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City hosts conference for local music teachers

Teachers from across the borough of Islington come together at City, University of London

by Chris Lines (Senior Communications Officer)

The Department of Music at City, University of London recently hosted the first Teacher’s Conference for the Music Education Islington (MEI) music hub on Monday 9th September.

Convened and led by MEI Coordinator Mirjam James, the conference brought together peripatetic instrumental and vocal teachers working in Islington in the morning; and in the afternoon primary and secondary music teachers from across the borough.

The day included workshop sessions, including on City’s Balinese gamelan orchestra (pictured above), and external speakers from a range of organisations, including Highbury Youth Choir, the Union Chapel composition class and the Royal Opera House education programme.

Head of Music at City, Professor Laudan Nooshin, said:

"We are delighted to be hosting this event, the first Music Education Islington teacher’s conference. It has been great to talk to local teachers and find out more about what is happening in music education in Islington. We look forward to working more closely with MEI as partners in the music hub."

About Music Education Islington

Music Education Islington is led by Islington Council and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in partnership with the Music in Secondary Schools Trust and leading arts organisations and funders, as well as the Islington Community of Schools. The partnership, which was launched in October 2018, opens up a wealth of diverse opportunities for young people in Islington to access world-class music education, resources and experiences.

Music Education Islington’s vision is for all children and young people to receive a fair share of high quality music education and progression opportunities irrespective of their background.

Music Education Islington will:

  • Ensure that every school pupil in Islington has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for a minimum of one term
  • Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage
  • Ensure that clear and affordable progression routes are available to all young people
  • Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area
  • Offer continuing professional development to schools, particularly in supporting them to deliver music in the curriculum
  • Provide an instrument loan service, with discounts or free provision for those on low incomes
  • Provide access to high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians through the Guildhall School, the Barbican and other professional music organisations.

Find out more about studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate music degree at City, University of London by visiting the Department of Music's pages on our website.

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