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New Music Coordinators Workshop

  • Thursday 26th September 2019
  • 4.15-6.15pm
  • St Johns School, Redhill
  • Free

New to being a music coordinator? Want practical ideas on how to take on this role at your school? Or perhaps you have been in the role for a while, but would like more support and ideas. Whether you are a musician or not taking on the challenge of leading music at a school can be a daunting task, but highly rewarding! This workshop will give you practical ideas on how to be an effective music leader for your school, looking at curriculum, instrumental uptake, choirs and ensembles and just getting music happening in your school. Led by Kate Sweeney

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Create and Sing Hansel and Gretel with The Royal Opera House

  • Tuesday 15th October
  • 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Furzefield School, Merstham, RH1 3PA
  • FREE but need to register
  • Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2
Image from Royal Opera House

We are pleased to announce that we will be running a teachers’ training workshop facilitated by the Royal Opera House. Based on the world-famous opera Hansel and Gretel, this Key Stage 1 and 2 singing project will inspire school children to engage with opera through story, character and song. This free workshop will be led by a professional opera director and vocal leader at the Royal Opera House. The CPD session will introduce teachers to the story and key characters of Hansel and Gretel, using a variety of creative drama and singing exercises that will equip them to deliver the programme creatively in their schools. The session will cover five songs from the production that have been specifically adapted for a primary school audience. Through the session, teachers will be given the opportunity to explore how they can deliver the project over a two-, five- or ten-week period at their school, culminating in a performance.

The CPD will cover a range of areas including: ◾Dramatic singing ◾Theatrical staging ◾Primary music pedagogy ◾Basic conducting technique

The Create and Sing programme helps you deliver an exciting, curriculum-based course to your primary school class, learning about opera and dramatic singing along the way! No previous experience of opera is necessary, as we provide you with the tools you will need to stage your own performance of Hansel and Gretel. According to your preferred level of engagement, you can choose from the two-, five- and ten-lesson versions of the course.

Find out more about the ROH Create and Sing online resources here:

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Schools Professional Development Day

Tuesday 2nd July 1pm-6pm

Woking Youth Arts Centre Trinity Rd, Knaphill, Woking GU21 2SY

Tickets: £20 for up to 3 workshops.

A fantastic opportunity to renew and refresh your music teaching skills, our Summer Music Professional Development Day offers workshops for primary and secondary music teachers. We’ve asked some of our some of most successful workshop leaders to come and deliver sessions for us with all new content, including a focus on digital resources and delivery. There will be six workshops to choose from, and a selection of content that is useful for all. One ticket lets you attend up three workshops in the afternoon and twilight.

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1.00-2.00pm: Session 1 

Session 1A Using topic songs across the curriculum: Al Start: Go Kid Music (Primary)

In this dynamic session, Al Start will show you how anyone can use topic songs to deliver the music curriculum and First Access/WCIT as well as improving your SEND provision by introducing actions and signs. A fun and inspiring session packed full of great songs and creative ideas!

Session 1B Online Materials For KS 2-5: Lewis Edney, Royal Alexandra and Albert School (Primary and Secondary)

This session will cover a number digital resources for use in the classroom. There will be demonstration of Focus on Sound and how this can be used in the classroom, for research and revision and homework. ‘Classroom’ integrates a number of different software and links to the Rhinegold educational products as well. We will also look at Just Play (from Musical Futures), this is a set of PowerPoint resources which are brilliant for getting all pupils engaged and playing music. Finally I will demonstrate VIP Studios (from Charanga) and the excellent schemes of work they offer to help pupils create music using Soundation4Education.

2.15-3.45pm: Session 2 

Session 2A Become a singing school: Sing Up: Charlotte Law (Primary)

What does it take to become a singing school? In this practical session, we’ll understand how to navigate the Sing Up website and get the best out of the online resources. We’ll explore the features of a singing school and approaches to applying them to your own setting, considering the whole school community. We’ll look at the wider benefits of singing, ways to inspire school staff, and songs to sing throughout the school day, including; transitions, topics and assemblies.

Session 2B Promoting instrumental and vocal learning across your school: Ally Daubnay (Primary and Secondary)

Within the proposed new Ofsted Inspection Framework, schools are encouraged to ensure that all students have access to a broach and rich curriculum that fully embraces music. As music in the curriculum develops, so too do the opportunities for instrumental and vocal learning within the wider cultural of the school. This session is for any primary and secondary teachers interested in promoting and growing instrumental and vocal tuition in their schools. It will consider how this is co-developed with the music curriculum, exploring ways to embrace instrumental learning within the curriculum, and for it to flourish in the co-curricular programmes. It will provide opportunities to share good practice with other delegates and to think about practical ways in which instrumental learning can be enhanced and maintained across transition points, based upon research from Ally Daubney and Duncan Mackrill at The University of Sussex.

4.00-6.00pm: Session 3

Session 3A Kodàly In The Klassroom 2 – Len Tyler

Building from his previous session in the autumn term, Len will provide inspiration for your primary music teaching. Warm ups and singing games, choosing suitable material for school children, circle games and songs, strategies for building pitch literacy, the important of canons and further information on the underlying principles of Kodàly music teaching. Virtually all material will be different from the previous workshop. This follow up session from Len Tyler will be of use to any primary school teacher with an interest in music. The will be accessible to teachers who weren’t at Len’s previous session.

Session 3B Teaching Music with iPads – An Introduction: Transformance Music

Our Teaching Music with iPads training opens up the world of classroom iPad music-making to both specialist and non-specialist teachers at KS 1 – 3, including the technology-shy! The training explores tasks that develop musicianship and music theory through carefully structured creative tasks. Activities will be based on best practice when using tablet technology to teach music, with clear links to the National Curriculum and a strong cross-curricular emphasis. Each delegate will receive a free copy of our ‘Teaching Music with Garageband for iPad resource, containing pupil-facing videos, lesson plans and assessment criteria. This two hour session includes an experiential introduction to Garageband, including an initial 10 week song writing project for KS2/3. Creating backing tracks for short films and an equipment guide. There will be some Ipads available to use for this session if you don’t have your own to bring.

Pathways into Music

A seminar for people who teach, advise and support early-career artists and future music industry talent, as well as the artists themselves.

Friday 26 April, 1700 – 2000 at Surrey Arts, 14 The Pines, Broad Street, Guildford, Surrey. GU3 3BH


Monday 29 April 2019, 1630 – 1830 at The Basement, 24 Kensington Street, Brighton. BN1 4AJ

Pathways into Music is the first in a series of seminars outlining how musicians can build a business and a careeraround their music. It explains how artists need tokickstart their own businesses and careers, introduces the people and companies they will work with along the way, and explores the challenges to be met and opportunities to be realised in both the global and the local music community.  The course is aimed at those teaching, advising and supporting early-career musicians and future music industry talent, as well as anyone who is at the start of their own music career, on stage or behind the scenes

Places are free but limited. To book your place please email:

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Further Information

The seminar is offered as part of ‘Our Future Music’, a regional programme that is part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England, funded by Youth Music. See here for further information:

The seminar will be facilitated by Chris Cooke and Phil Nelson.

Chris Cooke

I’m an editor, journalist and media entrepreneur. I write and talk a lot about music and music business stuffmedia stuffculture and comedy stuffcopyright and legal stuff, and PR and branding stuff. I publish CMUThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh. I founded and co-own 3CM UnLimited, a group of companies that includes publisher UnLimited Media, education business UnLimited Learning, and music and media consultancy UnLimited Insights, which operates CMU InsightsMedia Insights and Pathways Into Music.

I work on The Great Escape and with the Taylor Bennett Foundation. I have dissected the digital music dollar. I have a free speech about free speech. I keep busy.

Phil Nelson – artist manager, lecturer, researcher

I have been an Artist Manager since 1988 managing The Levellers (1 Platinum, 5 Gold records)  who headlined Glastonbury before starting their own 15,000 capacity Festival Beautiful Days(which I set up) , and The Longpigs (1 Gold record and Brit Award Nomination). Current clients include 2019 Grammy-nominated Matt Hales/ Aqualung (1 Gold record) and Duke Special(1 Platinum record), Sweet Billy Pilgrim(1 Mercury music prize Nomination.) I was the Vice Chair of the Music Managers’ Forumfrom 1997-2007. I co-founded The Great Escape Festivaland now run the Education conference at TGEwith Chris Cooke. From 2016-18 I was Music Industry Ambassador for BIMM Group of colleges, where I still lecture.

Brass Masterclass – Sunday 17 March

Surrey Arts are hosting a Brass Masterclass for Trombone and Trumpet  players on Sunday 17 March. This fantastic morning will allow advanced young brass players to present solo works in progress as well as finely prepared repertoire to our special guests, Tom Rainer and Rupert Whitehead.

Each participant will learn from listening to others perform as well as receiving individual guidance from our visiting experts.
We are very fortunate to be joined for this event by Tom Rainer (The Brass Academy) and Rupert Whitehead (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).

Expert trumpet tuition will be provided by Tom Rainer, who has performed on film soundtracks including Lord of the Rings. He is the musical director of The Brass academy and also head of performing arts at the Aldro School, Surrey. Rupert Whitehead has recently been appointed as a member of the RPO and has a busy schedule as a teacher alongside his playing career.

Please note this masterclass day is aimed at trumpet and trombone players of grade 5 onwards in standard. However, players of all other brass instruments will be welcome provided there is space. Non surrey arts student and pupils are very welcome to attend and participate in this event too.

Westfield School
Woking, GU22 9PR

10.00am – 1.00pm


For more details contact:
T: 01483 519303

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See biographies:

Rupert Whitehead

Tom Rainer

Courses and workshops 2019/2020

Easter Music Courses for 5th to 9th April 2020. Registration opens in October.

Easter Music Course

Running for over 40 years, the next Easter Music Course is from Sunday 5 – Thursday 9 April 2020. Bookings open in October 2019.

Other workshops

Surrey Arts run a variety of music workshops throughout the year for young people. These range from instrumental master classes to instrument skills, DJ & music production with experienced tutors. Workshops are held during school holidays, after school or at weekends all over the county. 

Dates coming soon

DJ & Music Production – a chance to learn how to beat match tracks and produce some unique beats of your own.

Guitar skills – a workshop designed to bring together young guitarists who want to improve their skills while playing with other musicians. 

Singing workshops – come and sing choral songs with Surrey Youth Choir tutors in a fun and relaxed environment with other young singers.  

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