Events,MMA News

MMA INSET February 201512 Dec

We can announce two INSET days in February 2015.

MMA Eastern Region Inset at The Leys School, Cambridge
Thursday February 12th

with Dominic Peckham, Sarah Upjohn, Pamela Rose, Paul Phoenix and a Music Administrator’s forum

MMA Workshop and Concert at St Peter’s, York
Wednesday 25th February

with a Vocal Workshop with Paul Miles-Kingston, Alexander L’Estrange and St Peter’s, York Chamber Choir followed by supper and a Concert performance ‘L’Estranges in the Night’ (Alexander L’Estrange and Joanna Forbes- L’Estrange)

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MMA Inset September08 Sep

We can announce two inset days this September 2014.

Wednesday 24th September
• Edgeborough School, Farnham, Surrey


Thursday 25th September
• Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London W14 8BZ

Head to our inset page for details:

Events,MMA News

MMA Conference 201508 Sep

We are very pleased to announce that the 2015 MMA Conference will be at Wellington College, Berkshire from May 15th – 17th.

The Conference programme is being compiled this term and will be announced together with application forms, in January.

In the meantime, please contact our current President, Simon Kirk, with your thoughts and suggestions.

Simon Kirk SKirk @


Gap Placement – Norwich School11 Mar

Have you viewed our Gap Year List recently?
We are building a new list of Schools offering gap opportunities.

Norwich School
We wish to appoint a creative, dynamic and determined individual on a full-time, term time basis from September for the 2014/15 academic year. The placement is available in the Senior School (11-18) for either an outstanding musician who has just left school, or a graduate in Music.
The successful candidate will bring expertise and innovation in their area of specialism and will also be an enthusiastic contributor to the wider life of the school, which is located in the Cathedral Close at the heart of this vibrant city.
Completed application form, full CV and covering letter of application should be sent by email to Sharon Baird, HR Manager by midday on Thursday 20 March 2014. More information about the school and an application form can be found on the Norwich School website at
• The opportunity to work in a vibrant music department alongside highly successful and experienced music educators;
• Opportunity to experience delivery of a diverse musical curriculum;
• Be part of an established GAP team and friendly staff common room. ;
• Practice facilities out of hours;
• Enjoy links with many of the county’s musical establishments, especially Norwich Cathedral.

Hours of work: This role works 37.5 hours per week during term time.
Please contact Mr Richard Allain, Director of Music, for further information. Telephone: 01603 728 475 E-mail:

Music News

GCSE music survey06 Feb

The ISM are conducting a survey on GCSE music and would like input from as wide as possible.

You can read the background to this survey, and download the current subject criteria and latest re-draft, on their website:

And the survey itself is here:

The deadline for completing the survey is 14 February.


Inset Autumn 201317 Sep

Bradfield College, Reading / Friday 27th September
Hosted by Director of Music Ann Wright

9:30am Arrival – refreshments
10:00am Play By Ear with Richard Smith
12:45pm Lunch
1:30pm A short concert by some Bradfield College pupils
2:00pm Open Forum
2:45pm GCSE workshops – sharing resources
4:00pm Finish – tea and coffee

Play By Ear
The morning session, entitled Play By Ear will be led by Richard Smith and is ideal for both classroom Music teachers and peripatetic Music teachers. Richard delivers this workshop to teachers around the country and leads courses for the ABRSM. His approach helps musicians of every instrument learn to not only play melodies by ear, but also to create and voice accompaniments and then teach their pupils how to do the same. Richard has also promised to pass on some tips for teaching scales using popular repertoire the pupils know, and to help with ideas for teaching pupils who have never learned to read music. People are asked to bring their instrument to this workshop. You can find out more about Richard by visiting his website:

Open Forum
The day will also include an open forum. People will be asked to submit agenda items in advance and all will be welcome to contribute to the discussion.

GCSE Music resources
The afternoon workshop will focus on teaching resources for GCSE Music. We would like teachers to share resources they have created for GCSE composition and the listening paper. Those who are happy to do this will be asked to let us know which area their resource/teaching idea is for (and what board they use) so that we can ensure we have a session that includes resources for both units.

The cost for the day is £30 and will include lunch. Cheques are payable to Bradfield College.
More information from Julia Sims:

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Edgeborough Prep School, Farnham / Tuesday October 15th
Hosted by Director of Music Kate Davies

The programme includes:
Workshop with Dr Simon Foxall
Simon will be presenting his ‘Focus on Sound’ music education software followed by an opportunity for ‘hands on’ experience.
Workshop with Jonathan Willcocks
Jonathan will be leading a vocal workshop focussing on repertoire for upper voices.
Open forum focussing primarily on the use of Music Technology in the Prep School Classroom. This session will offer delegates the opportunity to share ideas about websites and software and have ‘hands on’ experience of programmes such as Garage Band, Groovy Music, Music Ace Maestro and O Generator.

Includes tea, coffee and lunch. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact Kate on: to reserve a place. The cost of the day will be £30 (cheque made payable to ‘Edgeborough School’. This should be sent to Kate at : Edgeborough, Frensham, Farnham GU10 3AH

School website:

Music News

Orchestra of violas23 Apr

Summer has appeared. Inspired?
Google Creative Director Alexander Chen (who previously turned NYC transit data into music) recently sat down with his viola and a pair of Google Glass specs to record snippets of video and audio which he then looped and edited to create this miniature orchestra.


Job Vacancy: Fettes College, Edinburgh19 Mar

Assistant Director of Music – Fettes College, Edinburgh
 (H.M.C.; Co-educational; 555 students aged 13-18)

For September 2013 or January 2014

Fettes College seeks to appoint a well-qualified and enthusiastic Assistant Director of Music for September 2013 or January 2014.
The chosen candidate will join an exceptionally strong Department in the Senior School (13-18), where the courses followed lead to GCSE, A Level and the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

A willingness to be involved in the extra-curricular life of this flourishing boarding school will be essential.
Salary above the national scale.  Accommodation may be available.

Applications accompanied by CV and the names and addresses of three referees should be sent by 1pm on Monday, 25th March 2013 addressed to the
Headmaster, Fettes College, Carrington Road, Edinburgh EH4 1QX (Tel: 0131 311 6701or e-mail



Job Vacancy: UCS Music School Manager12 Feb

University College School
Music School Manager, full time, term-time – Independent Senior School, Hampstead

Dates: Apply by 22/02/13, ASAP
Salary: Competitive
Location: Hampstead, London
Contract type: Full time, term-time
Contract term: Permanent (35 hours per week for 39 working weeks per annum)

University College School is one of the top independent schools in the UK. Operating as three linked schools at separate sites in Hampstead, it educates 1100 students from age 3 to 18. The main aims of the school are the pursuit of academic excellence with a strong ethos of independent thought and individual judgment.

An opportunity for an efficient and creative administrator to join this vibrant and highly successful Music Department. Applications are invited from persons who have experience in music administration and concert management. You will have a strong musical background, be ICT literate, possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be comfortable with the idea of working in a School environment.

A competitive salary based on experience, background and skills.
For job description and application details refer to our website

Applications close midday Friday 22 February 2013.

UCS is fully committed to the safeguarding of children. All applicants for this post must be prepared to undergo child protection screening.


Job Vacancies January07 Jan

Sandroyd – Director of Music

for September 2013
The school is looking to appoint an inspirational person to lead a vibrant and fast-growing department in one of the top prep schools in the South of England. The successful candidate will be an energetic, well-qualified graduate with experience of teaching music, both in a class and leading choirs and/or ensembles. He/she will be required to co-ordinate the peripatetic music staff and the various musical events at the school. Some involvement in the pastoral and/or boarding life of the school will be expected.

Accommodation available.
To apply, or for further details, please visit the website, or contact:
Headmaster’s Secretary, Sandroyd, Rushmore Park, Tollard Royal, Nr Salisbury, Wilts SP5 5QD
Tel: 01725 516264

Closing date 21 January 2013 with interviews being held the following week.

King’s School, Worcester – Director of Music

for September 2013
King’s Worcester (935 boys and girls, 11-18) is looking for an inspirational and experienced musician to lead its impressive music department from September 2013. Music is taught at GCSE and A level. Extra-curricular music has been a traditional strength, based principally on Classical music but embracing many other genres too. A steady stream of Organ and Choral scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge colleges over the years, as well as a number of places and awards at specialist music colleges, have underlined the strong link between practical and academic musicianship at the school. Regular big musical productions in our 310 seat theatre have been central to the activities of the department.

The close connection of the school with Worcester Cathedral has enriched the musical life of the school in many ways, not least through the involvement of both boys and girls from the school in the cathedral choirs and through our regular use of the building for services and assemblies. College Hall, once a medieval monastic refectory and now our assembly hall, must be one of the finest concert settings for any school in this country. King’s has two Junior Schools (St Alban’s and Hawford). Musical activity is strong in both. A significant proportion of the 80-90 pupils who transfer from our own junior schools to the senior school each year are competent players and singers.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 23rd January, with interviews on 7th and 8th February. Further details and an application form are available by email from or from the school website (

Leamington Sinfonia – Musical Director

Leamington Sinfonia seeks an experienced Musical Director. This is a paid position with a commitment to rehearse weekly on a Tuesday in preparation for at least three concerts a year. For further details of the post and the application process please refer to our website

Closing date for applications is 31 January 2013.

Why you should join us this year…

As an instrumental teacher…

We recognise the valuable role of instrumental teachers in our schools. This year we are offering a special discount for instrumental teachers who are self employed.

As a newly qualified teacher…

Joining a busy music department in your first year can be overwhelming – count on us for support. We offer newly qualified teachers the first year of membership absolutely free.

As a corporate member…

In these changing times, it is comforting to know you can build strong relationships directly with customers who value your expertise. Corporate membership of the MMA provides multiple opportunities to connect with members and build your business. For more information contact Carol Hawkins.

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