Music Professional Development Day

A fantastic opportunity for all music teachers and educators to reflect, refresh and re-invigorate their teaching practice. 

Welcome to the 2021 Music Professional Development Day. We have put a programme together of specialist networks and training sessions for classroom music teachers.

Over the course of the day, Surrey Arts’ Music CPD Day will provide a varied range of workshops aimed at the current needs of music teachers and leaders working in educational settings.   

There will be a range of content with offers suitable for specialist and non-specialist teachers at all key stages as well as workshops specifically looking at the new Model Music Curriculum and how this document can be used to help improve the musical outcomes of the young people you work with.  

Our main MMC workshops for primary and secondary phases have been timetabled for lunchtime and after school slots so we that we can make it as easy as possible for you to attend these sessions. The day will be held remotely using Zoom allowing all participants to join safely and conveniently. 

The Programme

Friday 25 June 2021

Drop-in surgeries available at 11.30am and 1.30pm. See below for details.

The Sessions

10.00 – 11.30am

School Singing Restart with the Voices Foundation 
Get ready to restart your school singing with the help of the Voices Foundation! Topics will cover ideas for re-engaging children with singing, vocal health (for children and teachers), effective lesson structures, and a look at some songs within and beyond the new Model Music Curriculum, including songs from different genres and cultures. 

Voices Foundation has been working since 1993 to help schools, academies, Music Education Hubs and other partners across the UK to establish sustainable and effective music education in their settings. They work to transform music in schools by developing teachers’ knowledge, skills and confidence in how to teach music effectively. 


Urban Music role and relevance in education settings:  Jack Kingslake 
During this training session participants will learn about the history and origins of the current popular underground music genres and their connection to the social issues that young people are facing. The trainer will also demonstrate how as practitioner we can help young people make authentic sounding tracks using commonly used sequencing software. 


11.30am – 12.00pm 

Charanga Surgery 

Lydia Dalby, specialist trainer from the Charanga team will be on hand to answer any of your questions about Charanga, and offer you any support you might need for using this resource in your school. 
Also available at 1.30pm   

11.30am – 12.00pm   

Surrey Arts Liaison  

Talk to Surrey Arts managers about music provision at your school.  How Surrey Arts can help boost instrumental music for your students, and help support your music curriculum 

11.30am – 12.00pm   

Vocal Surgery  

An update on guidance for singing within the Covid-19 parameters, with an opportunity for questions and discussion.  Led by Nancy Gilio-Terry, Surrey Arts’ Vocal Lead 


12.00 – 1.30pm 

Listening and Appraising at KS3 through an EDI lens: Sam Spence (Cancelled)

As a response to the new MMC document we look at how schools can put together their own listening repertoire lists and how you can ensure you are being fully inclusive in your approach to listening and appraising in their curriculum.   Can the process of appraising itself build up barriers to learning?  How should schools best approach a listening curriculum that prepares students for external examinations as well as reflecting diverse cultures and children’s own interests.  


Primary Music Network:  The Model Music Curriculum:  Dr. Alison Daubnay

Join us for a discussion-based workshop around the new Model Music Curriculum and how it sits with the National Curriculum, the National Plan for Music Education and published music education schemes.   

This session offers an opportunity for primary teachers, whether music specialists or class teachers, to reflect on the music curriculum and wider music offer in their school through exploring and critiquing the new Model Music Curriculum, identifying key strengths in their own curriculum offer and potential areas of future development through universal provision. 


1.30 – 2.00pm 

Charanga Surgery 

Lydia Dalby, specialist trainer from the Charanga team will be on hand to answer any of your questions about Charanga, and offer you any support you might need for using this resource in your school.    

1.30 – 2.00pm 

Whole Class projects Surgery  (WCET / Tuning Up)  

Chat informally with our School team about how  Surrey Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) can work for your schools.   Find out more about the Surrey WCET offer, with various options so we can tailor the best package for your students. 

1.30 – 2.00pm 

Surrey Arts Music Tech Surgery   

Surrey Arts’ Jim Pinchen can help you with all your music tech questions and problems.  Come and ask about anything music tech that you need support with, (no matter how minor) and Jim will do his best to help.   What is the best solution for recording in class?  Top tips for making a top class mix with your students, and much more…. 


2.00 – 3.30pm

Pop Song Selection and Arranging for Young Voices : Lee Reynolds 
A practical session for teachers looking for guidance on what to consider when selecting popular songs for young developing voices to sing, along with recommendations for arranging songs. Led by Lee Reynolds, this session will cover topics including range, melodic lines, adaptation of lyrics, stumbling blocks to look out for, methods of teaching, and some ideas for arrangements that use techniques to reduce the amount of bioaerosols produced during singing. This first session will be suitable for teachers new to selecting songs for children and young singers. Teachers are welcome to provide names of pop songs they are considering for use in their school (see workshop registration form). 

Lee Reynolds is a music leader and arranger, in addition to being the Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. His vocal arrangements for young people have been performed in schools across the UK, as well as in the education programmes of English National Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House and the National Youth Choir. Lee also enjoys a busy career as a conductor, working in opera and symphonic repertoire across Europe. 


Musical approaches to working with students with different needs: Ben Bastin 
How to adapt your music curriculum to be inclusive for all students. Musical approaches to working with young people with different needs. Recognising those needs and how to adapt your practice to help the participant reach their full potential.  


3.45 – 4.45pm 

Secondary Music Network:  The Model Music Curriculum: Dr. Alison Daubnay  (Cancelled)

What does the new Model Music Curriculum mean for my secondary school?   Join us for a discussion-based workshop where we will reflect upon and critique the new Model Music Curriculum and what it means in practice in your own setting.  The workshop will help you to identify strengths and potential areas for development in your own curriculum and wider school offer, and to consider how ideas from the MMC might be integrated into your own KS3 curriculum in order to secure inspiring universal provision.


Djembe for the primary classroom: Simon Cambers

A practical workshop on how to establish and teach west African drumming in your classroom.   Practical approaches, resource ideas, classroom management. 


4.45 – 5.45pm

Open discussion and network groups


How to book

The cost for the day is £30 single ticket price for Surrey school delegates. Bookings are through the Surrey County Council Services for Schools Portal or through Eventbrite

If you have any difficulties making your booking or require further information please email surreyartsschools@surreycc.gov.uk