Friday 19th May

12:00 | Registration with Tea, Coffee & Trade Fair
12:30 | Welcome, Elizabeth Cairncross, Principal, Wells Cathedral School
John Padley, President, MMA and Mark Stringer Director of Music, WCS

12:45 | Buffet Lunch & Trade Fair
14:00 | Breakout Session 1
Session A Keith Ayling Songwriting in Schools
– Practical ways to teach songwriting to KS3,4,5 fast, using a unique method for lyrics and melody.
Session B Daniel Spreadbury DORICO, the new name in notation software
– A demonstration of ‘Dorico’ – the much-anticipated new notation software program. Daniel will be able to show you how flexible and powerful Dorico is, and how it will help your students.
Session C Sally Dinnis Key Stage 2 Practical Ways of teaching notation at KS2
– Practical ways to teach notation at KS2. Introducing standard notation through practical activities, introducing children to rhythmic notation and eventually standard stave notation.
Session D Mark Everist Universities and Conservatoires
– Professor of Music at Southampton University looks what is happening with 18+ music education.

15:00 | Tea, Coffee & Trade Fair
15:45 | Breakout Session 2
Session A ISM John Robinson Legal Advice and Help for Visiting Music Teachers
Session B Paul Denegri, Motivating and Inspiring Students
Session C One Year In – GCSE & A Level Examinations
Session D Sally Dinnis Key Stage 1 Down in the Woods – Composing at KS1
– A practical session demonstrating how to compose with children at KS1 using a pictorial score.

16:45 | Tea, Cake & Trade Fair

17:45 | Keynote Address: Inger Murray

19:00 | Concert by Wells students & Presentation of Douglas Fox Prize
19:45 | Welcome Drinks Reception hosted by the MMA Committee
20:30 | Supper – Carvery and Somerset themed food & cider / beer tasting
Entertainment to include the Wells Jazz Orchestra
21:30 | Finish – networking in the bar

Saturday 20th May

9:00 | Tea, Croissants & Trade Fair
9:30 | Breakout Session 3 
Session A Drusilla Harris Dalcroze
Session B Simon Balderson and Jack Coward Music Technology and Apps
Session C ABRSM / TRINITY College, London Open Forum
Session D Paul Barton Hodges / Duet MusIQ with Charles Hazlewood

10:30 | Tea, Coffee & Trade Fair
11:00 | Breakout Session 4
Session A Drusilla Harris Dalcroze
Session B Alan Bullard – Secular Music for Upper Voices and Changing Voices
Session C Ross McWilliam Mindset
Session D Charlotte Tomlinson Managing Performance Nerves
Session E ABRSM / TRINITY College, London Open Forum

12:00 | Keynote Speaker: David Lammy MP
followed by the AGM at 12:45

13:15 | Lunch & Trade Fair (Sports Hall)
14:30 | Breakout Session 5
Session A Music Administrator’s Forum with Keith Ayling
Session B Alan Bullard – Sacred Music for Chapel Choirs
Session C Ross McWilliam Mindset
Session D Charlotte Tomlinson Managing Performance Nerves
Session E From DOM to SMT, Career Development

15:30 | Concerto For A Comedian
Vikki Stone with WCS Symphony Orchestra

16:15 | Tea, Cake & Trade Fair
17:30 | Change for Conference Dinner (Black tie)
19:00 | Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception
20:00 | MMA Conference Dinner (Black Tie) plus entertainment by Vikki Stone

Sunday 21st May

9:00 | Optional walk with Mark Stringer
around the moat of The Bishop’s Palace (approx 20 mins).
Meet in the Market Square

9:30 | Tea, Coffee, Croissants, Bacon Butties & Trade Fair with Prize draw

10:30 | Focus on Composition with Paul Whitmarsh
including for external examinations with students of Wells Cathedral School

11:30 | End of Conference