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Music Mark Monthly

March 2013

Editors Introduction
Welcome to the first issue of the monthly newsletter for The UK Association for Music Education Music Mark,
within which I hope you will find a good mix of past and present items to attract your interest. The newsletter is one
of the family of publications carrying over from NAME to the new association, alongside the annual book, the termly
magazine and occasional bulletins. Together with the associations website, this newsletter is one of the most
immediate ways of pulling together and distributing information to members, so please do send me items relating
to any music education aspect and context for future issues.
Lis McCullough

Music Mark News

Music Mark Summer Symposium: The Potential of Music
Saturday 15 June, CBSO Centre, Birmingham
A music education symposium exploring progression and pedagogy.

Music Mark Autumn Conference: Raising the Bar the highest quality music education for all
Friday 15 Saturday 16 November, Manchester Central

Visit for more details.

London Region Network meeting (formerly NAME meeting)
Wednesday 17 April, 4:30 - 6:30pm, The Cass School of Education & Communities, University of East London
Open to any London member, the principle item on the agenda will be Philip Flood, from Sound Connections, talking
about the new qualification for music educators (Certificate for Music Educators CME). The event is free.
Please contact Chris Dalladay, former NAME London Region Representative, at to indicate

York Music Hub discount for primary schools
York Music Hub offers a discount for their Wider Opportunities programme to any school where a teacher joins, or is
already a member of, The UK Association for Music Education Music Mark. There is now also a further subsidy for
signing up to Sing Up. Contact Tim Brooks, former NAME director, at for more information.

The final NAME Regional Conference
John Finney (former NAME Eastern Region Representative) reports:
The Eastern Region NAME Conference held in Cambridge on March 9
brought together sixty music teachers from all
phases and sectors of music education, and from as far away as Liverpool, Hereford and Newcastle. The place of the
voice in a broad and balanced music education and how we sustain its use in diverse curriculum contexts called for
presentations from classroom music teachers holding powerful knowledge to reveal fresh and novel ways of working.
Bringing together learning from practitioner research, examples of wise practice, the findings from large scale
research, challenging questions set to provoke fresh action and, of course, the satisfaction of making music together
provided a model of CPD that was welcomed and appreciated, and those attending left with a rich bank of ideas and


Look out for the Music Mark Magazine
The first issue of the new associations termly magazine has just been published. In it you will find
the same rich variety of articles that regular readers of the NAME Magazine have enjoyed in the
past. In this terms issue we range from Higher Ed to the Early Years; from a PRU to the US; from
Kodly to The Big Noise. Read From the archive and ponder how much has changed, or not, over
the last 45 years!

Other News

Curriculum consultation
On 7 February 2013 the Secretary of State for Education announced a public consultation on the draft National
Curriculum that will run until 16 April 2013. Visit and scroll down to
Reform of the National Curriculum in England for more information and for the relevant documents.
NB. The Music Programmes of study for Key Stages 1-3 are available at (you may need to copy and paste this
address into your browser).

News from Brent Music Service (
Brent Concert Band at The Nationals: On Sunday 14th April, Brent Concert Band will be
performing at the National Concert Band Festival in Birmingham (tickets available from ).
The band, who gained the top Platinum Award at their last visit to the Nationals in
Glasgow in 2011, will be hoping to come home with the top award once more. This will be an exciting pre-cursor to
their forthcoming 6-day tour of Belgium and Germany in July.
Battle of the Bands: In response to the requests of local Heads of Music, Brent Music Service (as the Brent Music
Education Hub) is delighted to present a new event for pop, rock, soul, folk, reggae, jazz, other popular or world
music bands. School-nominated bands will be battling it out from 7.00pm on 1st May at Claremont High School.
Music professionals will judge the entries, which can include sets of original or cover titles, and the winning group will
receive a brand new Yamaha Electronic Drum Kit for their school, supplied by Brent Music Service.

Rock the Cavern
Richard Jones, Assistant Head of Solihull Music Service and Director of the National Rock and Pop Festival, has sent
the following report:
On Monday 4th March over 500 performers, parents and supporters from Solihull went to Liverpool to Rock the
Cavern. The concerts were organised by the Solihull Music Service. The afternoon concert 12.00pm 3.00pm
featured 9 Solihull School bands performing 20min sets on the iconic Beatle Stage and then at 4.00pm the Live
Lounge was taken over by a sold out audience to watch a concert by Solihull Music Service and Saturday Music
Centre groups. Solihull Music Service is the only authority outside Liverpool to use this iconic venue, with the aim of
inspiring the next generation of musicians! Please visit to read comments about
the event and view photos. See news about the Rock and Pop Festival 2013 in the Events section below.

The Ensemble: A newsletter for the El Sistema movement in the United States
Search online to see examples of this and email if you wish to join the mailing list.

Social network Schooble
UK-based software company Paritor, supported by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM),
launched the social platform Schooble on 20 March at the Music Education Expo. Schooble
connects everyone involved in the sphere of education in a highly secure and interactive
environment, allowing users to create their own unique online space.
Visit for more information.

Oldham Music Service concerts
Gerard Booth, Director of Music for Oldham Music Service ( ),
has sent the following report:
Over the five nights from March 11
to March 15
, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in
Oldham hosted a series of concerts that offered some music making of
tremendous variety. The Music Centre staff (and hopefully the students, too!)
were absolutely delighted with just about everything that took place over the
week. It was a truly exceptional festival and it certainly is a festival in all but
name offering as it did an amazing
range of age groups and musical genres
with one common denominator
underpinning the whole thing:
musicianship of the highest quality.
Friday night was a concert debut for the Adult Community Department. These
groups have really taken off in the last three or four years and their concert
on Friday evening included choirs, bands and a ukulele group.

Early Years film
Sound Connections have released What's That Noise? Of interest to anybody working in the early years sector, this
15-minute film highlights the importance of child-initiated music play and gives suggestions about observing,
supporting and extending children's musical play. See the YouTube link at

Youth Music paper on non-formal pedagogy
Douglas Lonie, YMs Research and Evaluation Manager, presented a paper on the place
of non-formal pedagogy in English music education at the first international
Community Music and Music Pedagogy conference at Ludwig Maximilian University in
Munich, February 21-23. In his talk he drew on the Communities of Music Education
report commissioned by YM and written by Jo Saunders and Graham Welch at the
Institute of Education, London University. That report, published last autumn, can be
accessed at

Innovate funding from Sound Connections
Sound Connections have just announced the return of 'Innovate', the programme
that incubates and develops new music projects with disadvantaged young people
across London. There is up to 4,000 per project available, with a closing date for
applications of Wednesday 10 April. You can find full details of the scheme at

Sound Children a joined up approach to musical play . . .
Music Mark members Drums for Schools ( are about to
launch a new range of Early Years music resources for nurseries, child-minders and
parents, giving them not just award-winning musical instruments, but also the ideas,
training, advice and support they need to deliver inspirational music sessions that bring
out the musicality in young children and foster all-round healthy development. The
catalogue and website for shopping and support will be available from April 2013 at


Events & Conferences (in date order)

MEC Spring seminar
Tuesday 16 April, NCVO Conference Suite, London
This seminar will examine the new curriculum for music education in England, with an opportunity
to discuss, contrast and compare with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Officials from the
Department for Education National Curriculum Review Team will be in attendance for the full day.
Go to to book your place.

Early Years Up Beat conference
Tuesday 16 April, Brew House Arts Centre, Burton on Trent.
This event is aimed at anyone who has an interest in early years, creative learning and family engagement. Spend the
day with sector specialists, including Alison Street, Margareta Burrell and Linda Bance as guest speakers, and learn
new and innovative ways to engage early years children and families in music and movement activities. Visit for more information.

Musical Babies
Thursday 25 April, 9:3015:30, Gateshead Old Town Hall, NE8 1HE
The Musical Eyes Network is proud to present this CPD opportunity, featuring
Colwyn Trevarthen and Sandra Kerr. More information at
musical-babies/. Musical Eyes is a 20,000 Voices early years network funded by Youth Music. Find out more about the
network by visiting the website: or email

Gateshead and South Tyneside Music Education Hub concert
Saturday 27 April, Dryden Centre Great Hall, Evistones Rd., Gateshead NE9 5UR
The Gateshead and South Tyneside Music Education Hub is welcoming the Kennemer Youth Orchestra
from Haarlem, the Netherlands, in a concert shared with the Gateshead Youth Orchestra. The
programme includes the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 K503, (soloist Xiaofen Song, prize winner from
the Royal Scottish Conservatoire), Finders Keepers Suite by John Treherne (Head of Gateshead Schools
Music Service), Borodins Polovtsian Dances, and Bernsteins West Side Story Suite.
Tickets are 5 (3 concessions) from 0191 4338690. More information available at

Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar: The future for the examination and qualifications system in
England Wednesday morning, 26 June, Central London
This seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the future shape of Englands
examination and qualifications system, as plans are put in place for the most significant changes since the
introduction of GCSEs in the 1980s. It is timed to follow the conclusion of Ofquals current inquiry into the quality of
marking, and includes a keynote address from Glenys Stacey, Chief Regulator, Ofqual.
Visit for more details
and to book.

South West Music Conference
Friday 5 July 2013 at the Wiltshire Music Centre (usually at Bath Spa University)
In partnership with music hubs in the South West (South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol,
Wiltshire, North Somerset and Bath Spa University). Do you teach music? Would you like some new ideas? Just
starting? Want to consolidate your knowledge? Improve your skills? Network with other music leaders? Open to all
teachers, music leaders and student teachers. Workshops on singing, inclusion, early years, recorder teaching and
lots more! 60 per delegates. More information and booking available after Easter. For more information contact
Christine Wright, Teaching and Learning Adviser Music, South Gloucestershire Music Hub, at

Rock and Pop Festival 2013
Saturday 13Tuesday 16 July. O2 Academy, Birmingham
The National Rock and Pop Festival is a non-profit event run by teachers for pupils in education. This year the Festival
is moving to Birmingham. Tickets for the festival are available from the O2 Academy 08444 772 000 (24 hrs) or or Band application forms are now available from the
following websites and you can also download the poster to spread the word: and (the official site).

Orchestra in a Field
Saturday 20Sunday 21 July, Glastonbury Abbey
Highlights include huge promenade performance of Britten's opera Noye's Fludde, plus Mozart, Wagner, Dvorak &
Strauss; bespoke orchestral gigs with Rachel & Becky Unthank; one-off musical experiences from contemporary
talents including members of Portishead and Goldfrapp; new score to
accompany the classic 1928 silent movie The Passion of Joan of Arc; the
Scrapheap Orchestra; and the British Paraorchestra.
Visit for more details and to book.

Dartington International Summer School
27 July31 August, Dartington Hall, Devon
Dartington International Summer School celebrates its 60th year this summer. The summer school
is the leading event of its kind in Europe, where each year almost 1,000 people of all ages and
abilities amateurs and professionals; beginners and experts come together in a celebration of
music, song and dance, involving a range of different instruments, different styles and different
eras. For more information visit

ROH Write an Opera course
The next Royal Opera House Write an Opera course takes place in August. Application deadline Friday 31 May. Visit for more details and an application form.

SMA Celebration Concert
Tuesday 5 November, Royal Albert Hall, London
The Schools Music Association of Great Britain is 75 years old this year and, to celebrate, will be
holding a concert in the Albert Hall for the benefit of the childrens charity Barnardos. The on-
stage choir of 1200 young people (KS2) will also take part in an exciting world ocarina playing
record. For more details go to the SMA website at, and click on the SMA
Events tab.

N.B. Sometimes weblinks that go over more than one line dont work when you click on them in a pdf document. If
that happens here, copy and paste them into your browser.

Please email details of possible items for future issues to Lis McCullough at, marked for
the attention of the Newsletter Editor.