Get them singing, keep them singing: leading singing in primary schools

Thursday 30th June 2022

Twilight training sessions online for anyone working with young voices in primary schools

This brand new flexible course is designed to develop confidence, knowledge and skills for all teachers who lead young singers in primary schools, whether in a choir, in a classroom, or the whole school, whatever their experience level.

Each half term join us for a 75 minute online CPD session led by one of our specialist music education team. Each session includes 60 minutes of training plus 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

There are six sessions in all, running from June 2022 to May 2023, giving teachers plenty of time to develop their confidence in time for the Christmas run-up! You can book for individual sessions, or for the full series. All training will be held on Zoom and a link will be sent out to participants the day before training.

Summer term 2022 sessions

Next session 30th June, 5 - 6.15pm: Vocal Health and Engaging Warm Up Ideas with Suzzie Vango

Join Suzzie Vango, conductor for the National Children's Choir of Great Britain and voice coach to the CBSO Youth Choruses, as she leads you through some fun, engaging and healthy vocal warm ups and songs aimed at younger singers. Be prepared to act your shoe size, not your age! Find out more about Suzzie Vango here.

8th June: A Voyage of Vocal Discovery with Charles MacDougall

You can still purchase a recording of this session by booking the session at the link below.

In this first session, tenor, choral director and vocal coach Charles MacDougall encourages everyone to explore their own voice to help unlock skills and gain the tools to lead singing confidently. Charles has a wealth of experience of leading singing in schools, as well as training and supporting teachers, so you can be guaranteed there will be plenty to take away and immediately put into practice. The session is suitable to those totally new to leading singing, as well as more experienced leaders who want a refresher, so don't be shy if you are new to it!

Future sessions:

Autumn half term 1 (2022), 5th October: Repertoire Ideas with Tom Leech and Shivani Rattan

Autumn half term 2 (2022), 9th November: The Teacher as Musical Leader with Amy Bebbington

This session will show how leading music can be realised through a variety of different skills. Amy will cover strategies ranging from pitch scaffolding and solfa hand signs, to kinaesthetic gestures and simple beat patterns in order to equip teachers with a broad range of useful singing leadership skills. Amy has worked with a variety of youth choirs, has delivered numerous whole school singing projects all over the country, and has a natural empathy with teachers who may feel out of their depth! Come and be inspired and enlightened by the potential of your musical making in classrooms, school assemblies, performances and playgrounds.

Spring half term 1 (2023): Using singing as a tool to deliver the curriculum

Spring half term 2 (2023): Developing two part and ensemble singing

Fees:

Each CPD session can be booked individually for a cost of £15 (non-members), £10 (abcd members).

Alternatively, book all six sessions for a block price of £75 (non-members), £50 (abcd members).

Find out more here about becoming an abcd member and all the benefits it offers.

If you would prefer us to send an invoice to your school, get in touch with us by emailing our Training Manager, Elisabeth Brierley.

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