstanding Facilitator with the UK National College for Teaching and Leadership. He is an experienced initial teacher educator and a member of the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Music Education. Anthony is a former chair of the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Music in the UK, which advised the Department for Education during the 2013 revision of the National Curriculum.