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PGCert Performance Teaching – 50% discount to all Hackney teachers.

This year Guildhall offering a 50% discount to all Hackney teachers. The time commitment is 13 days of face-to-face workshops, plus online learning and self-directed study. The workshops are generally at weekends, mostly coinciding with half terms and holidays.

Who is it for?

The course is designed to support professional musicians, actors, production artists and dancers who teach as part of their practice as performers either as their main employment or as part of a portfolio career. It offers a unique opportunity to develop creative and reflective practice in teaching performing arts.

There are two pathways: PGCert and PGCert (HE). If you already have appropriate experience of teaching at HE level you may have the option of taking the PGCert (HE) pathway which will lead to additional professional recognition – Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. In order to be eligible for the PGCert (HE) pathway, you need to be able to draw on at least 50-60 hours of authentic HE Learning & Teaching practice whilst doing the course.


25th March closing date for applications to the Guildhall School’s PGCert in Performance Teaching.

Further Information   

Further details are on the website (, including a short video from our Open Evening. Additionally, if you’d like to find out more please email


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Online Training Courses for Primary, Secondary & Instrumental Music Teachers







Music Education Solutions has recently expanded its range of online courses for primary, secondary, and instrumental music teachers. Whether you’re looking for planning inspiration, help with the national curriculum, behaviour management tips, or want to develop your understanding around the theory of musical learning, there is something for everyone!

Each course costs £99, is valid for 6 months, and comes with a certificate on completion.

To find out more, visit the Music Education Solutions website. 

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LSO Discovery Creative Days for Teachers

Led by LSO Workshop leader Rachel Leach and LSO musicians, these day-long workshops at LSO St Luke’s equip primary school teachers, and other staff teaching music, with the skills to take a creative and hands-on approach to composing music in the classroom.

As part of each Creative Day, attendees will receive a complimentary ticket to a linked LSO evening concert at the Barbican Hall.

Where? LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old St, London EC1V 9NG

When? Monday 11 March 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm & Monday 29 April 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm

For more information: Pia Luck,

Further Opportunities: 

In addition to termly Creative Days, we also run a year-long CPD programme for primary teachers, Music in the Classroom. Creative Days explore some of the content of this year-long programme, and are therefore an ideal way to experience our way of working before you apply for Music in the Classroom.

Booking information:

Cost to school: £75+VAT per Creative Day per teacher

If the cost is a barrier to your school’s participation, please contact us to discuss options. To book a place, or for more information, please contact Pia Luck at and provide your name, email address, and school address.

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Singing Strategy Symposium













Now in its fifth year, the Singing Strategy Symposium is moving to London for the first time!

This event is for anyone interested in singing, choirs and vocal teaching, including leaders and teachers from music education hubs, schools, and private music organisations. The emphasis of the day is on discussion and debate, with plenty of opportunities for peer-sharing and networking.

There will also be a range of presentations from singing experts, and a trade fair showcasing some of the UK’s best vocal education organisations, including Sing Up, Friday Afternoons, & Out of the Ark.

Programme Highlights:

  • Beyond the Big Sing: Building a sustainable singing strategy
  • Singing Strategy Beyond 2020: Will it exist and what will it look like?
  • Peer Sharing: Singing Warm-Ups and Games hosted by Sing Up
  • Wisdom of the Crowd: How can we make our singing strategies successful?
  • Singing in the Early Years hosted by NYMAZ
  • KS2 Singing Resources hosted by Friday Afternoons
  • Research Presentations from Postgraduate Vocal Researchers

Further information and booking visit the website here

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Trinity Laban – Beyond the Dots Summer School Bursaries Announced

Following a successful pilot year, Trinity Laban is delighted to announce bookings are now open for the return of Beyond the Dots, a Summer School for young musicians aged 11-19 years. Bursary support for eligible young people to attend at the subsidised price of just £70 (normal price £210) is now available. 

Beyond the Dots is a mixed ability 3-day holiday course supporting young musicians aged 11 – 19 to develop musical skills and creativity. Trinity  welcome young instrumentalists who have been playing for 3+ years with bursaries available on a first come, first served basis to applicants who are able to evidence eligibility for free school meals or whose parents/ guardians /carers are in receipt of means tested benefits (income support, job seekers allowance).

Trinity recognise that, for those on low incomes, £70 can be difficult to find, and they therefore welcome the support of any school or Music Hub who feels able to further subsidise a place for a young musician from their area/school. Please email: if you would like to discuss this.

Further information about the summer school, and standard booking can be found here

To apply for a bursary place for Beyond the Dots please email: with:

·         Participant’s name, age, instrument(s)

·         A brief (2-3 sentence) outline of why they would like to take up this opportunity

·         Evidence of free school meal eligibility or benefits (scan or PDF)

·         Which bursary option they would like to take up: £70 (without taster lesson) or £80 (with a 30 minute one-to-one taster lesson)

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Young & Serious – 2017 Programme Launch

Serious are looking for the UK’s top young events producers to take part in this exciting free programme…
Young & Serious offers motivated young people aged 18 to 25 unique insights and experience within the music industry, with the chance to attend industry events, talks and workshops, work with exciting national & international artists and programme and deliver music activity.

This free programme kickstarts with a residential weekender, where you will meet people working across all areas of the music industry. This will be followed by regular meetings and online activity, through which you will plan your own projects to take place during the EFG London Jazz Festival 2017, gaining an Arts Award qualification.

The programme is free and open to anyone aged 18 to 25 living in the UK. To find out more about the programme and how to apply, visit the Serious website here.


Serious are a Hackney Music Service Network Partner
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