TONY LITTLE – Future Landscapes: Schools of the future

Tony Little is Group Chief Education Officer for GEMS Education, an international schools’ group educating over 200,000 students representing 173 different nationalities. His background is as an English and Drama teacher in UK schools, and he has been a boarding housemaster and head of department. He was a headmaster for 26 years, successively at Chigwell School (from 1989), Oakham School (from 1996) and Eton College (from 2002 – 2015). Over the years he has been a governor of 9 secondary schools, both state and independent, as well as 6 primary/ prep schools: two of these secondary schools were newly created under the UK Government’s Free Schools initiative. Over the past 15 years he has become increasingly engaged in international education organisations and programmes including serving  as President of the International Boys School Coalition, chair of an organisation linking schools in China with schools in the West, Trustee of Afghan Connection and chair of the Mvumi School Trust, Tanzania. Music continues to play a significant part in his life, stemming from his days as a chorister and choral scholar at Corpus Christi, Cambridge.

WILL GOMPERTZ – Future Landscapes: Why everyone should think like an artist

Will Gompertz is the BBC’s first Arts Editor, a senior journalistic role he took up in 2009. In the past eight years Will has conducted extensive (often exclusive) television interviews with many of the world’s most recognised arts figures including: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Lawrence, Paul McCartney, Marina Abramovic, Daniel Barenboim, Viola Davis, Ai Weiwei, Tom Hanks, JK Rowling, Denzil Washington, Zaha Hadid, Orhan Pamuk, and Madonna. He is a widely known commentator on the arts and has presented numerous programmes and documentaries for the BBC, hosted his own regular network radio show, and written for leading magazines and newspapers, such as: Vanity Fair, The Times, and The Guardian. He has also written two non-fiction books (both published by Penguin in the UK).What Are You Looking At? – a history of modern art, which has gone become one of the most frequently cited texts by students studying art history in the U.K. It has been re-printed many times over and translated into twenty languages. As has Will’s second book, Think Like an Artist (2015), which is about creativity. Before joining the BBC Will spent 7-years as a Director of the Tate Galleries where he was responsible for its BAFTA-winning website, creative direction, and the launching the UK’s first Performance Art festival. Will was voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity magazine and is a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.


Footsteps: Sing with Tenebrae
TENEBRAE / Session 1 – 13:45

An opportunity to sing with one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles. Led by award-winning conductor Nigel Short, delegates will tackle the ‘semi-chorus’ part of an Owain Park composition, Footsteps, alongside members of Tenebrae. The session aims to give an insight into how Tenebrae works and how this unique composition comes together. Footsteps was commissioned by Tenebrae for their 15th anniversary tour, as a companion piece to Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles. Park’s work, allows choirs of all abilities the opportunity to perform live alongside Tenebrae in concert. Scores, guide tracks and further reading materials are available here:

Mindful Movement – An introduction to the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education
ANITA MORRISON / Session 1 – 13:45

For a long and healthy professional life a performer needs both physical and mental stamina, and well-organised and efficient self-use. Over time, too many musicians succumb to the kinds of injuries that a demanding schedule of rehearsal and performance can bring on. These are often rooted in habits established in childhood. It is our responsibility as teachers to have the tools to empower our students to understand how to look after themselves and avoid these kinds of injuries in later life.
The Feldenkrais Method® offers a unique and practical way to realise our potential more fully. It is an educational method focusing on learning and movement, which can bring about improved movement and enhanced functioning. It is named after its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an engineer and physicist as well as a Judo teacher.
In the session the principles and strategies employed by the Feldenkrais Method with be discussed and explored practically in a workshop situation. Specifically we will explore strategies to develop a well aligned skeleton, particularly in sitting and how to find more ease in the way the arms are supported by the whole self.

Teaching harmony with style! 
MIRANDA FRANCIS / Session 1 – 13:45

Head of Junior Programmes and Area Leader of Aural Training, Royal College of Music, Miranda joined the professorial staff of the Royal College of Music as Area Leader in Aural Training in 2008. This session will demonstrate how to teach harmony, including Bach chorales, in an inspiring way.

Musical Treasures of College Library (limited numbers = 25)
MATTHEW O’DONOVAN / Session 1 – 13:45

Chief amongst Eton’s historic musical treasures is the magnificent Eton Choirbook – perhaps the most significant surviving pre-reformation English music manuscript, and one which gives a unique insight into the performance of sacred choral music at the turn of the sixteenth century. Matthew O’Donovan will introduce the Choirbook, along with a selection of more recent items of musical interest from College Library, including items from the Malcolm Arnold archive (currently on loan to the college) and manuscripts by Old Etonian composers including Butterworth, Warlock and Parry, all of which will be available for viewing.

Rockschool Music Production Syllabus: Meeting the Educational Demands of the 21st Century Music Industry
HANNAH V / Session 1 – 13:45

The 21st century musician relies on a versatile skill set to be able to compete within today’s music industry. The role of the producer, in particular, has changing significantly in the last 20 years, with solid technical, theoretical and aural skills an absolute must. Producer and pianist Hannah V will introduce Rockschool’s Music Production exams – the first graded syllabus to identify the various skill sets of a modern producer and provide the necessary training for aspiring musicians, producers and engineers. Hannah will outline the syllabus, the most popular in the Rockschool portfolio, and map it to the demands of the 21st century music industry.

The Tenebrae Effect
TENEBRAE / Session 2 – 15:30

The Tenebrae Effect is Tenebrae’s inspiring choral development initiative that provides an insight into the elements which make Tenebrae’s sound and interpretation of music so unique and gives singers the opportunity to learn in a friendly and challenging environment alongside professional singers from the choir. Tenebrae seeks to address a gap in choral development by presenting a programme which encourages singers to develop their musicianship, teamwork and communication skills.

Practical tips on using technology for teaching music and composition at KS3/4 (Limited numbers = 20)
NICK GOETZEE / Session 2 – 15:30

How do we introduce hands-on music making to students who have little knowledge of notation and lack any real keyboard skills, whilst keeping the high flyers interested? This practical session will looking at various computer sequencing techniques which enable students to compose/arrange in many styles from Baroque to Minimalism. The hands-on session will provide lesson plans and starting points, with lots of practical tips and techniques to enable your students to realise their musical potential, whatever their ability.

Performance Under Pressure – practical tips on managing stress and improving performance. 
EDWARD WATSON / Session 2 – 15:30

Using the latest psychological research, this workshop will cover simple and actionable strategies that people can use to help deliver their best when it matters the most. This includes ways to improve concentration, emotional control and confidence. As a result, this will lead to enhanced performances and better well-being.

The Chorister and the Racing Car – Vocal health for children
ANITA MORRISON / Session 2 – 15:30

Vocal disorders are surprisingly common among school-age children. These are rarely caused by poor singing technique but as a result of poor vocal health which include overuse, misuse, lack of hydration and poor physical alignment. Anita will use her newly published book as a template to discuss the subject of vocal health for children. Children like to know ‘why?’ and using the analogy of looking after a high performance car this will be explored in an imaginative way. Areas that will be covered include some basic anatomy and voice science, how the voice develops throughout childhood, the importance of hydration and physical alignment, how to take care of the voice, what to avoid and how to help in the case of illness.

Change & Continuity
JOHN HOLMES (ABRSM) / Session 2 – 15:30

We all have musical and educational values that remain constant, but the world of the student is evolving at a faster pace than ever before, with digital advances providing opportunities for young musicians to access and progress their musical learning in a myriad of new and innovative ways. ABRSM Chief Examiner John Holmes will explore the theme of change and continuity, the impact it has on the student, teacher and assessor and explore new approaches to support future learning.


Samba for Schools
DAMIEN MANNING / Session 3 – 9:30

A practical workshop, led by one of the country’s foremost samba experts, exploring the sounds and rhythms of the Rio Carnival and how these can be translated into suitable activities in the classroom. Participants will form a samba band and perform on all of the instruments of the Brazilian “Bateria”.

FORUM Bringing schools together through music: best practice in independent/state sector partnerships.
Forum chaired by TOM ARBUTHNOTT / Session 3 – 9:30

Schools benefit from partnerships in many ways: in sharing what they do well, in learning from each other and in catalysing change within separate organisations. Musicians, pupils and teachers are often at the forefront of partnership initiatives. The ISC Schools Together website shows that there are lots of music projects going on between schools across both the independent and state sectors. Arguably, though, each is generated separately, and no spaces exist whereby the best projects can learn from each other. This panel will bring together some of the best of those music projects, and will seek to establish a framework for the effective impact assessment of cross-sector music projects. This panel will also launch a publication showcasing some of the best projects nationally, edited by Tom Arbuthnott (and Peter Hatch), which will be published by the Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning at Eton College, in association with the Schools Together Group.

An exploration of music teaching and learning in the digital age
BRAD COHEN & KATHRYN KNIGHT (Tido) / Session 3 – 9:30

Digital resources will never replace a great teacher, but they can transform the way they teach, and the way students learn. Join the Tido team as they consider how digital resources have influenced the way students learn in recent years and how they might do so in the future. The session will also showcase the groundbreaking Tido Music app – a platform bringing together scores, audio recordings, video performances and masterclasses, written commentary and more.

‘The Big Sing’ 
CATHERINE BEDDISON / Session 3 – 9:30

A practical session exploring repertoire ideally suited for use in whole school assemblies, multiple class performances and outreach projects,. We will be focusing on pieces that are attractive and musically interesting, yet accessible enough to craft into a high-quality performance within a short period of rehearsal time. Prepare to join in with singing and actions!

Keith Ayling

Forum Music Administration in School Music Departments
KEITH AYLING / Session 3 – 9:30

Keith Ayling is the MMA’s media manager and Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music. He is passionate about developing student creativity and is currently one of the UK’s most in-demand Songwriting Workshop leaders. He leads the annual INSET for school music administration and at conference will chair the Music Administration Forum – helping school music departments to work more efficiently.  @keithayling

Approaching GCSE and A-level Composition 
Dr STEVEN BERRYMAN / Session 4 – 11am

Exploring how to develop composing skills through whole-class, smaller group and individual activities that embrace music by living composers. This session will explore activities that encourage creative thinking, and teaching approaches that will help students take ownership of their composing. Tackling the examination briefs will be discussed too.

Forum Managing a thriving music department on a small budget

How can you build an outstanding music department on a small budget? This panel discussion, featuring a number of experienced state school Heads of Music, will offer practical tips on how to develop music in a school in a cost-effective manner, as well as exploring ways of generating revenue and attracting investment.

VMT Observations – the two way process to improved musical learning
IAN ROWE / Session 4 – 11am

Continued Professional Development should be an expectation of all teachers. The “Observation” process is an integral part of this. Our session will look at The Why? The How? and The Next Steps? The key to success in this area of teacher development is to understand that observations are a two way process and hence this session is of equal importance to VMTs and Heads of Music. Working together, we can all improve the learning of the children in our care.

The new A level Music Technology – Who is it for? Have I the equipment and skills to offer the course? (Limited numbers = 20)
NICK GOETZEE / Session 4 – 11am

The new specification is, in some areas, very similar to the previous specification, but in others is markedly different. Non-examined assessment (coursework) now only makes up 40% of the A level. What do students have to do for the other 60%? This session will look at all 4 components of the new A level specification, highlighting the skills required to deliver the course and giving strategies for teaching all aspects of the course from the technology-based composition to multi track recording. Ideas for delivering the exam-based components of the course will be included, with practical exercises on synthesis, sampling, recording and mixing.

Forum Musicians as Senior Leaders: making the next step

Musicians and senior leaders share some key skills and responsibilities. A large music department can have more staff than a small school, and the Head of Music has responsibilities not only towards them but also for shaping an important experience for all students, whether or not they are specialist musicians. In today’s panel, our guests – all musicians who have made the leap into senior leadership – will discuss motivations and strategies for doing so.

Forum Music in the changing Prep School landscape
Forum chaired by KATE DAVIES / Session 5 – 14:15

An open forum to discuss the impact of the changing Prep School landscape on Music, both in the curriculum and as an extra-curricular subject.  Delegates will be encouraged to share experiences in their own schools as well as looking at case studies from the panel.

Designated Survivor: stepping up to Head of Department
TIM GARRARD & SCOTT PRICE / Session 5 – 14:15

Deciding when the time is right to run a Music Department isn’t always easy. If and when you do take the plunge, you can spend the summer holiday before you begin wondering exactly what you’ve let yourself in for! But, despite the many challenges that will invariably come your way, being a Head of Music can be a real privilege. Tim Garrard and Scott Price discuss the role of Head of Music, in which no two days are the same. Suitable for both Heads of Music and those aspiring to the role.

VMT Observations, the two way process to improved musical learning
IAN ROWE / Session 5 – 14:15

Continued Professional Development should be an expectation of all teachers. The “Observation” process is an integral part of this. Our session will look at The Why? The How? and The Next Steps? The key to success in this area of teacher development is to understand that observations are a two way process and hence this session is of equal importance to VMTs and Heads of Music. Working together, we can all improve the learning of the children in our care.

Composing for film; beyond the ‘just get on with it’ approach. (Limited numbers = 20)
AIDAN GOETZEE / Session 5 – 14:15

Composing for film can often be a pupil’s first attempt at composition. There is great excitement in bringing a visual image to life using the huge range of sound-making tools now available. Students begin to understand the relevance of a variety of musical styles to a very familiar art form. This talk covers techniques for guiding this initial surge of creativity through a series of creative projects which lead onto a completed score.

Richard Payne (nb Low res)

Rhinegold Education Online Music Classroom: Same teaching; less paper 
RICHARD PAYNE / Session 5 – 14:15

As we approach the first examination period of the 2016 syllabuses, Rhinegold Education presents the Online Music Classroom – a cutting-edge cloud teaching platform that includes our published listening tests for your board and a large bank of teacher resources to complement our study guides. It has built-in notation, recording and sequencing software and includes Focus On Sound, a comprehensive digital encyclopaedia of instruments and terminology. These elements are all integrated with the Online Music Classroom assessment and lesson-planning facilities. There will be first-hand teacher insights, and product manager Richard Payne will show delegates the workflow, including the following: how to schedule tasks; how the listening tests work (including the auto-mark function and pop-up notation software for the dictation questions); how to use our bank of resources; and how to create your own tests and tasks for your students. This session will show how the Online Music Classroom can allow you to teach at your best, giving your students the best chance of success.