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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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Rupert Whitehead

Tom Rainer

Courses and workshops 2019

Summer Workshops 2019 - singling workshops and DJ music production

DJ and Music Production

A unique workshop for young people aged 8 – 16 years old to learn the art of DJ-ing and an introduction to music technology in a fun and educational way for students at primary and secondary level.

Use mixing consoles to beat match, blend, cut, paste and scratch music to create a DJ mix. No need to play an instrument or own any equipment. All you really need to start is an elementary sense of rhythm, which we can help you develop by improving your motor skills.

  • 4 days in the summer holidays
  • Friday 2 August – Egham Youth Centre
  • Monday 5 August – The Bridge Youth Centre, Leatherhead
  • Friday 9 August – Ash Youth Centre
  • Monday 12 August – Redhill Youth Centre
  • 9.00 – 12.00, school years 4 – 6 (8 – 11 year olds)
  • 13.00 – 16.00, school years 4 – 11 (11 – 16 year olds)
  • Cost: £30 per workshop

Are you interested? Let us know.

Register for DJ and Music Production

Singing Workshops

Singing workshops for 8 – 18 year olds. Join Surrey Youth Choir director, Cole Bendall, in an engaging workshop for young vocalists and singers. The workshops will contain a diverse mix of music including folk, classical, spirituals and musical theatre.

Singing for 8-12 year olds

Woking Library, 10am-12.30pm, Monday 19 August

The morning workshop at Woking Library on 19 August is for primary school aged singers. The workshop will include a fun and diverse range of music including folk, spirituals, classical and music theatre. No experience is necessary for this introductory level workshop. All you need is a love of singing!

Singing for 13-18 year olds

Woking Library, 1.30pm-4.00pm, Monday 19 August

The afternoon workshop at Woking Library on 19 August is for teen-aged singers with some previous musical experience who want to improve their technique. The workshop include music from the world of music theatre, as well as popular, world music and classical. If you love singing and want to build your skills, this workshop is for you!

Singing for 10-14 year olds

Walton Youth Centre, Wednesday 10am-12.30pm, 21 August

The Walton on Thames workshop is for younger teen singers. The workshop will include a fun and diverse range of music including folk, spirituals, classical and music theatre. No experience is necessary for this introductory level workshop. All you need is a love of singing!

Cole Bendall

All singing workshops are led by Surrey Youth Choir Director, Cole Bendall. Critically acclaimed for his work with the pre-professional vocal ensemble, the Reid Consort, Cole’s other posts include as Musical Director of the Athenaeum Singers of Warminster and Chorus Master of Haslemere Musical Society alongside posts in liturgical music. In 2018, Cole worked with the Grammy-winning Rundfunkchor Berlin (Berlin Radio Choir) conducting them in concert in Verdi Te Deum. He has appeared in masterclasses with Sonoro Choir (London), Wimbledon Choral Society, the Royal Northern College of Music and Hallé Youth Orchestra. He has worked with, among other groups, the British Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra and Byre Opera, recently acting as Chorus Master on a tour of Handel Xerxes. One of the top 16 conductors featured at the Gheorges Dima Choral Conducting Competition, Romania (2018), Cole has also been awarded the Oxford University Press Andrew Potter Bursary by the Association of British Choral Directors (2017) and support from the Help Musicians UK TRANSMISSION fund. 

  • Cost: £25 per workshop

Register for the Singing Workshop

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.

Easter Music Course

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

2020 course dates: 5 – 9 April 2020. Registation opens in October!

Easter Music Course at Royal Alexandra & Albert School, Redhill

Running for over 40 years, this music course (residential and non-residential options) has given many young musicians the opportunity to develop, play and perform with other young musicians while making friends at the same time. There are orchestral and choral workshops available.

Orchestral Main Course

For young people of 11 – 18 years old who are approximately Grade 4 standard and above (it is not necessary to have taken any exams).

Opportunities to play in an Orchestra, Wind Band and Jazz Band all with a team of dedicated professional tutors supporting each section and always on hand to help and give advice.

Orchestral Mini Course

For players of around grades 1 – 3

There are two ensembles to choose from:

  • Strings for violin, viola, cello & double bass
  • Wind Band for all brass, woodwind and percussion

Singing workshops

Singing workshops for young vocalists aged 8 – 13 years old. The workshops will include fun and light repertoire such as jazz and musical theatre. No previous singing experience is needed. The workshops will be led by professional Surrey Arts tutors.

Pupils can choose to do either one of the workshops or can do both as different music will be played during each session.

  • Choice of morning and afternoon workshops
  • Non-residential

Orchestral Come & Try

A free event from 2 – 3.30pm for 4 – 18 year olds to come and try the many instruments in an orchestra. Trumpet, cello, bassoon, double bass, tuba, percussion and many more.

  • Non-residential
  • Parent supervision required
  • FREE

Orchestra Explorers

We are offering two half day courses for anybody that has recently started learning an instrument giving them a chance to play in an orchestra perhaps for the first time.

During each session pupils will play a variety of fun music specially chosen for beginners and will learn how to play as part of an orchestra. The pupils will be tutored by our Surrey Arts teaching team and will be helped and supported every step of the way.

During each session the pupils will get a tour of the fantastic Gatton Park site and will get to hear a range of music played by the older children taking part in the main course.

Pupils can choose to do either one of the workshops or can of course do both as different music will be played during each session.

These courses will be most suited to anybody learning an orchestral instrument that can play just a few notes up to about grade 1 standard.



Students who opt for the residential course will be looked after by a dedicated team of house staff and accommodated in one of the purpose built student halls ay Royal Alexandra & Albert School. All of the accommodation blocks contain televisions as well as games rooms and outside of rehearsal time many fun activities are organised. Quiet spaces can also be arranged for pupils wanting to revise.

All meals and refreshments are provided throughout the day and always prove popular with the students.


Registration for Easter 2020 will be open from October 2019.

If you would like further information telephone 01483 518625 or email