LSMS Music Educator's Conference 2019 - #LSMSCONF
Choosing Creativity: Music for All

The LSMS Music Educators' Conference 2019 took place on Friday 1st February 2019 at College Court, Leicester.

Conference Brochure

The LSMS Music Educators' Conference 2020 will take place on Friday 31st January 2020 (9.00am - 4.00pm) at Beaumanor Hall, Beaumanor Dr, Woodhouse, Loughborough LE12 8TX.

The Keynote Speaker will be Faz Shah.

Price per delegate - £180
Early Bird Offer - £150 if booked by 16th December 2019

Full details for follow shortly.

Conference Feedback 2019

As a retired primary teacher I understand that my role as a link governor is as a source of support to the school and a source of information for the rest of the governing body. Making that less daunting to those governors without an education background is essential. Before I retired, I was lucky to work in a school with a two form entry in every year group which meant my colleague and I could support each other in our weaker subjects. Mine was Music. I really enjoyed the conference as it enabled me to see some of the amazing new ideas for teaching the Music curriculum. I always write a report for the other members of the governors to read

Lesley Studley

Make More of Music Resources from Sue Nicholls - click here!

Please note that these resources are password protected. The password has been sent to all delegates who attended the conference.

Conference Course Information

Marie Bessant - OCR GCSE 9-1: Approaches to coursework preparation & OCR: Approaches to the GCSE Listening exam

Workshop 1 Title - OCR GCSE 9-1: Approaches to coursework preparation

Looking at requirements for and approaches to performance and composition, and how to integrate the skills and areas of study. Interpretation of marking criteria and how to apply it. This can focus on composition if delegates require this! Opportunities to ask questions and get support from the subject advisor.

Workshop 2 Title - OCR: Approaches to the GCSE Listening exam

Understanding the listening paper; this session will explore what to expect; how to prepare; tips for teaching and covering the specification content. Application and interpretation of the marking criteria. Opportunities to ask questions and get support from the subject advisor.

About Marie Bessant
Marie is OCR's Subject advisor for Music and Performing Arts. Previously a teacher and head of department, Marie oversees the management, running and support for all of OCR's Music, Drama and PA qualifications.

Marie joined OCR in July 2014 as a Music Subject Specialist after teaching Music for 10 years. With experience as Head of Department at secondary schools and FE colleges Marie has taught GCSE, A Level, BTEC and HND. As OCR's Music specialist Marie is leading the development for the new Music GCSEs and A Levels as well as looking after resources, CPD and support for the current Music qualifications. Alongside this Marie is an organist and pianist with a love for rock music.

Kathy Croft and Jo Eagle - Awards For Young Musicians – Practical Progression

Workshop Title - Awards For Young Musicians – Practical Progression

Workshop Description
Encouraging Diverse Musical Experiences: This workshop is centred around a short film made in partnership with Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub. We will explore the benefits of providing a creative anddiverse range of musical experiences for young people in order to encourage engagement and enjoyment. The film focuses on musical diversity and shows three different ways of experiencing music via Leicester's Sitar Society, a Turntablism workshop and a Taiko drumming performance. The film also speaks with a local studio about their inclusive approach to music making.

The workshop will be a mixture of media, learning and activities.

About Kathy Croft
Kathy Croft has worked as a peripatetic music instructor in schools and Early Years settings in the East Midlands for 25 years. In the last decade she has been involved in projects, funded by Youth Music, that have a focus on child-centred learning and inclusion. Her commitment to this approach has led her to pursue courses including OU/Trinity Whole Class Instrumental Tuition CPD which she has used to develop her own Whole Class Recorder programme. In addition to this, she has studied for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Music Psychology in Education at the University of Sheffield. Kathy is delighted to be involved in the development and delivery of Practical Progression for AYM.

About Jo Eagle
Jo Eagle is a Teacher/Facilitator for Practical Progression and a Local Co-ordinator for Furthering Talent in Brighton & Hove. Music has been a huge influence across all aspects of her life. As a teenager she was involved in several local concert, jazz and accordion bands. Following a BA in Popular and World Musics at Leeds University, and a PGCE at Sussex, she has been a music teacher for the past 7 years as well as performing on saxophone and accordion in various bands. She currently composes for, performs in and tour-manages musical theatre science shows for Tangram Theatre Company and Ensonglopedia. She's passionate about supporting young people to have the broadest and most inspiring musical experiences possible.

& Jo Eagle

Callum Given - Project One Dot

Workshop Title - Project One Dot

Workshop description
Project One Dot is a new singing resource that can be used to inspire vocal creativity, support learning of songs and find extension exercises that you can use with the songs. This resource is used as the foundation which leads on to supporting song-writing in the Key Stage 2 classroom.

About Callum Given
Callum Given is Producer and Learning and Inclusion Officer at Snape Maltings where he working on the international singing project Friday Afternoons –

Adam Hickman - Introduction to ReelMusic for Instrumental and Classroom Music Teachers in Leicestershire

Workshop Title - Introduction to ReelMusic for Instrumental and Classroom Music Teachers in Leicestershire

Workshop Description
ReelMusic is the first digital resource of its kind, created specifically for Music Hubs, Schools and Higher Education Institutions. LSMS have funded a FREE subscription to all schools and instrumental teachers in the county and this session will explain how to make the most of this valuable resource.

Reel Music supports new and existing music teachers through an online, video based professional development platform. Users can access a bank of over 230 bite-size video clips by phone, PC or tablet and it is possible to make notes against clips and share with colleagues to facilitate dialogue and collaboration. Please visit for further details.

About Adam Hickman
Adam graduated from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2008 with a BMus (Hons) degree. At the conservatoire he studied classical guitar with Mark Ashford and Mark Eden, and second study piano with Caroline Costello. Upon graduation, Adam completed a PGCE in Primary Education at Birmingham City University and has since worked as a peripatetic music teacher at Services For Education – Music Service. At the Music Service, Adam has held a number of positions of responsibility and is currently Interim Deputy Head of Service.

Nick Hughes - Understanding composition mark schemes and the process of composing

Workshop Title - Understanding composition mark schemes and the process of composing

Workshop description
Interpreting mark schemes for creative subjects can often feel like a guessing game. At one time or another we've all had composition marks come back on GCSE and A-level results day and been confused at student outcomes. What are the examiners really looking for? Nick shares his research in to unpicking the composing process and how this has influenced his own KS3 composition mark scheme. Along the way he discusses different types of assessment, how the sequencing of composing skills is important in teaching composing, as well as his own experiences in teaching and assessing compositions. Delegates will be looking at old and current music composition mark schemes and will have the opportunity to discuss the question "what do they mean?"

About Nick Hughes
Nick is a music and music technology teacher at Robert Smyth Academy where he is also a middle leader. He is Principal Examiner for the Edexcel AS Music Technology composition paper and also studies part time on the 'Masters in Teaching and Learning' course at Birmingham City University.

Nick has taught music technology and music at Robert Smyth Academy since 2003 and is now 'Head of Faculty' for Performing Arts. The music department have a rich history of producing excellent exam results coupled with a thriving extra-curricular provision. He was an examiner on the old A2 Music Technology paper before being appointed as Principal Examiner for the new AS Music Technology composition paper. He studies part-time on the 'Listen Imagine Compose' Masters course at BCU and has been researching marking, assessment and feedback in creative subjects, as well as the composing process in the classroom.

Victoria Kinsella - Creativity : Putting theory to work.

Workshop 1 - Creativity: Putting theory to work.

Workshop description
It has been increasingly recognised that the development of creativity is central to lifelong learning. Teachers need to provide learners with an environment for self-discovery leading to self-actualisation and encourage them to become more creative individuals. To achieve this, teachers must also be afforded time to explore their own creative teaching approaches.

In this workshop we will address a number of key questions relating to creativity and critically explore its value in the music classroom. These questions will frame our thinking:

• What do we mean by creative teaching, teaching for creativity and creative learning?

• Is creativity at the heart of your teaching and learning strategies?

• Can you combine creativity with performance and assessment outcomes?

Through these questions we will explore theory, investigate opportunities for new imaginaries and put to work alternative ways of thinking about knowing, being and becoming within the music classroom.

About Dr Victoria Kinsella
Dr. Victoria Kinsella is Senior Research Fellow in Education at Birmingham City University. Victoria has researched widely in the field of the arts education and creativity having worked on a number of creative arts research projects in various contexts including schools, prisons, galleries, arts centres and with educational agencies. Prior to her academic studies she worked as a teacher in UK secondary schools. Her research interests include the exploration of creative teaching and learning and how we might foster these approaches within educational contexts. She is also interested in the use of cultural historical activity theory for analysis of learning.

Richard Leigh - ZINGARESQUE

Workshop Title - ZINGARESQUE

Based on Zingaresque - the Northants County world music ensemble – Richard will take a collaborative and experimental approach to co-creating music using world and folk songs, rhythms and instruments as a starting point.

About Richard Leigh
Richard Leigh who is a composer, teacher and performer inspired by world, folk, contemporary classical and sacred traditions. He works for NMPAT (Northants Music & Performing Arts Trust) and has for many years directed the world music ensemble – Zingaresque. In 2013 he was funded by Arts Council England to write RIVERS which weaves a tapestry of poetry & scripture from 8 of the world's religious traditions created in collaboration with NMPAT, local faith & inter-faith groups & the film maker Lou Armitt. It was performed by the award winning Northants County Youth Choir who were joined by a virtual choir, an ensemble of strings, Shamanic gongs & percussion at St John Smiths Square, London.

Catherine Matthews - Managing GCSE Composition in the Classroom

Workshop Title - Managing GCSE Composition in the Classroom

The workshop will focus on practical ideas of how to manage the progress of composition skills through Year 10 and how to monitor composition coursework in Year 11. It will look at methods for tracking and record keeping for the personalised approach to coursework as well as ideas on how to support low ability students and challenge the higher ability.

About Catherine Matthews
Catherine Matthews has been a secondary school music teacher for 23 years after studying Music at Birmingham Conservatoire. She has been Head of Music, and is now currently Head of the Arts Faculty at Ashby School, teaching both GCSE and A level Music for 20 years. This has led to wealth of experience in teaching and leading the GCSE Music course and students continually achieving highly. In 2000 Catherine became an AST in Music and has continually supported the Music Education with Leicestershire working with other teachers and schools to support and develop the music curriculum.

Emily Millard - LSMS Primary Scheme of Work

Workshop Title - LSMS Primary Scheme of Work

Most children will have their first experience of music at school and so it is important that all children receive a high-quality music education that inspires and instils a love of learning. Music can bring the curriculum alive and, as stated in the National Plan for Music Education, it helps bind pupils into the wider life of the school.

The LSMS Primary Scheme of Work:

  • Has been written by teachers for teachers
  • Is written for a non-specialist teacher
  • Contains detailed lesson plans
  • Has clear progression routes
  • Has assessment built into the lesson plans and teaching time
  • Contains all Resources needed to teach the Scheme
  • Can be adapted to be used with cross curricular links without losing the teaching of musical skills

Come along and see what it is all about!

About Emily Millard
Emily has thoroughly enjoyed developing music within her previous school in Leicester city and her current school. Emily currently leads music across the school and leads KS1 and KS2 singing assemblies as well as the two school choirs: Show Choir and a boys' choir known as Noisy Boys!

Since graduating in 2013 from the University of Reading with an honours degree in Primary Education with a music specialism, Emily has thoroughly enjoyed developing music within her previous school in Leicester city and her current school. As well as being a Year 6 teacher and Year 6 Lead at Orchard Community Primary School, Emily leads music across the school and leads KS1 and KS2 singing assemblies as well as the two school choirs: Show Choir and a boys' choir known as Noisy Boys!

Emily strongly believes that every child should have the opportunity to experience the joy of making music, and is passionate about developing musical opportunities for all children, irrespective of background, within primary education.

Sue Nicholls - EYFS Make more of music!, KS1: Percussion Power!, EFFS and KS1: Curtain Up!

Workshop Title - EYFS Make more of music! Activities with creative outcomes

Musical activities that offer our youngest music-makers opportunities to extend initial teacher-led material: songs, games and chants that can be developed through best practice and holistic approaches to establish child-initiated learning. This workshop will incorporate props such as 'Scrunchies', Lycra sheets, puppets, toys and sound-makers to encourage children to revisit, explore and take ownership of the material through play and experimentation.

Workshop 2 Title - KS1: Percussion Power! Exploring fresh ideas for improvisation and composition

In this session, delegates will explore ideas for using tuned and untuned percussion, discovering a wide range of activities that can lead to creative outcomes. Playing by ear, devising simple pentatonic accompaniments, composing ostinati, improvising scenes experienced during a journey and creating pieces based on an Elizabethan 'Courtly Dance'.

Workshop 3 Title : EFFS and KS1: Curtain Up! Limelight moments!

High octane performance material for young performers designed to accommodate and develop children's ideas and to encourage self-assurance and confidence. Ideal for class assemblies, end-of-term shows and enhancing classroom music-making.

About Sue Nicholls
Sue Nicholls is a freelance music education consultant who works nationwide delivering workshops and music-based CPD to schools and music hubs. She also leads the 'Fast-Track' Trinity CME programme for the Northampton University centre.

Sue Nicholls worked as a music subject leader in many primary settings during her career as a teacher, achieving the status of Advanced Skills Teacher - a role which allowed her to develop her particular passion: the support of generalist teachers. She has published several music resource books for non-specialists for A & C Black (now Collins) and OUP, and lectures on music modules for teacher trainees.

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