CPD and Resources for Music Teachers

Training Courses run through Surrey Music Hub

Throughout the year there are many music and vocal courses that support tutors and teachers improve their continual learning and development.

Introduction to Kodaly  Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall has created a series of four short videos introducing the basics of Kodaly. The videos have been designed for singers in the Surrey Youth Choir, but teachers may also find them useful as an introduction to using Kodaly.

Relaxing Vocal Warm-up with Lesley Surrey Arts singing teacher Lesley Gladigau leads a physical and vocal warm-up that will help you to relax and release tension while getting your voice ready to sing or speak. Ideal also for a vocal refresh during a long day!


CPD Online

Becoming A Better Music Teacher   This is a 5 week online course, run by ABRSM with 3 hours study a week looking at developing skills for music teaching. The course gives an opportunity to assess your current teaching strategies and look at new ways to engage your students during their lessons. You’ll get instrumental / vocal specific advice and resources as well as guidance on how to plan music lessons within a broader curriculum.

Next online course due to start April 6th – this is free.  

Spotting Music Potential in Young Musicians  Awards for Young Musicians have created a series of short videos that identify the key facets in spotting potential in our young musicians: 1) Enjoyment; 2) Active listening; 3) Absorption in the music; 4) Commitment to the process; 5) Inclination to explore; 6) Inclination to lead; 7) Memory; 8) Expression

ISM Professional Development Webinars  The ISM have created an extensive resource bank with over 60 FREE webinars (each around 50 mins) on a wide range of music topics such as 

  • performance anxiety: a guide for teachers; 
  • music in the curriculum, 
  • specific exam board advice (webinars from the main boards); 
  • health and wellbeing series; 
  • Music and dyslexia

and many, many more. 

Kodaly Musicianship Training with Esther Hargitai  A new online Kodaly course that will help all teachers and musicians improve their subject knowledge and skills.  Esther Hargittai is a Hungarian master teacher who has recorded a full 10 lesson course on Kodaly Musicianship for adults at intermediate level.  The first lesson (43 mnutes) can be viewed for free and includes all the handouts.

Feldenkrais Resources for Musicians UK   Offering Free Weekly Feldenkrais for Musicians on Monday lunchtimes. These will be ‘snack’ sized lessons from 12.15-12.45 so that they fit into your day. Each week will be taught by a different practitioner.


Teaching Resources

Surrey Schools Alliance for Excellence Curriculum resources for schools (secondary)

Manwaring Music Education Blog A helpful music education blog written by the Director of Music for Windsor Learning Partnership. Contains ideas and projects for secondary school teachers to keep their students musically active during lockdown.

Mighty Music Teachers Facebook Group

Clements Theory  Online music theory tutorials and support by subscription

Score Study Resources for Conductors  From Boosey & Hawkes, recording playback and accompanying orchestral score pdfs from notable composers along with commentary from conductors.

Focus on Sound  Music education software online for schools (annual subscription)

Tim Topham  Blogs, webinars and resources for piano teachers by Tim Topham