ABRSM Teacher Conference

This is a conference for all types of music teacher, whatever you teach. Join us for a day of inspirational talks and workshops, led by expert presenters from the world of music and beyond.

9.00–
10.00    

Registration (refreshments, trade show)

10.00– 10.30   

Welcome from ABRSM

10.30–11.00   

KEYNOTE SPEECH 1: The teacher as leader - Lincoln Abbotts and John Holmes

11.00–11.30   

Break (refreshments, trade show)

11.30–12.30

SESSION 1) Developing ensemble skills

Performing in an ensemble or playing duets can be one of the most rewarding musical experiences for pupils at any stage. Learning the skills needed to play with others will help your pupils to develop an awareness of texture, structure and balance, and to understand roles within the music, all of which benefit solo performance as well. In this session we’ll explore how you can nurture ensemble skills that will give your pupils an awareness of their role as a leader or accompanist, and develop their ability to listen and respond musically to other people's ideas.

Samantha Carrasco

SESSION 2) Motivation and progression

Motivation and progression are inextricably related. Each drives and fuels the other… though if one fades, the other suffers. This free-flowing session, shaped live using the Sli.do audience interaction tool, will explore the mutual relationship between these two vital ingredients of successful learning. It will also look at the challenges involved in maintaining both motivation and progression, and positive ways to invigorate one in order to turbo-charge the other!

John Holmes

SESSION 3) Developing core musical skills

What’s the difference between teaching someone to be a musician and simply teaching someone to play an instrument or to sing? Here we consider the core musical skills we need to be teaching, how they interconnect and how to integrate them into a lesson effectively.

Paul Harris

SESSION 4) Spotlight on hearing health

In this session the ISM will explore how you can lead by example by promoting good hearing health practice, both for yourself and for your students.

Followed by:

Discover The Grand Hybrid Piano Teacher Network...

With more and more learners using digital pianos for practice, Casio Music UK dispel the myths and misconceptions around digital pianos and highlight the advantages digital pianos can offer both teachers and students. Focusing on their ALL NEW award-winning Grand Hybrid pianos which are made in collaboration with C.Bechstein, this session offers attendees a chance to join a vibrant FREE Teacher Network packed full of great resources and unique financial benefits, whilst exploring cutting edge piano technology... 

12.30–13.30

KEYNOTE SPEECH 2 - YolanDa Brown

13.30–14.30

Lunch (refreshments, trade show and opportunity to attend additional informal sessions

Becoming an Examiner

Your chance to find out more about examining for ABRSM

Followed by:

Shine!

Targeted advice and a practical tool kit from leading piano teaching and educator Karen Marshall to help your SEND students to shine!

Followed by:

Discover The Grand Hybrid Piano Teacher Network...

With more and more learners using digital pianos for practice, Casio Music UK dispel the myths and misconceptions around digital pianos and highlight the advantages digital pianos can offer both teachers and students. Focusing on their ALL NEW award-winning Grand Hybrid pianos which are made in collaboration with C.Bechstein, this session offers attendees a chance to join a vibrant FREE Teacher Network packed full of great resources and unique financial benefits, whilst exploring cutting edge piano technology...

Followed by:

Ask us anything...

Come and ask us anything you like about the ABRSM piano syllabus, piano teaching or anything piano!.

14.30–15.30

SESSION 1) Practice and goal setting

This session will focus on ways to help your pupils set clear and achievable goals for themselves. Drawing on case studies of teachers and pupils, we’ll explore how you can help your pupils structure their practice and establish good, adaptive practice strategies using a variety of activities and resources.

Zoe Booth

SESSION 2) The art of accompaniment

Accompanying a pupil can be daunting, whatever your level of skill and experience as a pianist! In this session we’ll explore practical strategies and tips to help you support your pupils with effective accompaniment.

Nick Oliver

SESSION 3) A Music Curriculum for all

In this session we’ll be looking at how teachers can play their part in bringing to life the national curriculum for music used in schools – all kinds of teachers, working together. At the heart of the curriculum is music – all kinds of music – inspiring children and young people across nine years of learning in primary and secondary schools.

SESSION 4) Becoming a Piano Star

In this workshop authors Kathy and David Blackwell will talk about their new book, Piano Star Theory, and how it can be used to help all young pianists develop their general musicianship. They will show how the book links the understanding of musical notation with practical music-making, and how the activities and short pieces give a real musical context to the topics covered. They will demonstrate how the activities can be extended in lessons and how the material can be linked to other books in the Piano Star series.

15.30–16.00

Break (refreshments, trade show)

16.00–17.00

SESSION 1) The teaching musician

Are we primarily musicians or teachers? To what extent are we music teachers or instrumental teachers? What teaching and learning principles might support good practice in each area, and helpfully guide our approach? This session will encourage us to reflect on our teaching and explore the multi-faceted role of the teaching musician.

SESSION 2) Musicianship in the early years

Good musical progress is dependent on developing a foundation of musical skills. This session will explore creative and imaginative ways to nurture these skills at the earliest stages of learning. We’ll also cover practical resources to support preparation for ABRSM's new Initial Grade.

Karen Marshall

SESSION 3) Composition workshop

This session will explore the relevance of composition to instrumental and class teaching, and how to integrate composition into lessons from the very beginning. Composing can be creative and exciting but also daunting. During the session we’ll focus on ways to build confidence in composition, with practical tips on how to encourage effective use of texture, structure, tonality and rhythm.

Mark Armstrong

SESSION 4) Spotlight on hearing health

In this session the ISM will explore how you can lead by example by promoting good hearing health practice, both for yourself and for your students.

Followed by:

Ask us anything...

Come and ask us anything you like about the new ABRSM bowed strings syllabus, strings teaching or anything strings!

17.00–18.00

Drinks reception

The conference will support you to be…

A leader

All teachers are leaders of learning. We’ll explore how you can develop your skills and in turn encourage your own students to become leaders themselves.

A collaborator

Using the theme of collaboration, we will explore ways to build ensemble skills and share knowledge across different teaching professions.

A champion

We’ll look at strategies to get the most out of your students, from supporting beginners, to setting goals that encourage independent learning.

Come away with practical ideas and resources to develop your teaching, network with like-minded colleagues and get access to exclusive offers from our musical partners.


One delegate from last year’s conference said: "Best conference I have ever attended. Thank you to all the lovely people I met and the superb presenters!"

Brand new venue! etc. venues 133 Houndsditch, London

When? Saturday 9 November 2019 from 9am-6pm

Full price: £80

Student price: £40 (Please send proof of your student ID to [email protected] within one month of booking to validate your ticket.)

Bulk bookings of 10+ delegates receive 20% off

With thanks to Allianz Musical Insurance, the headline sponsor of the 2019 ABRSM Teacher Conference.

 

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