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Professional development seminars for music teachers

Would you like to offer any of the following prestigious tailored professional development sessions to your instrumental and vocal teachers? We can arrange for music education experts Dr Alison Daubney, Yogesh Dattani and Paul Harris, to come to you and present your choice of workshops from our series. Depending on your requirements we may be able to tailor the session to suit your needs and offer online alternatives.

Please contact our Creative Content and Publications Manager, Vinota Karunasaagarar: [email protected] for more information and to book our experts.

Performance anxiety: a practical workshop for music teachers - Gregory Daubney, CPsychol, MSc and Dr Alison Daubney PhD

A practical workshop, delivered by the authors of the publication Performance anxiety: A practical guide for music teachers, published by the ISM Trust. This workshop explores many of the common underlying causes of performance anxiety and helps teachers identify its presence in their day-to-day work. Participants will take part in a series of practical exercises to try out a range of strategies across three key time frames over which anxiety commonly occurs. This course will provide music teachers working across all contexts and with pupils of all ages with easy to use, practical strategies informed by rigorous psychological research to integrate throughout their own practice and positively enhance their students’ development over time.The ISM Trust has published resources on performance anxiety, including Performance anxiety: A practical guide for music teachers and Play: A psychological toolkit for optimal music performance. Both books are written by Dr Alison Daubney and Gregory Daubney,CPsychol, MSc.

Primary curriculum workshop - Dr Alison Daubney PhD

With Ofsted announcing a shift of emphasis towards breadth and quality of curriculum in their new 2019 framework, this workshop provides a fantastic opportunity for you to re-examine the music curriculum in your class and school. The workshop provides a framework for primary teachers and music coordinators to explore and develop the music curriculum. In line with the revised Ofsted framework for September 2019, it considers the design/intent of the curriculum and ways in which is can be further developed and implemented in order to show musical progress and impact through embracing meaningful assessment as part of a rich and broad education across the primary years.The workshop will introduce a series of materials including the Primary Toolkit and the Framework for Curriculum, Progression and Assessment in the National Curriculum co-written by Dr Alison Daubney and Professor Martin Fautley, both of which are available on the ISM and ISM Trust websites.

GCSE Music through the lens of instrumental tuition - Dr Alison Daubney PhD

In music education, we talk a lot about ‘success’ and how thinking and acting musically is fundamental to this. Young people’s musical journeys are gloriously diverse, taking place within and beyond formal school education. This course takes a holistic view of musical journeys, through the lens of exploring the performing, composing and critical engagement as a musician, all of which is necessary for success in the new GCSE specifications, in other qualifications, and, most importantly, to becoming a confident and well-rounded musician.

‘Huge thanks from me and the TBMH team to Ally and the ISM team for everything that you did to make yesterday happen. We (the Hub team and tutors) absolutely loved the session and got so much from it. The feedback was incredibly positive. The support from the ISM is much appreciated and I feel is very strong. It is great to be joining up curriculum music, with Music Hubs and peris, and with schools.’

Stuart Whatmore, Manager of Tri-borough Music Hub

Supporting progress for all across music education - Dr Alison Daubney PhD

Teachers are constantly under pressure to demonstrate that their pupils are ‘making progress’, yet 'progress' and 'progression' are terms with multiple interpretations and subtexts. Regardless of the context in which young people experience music education, we constantly need to be mindful of making this a rich and worthwhile experience in which the young people themselves are invested. This course, designed specifically for instrumental teachers, explores the notion of progress and what this means on a practical level across music education.

‘Many thanks for providing our team with such an interesting and thought provoking session yesterday. I felt you gave just the right balance between overall context, new information and posing questions that are fundamental to our work. We were able to pick up on a number of discussion points today and continue the theme of developing talent and supporting progression.’

Mike Johnson, Manager of Instrumental and Vocal Programmes, Brighton and Hove Music and Arts

Indian Takeaway: Rāg and Tāl basics - Yogesh Dattani

Based on our innovative online resource brought to you by the ISM Trust and Yogesh Dattani (which enables you to play or teach a piece of Indian classical music) this workshop will help you to understand the resource further. Delivered as either a half day or full day workshop the lesson continues to explores the basics of the melodic (rāg) and rhythmic (tāl) structures of North Indian classical music: sargam. By following Yogesh's guidance you can learn to play or teach one piece of classical Indian music and the lesson can be followed by playing any instrument, singing or clapping.

This workshop is ideal for anyone who wishes to gain a greater understanding of the online resource, before teaching the same to their students. Yogesh Dattani has combined authentic Indian music repertoire with the best of contemporary teaching methods and during this workshop he provides you with an easy introduction into this genre, shows you teaching strategies to meet the learning needs of your pupils and explores the genre in more depth so participants gain confidence and can successfully teach this resource to their students.

I wish this had been available when I was a student.’

Attendee at the launch of Indian and Takeaway: Rāg and Tāl basics, Music and Drama Expo (2020), London.

The Virtuoso Teacher - Paul Harris

Based on his ground-breaking book, this inspiring presentation for instrumental and vocal teachers can range from a single 2 or 3-hour session to an all-day or even 2-day workshop. By considering the Virtuoso Teacher and how a teacher might attain virtuoso status, Paul Harris delves into the core issues of being a teacher and the teaching process. This uplifting workshop encourages everyone to consider themselves in a new light and transform their teaching. Participants will learn how to engage and inspire students; apply techniques that encourage and motivate students; create a memorable and moving learning experience for students; reward progress and accomplishment; and get the most out of their music students.

‘An inspiring and informative day. Very good content and a great amount of detail. Highly relevant and transformational. Thank you very much.’

A participant at The Virtuoso Teacher, Aberdeen