Our week: one tweet says it all

3rd October 2015

Another busy week at MFHQ. We met with Susan Coles aka @theartcriminal from the National Society for Education in Art and IMG_0105
, and the fantastic Big Draw festival. There are many parallels with the challenges faced by music and art teachers, and we discussed similarities between our organisations and ways we might join forces and collaborate in the future.

The focus of our monthly team management meeting on Wednesday was on detailed operational planning for the Music Learning Revolution. As a team we have put a huge amount of thought, effort and hard work into making sure this event is of value and benefit to all who attend. It’s the first conference of this scale we have managed, but we’re delighted with the quality of the content and by the numbers of people who are coming along. Our day started with a competition to see who could tear up the event hashtag (#MLRev) behind their backs. Head of Fundraising Kevin won – artwork displayed here…

#mufuchat theme this week was asking for top tips to give to trainee music teachers. Read the chat archive here.

11165091_10153798215567223_8042345147419995148_nAnna and Alexandra headed to Hackney on Thursday to run the follow-up Just Play pilot training session for classroom teachers from Hackney primary schools. The focus was on how to adapt the approach into individual classroom contexts, answer any questions/concerns, and deliver a session with a group of students to observe and discuss the approach in practice. Was inspiring to hear how many of the teachers had already tried out aspects with students, dusted off guitars and felt comfortable having a go.

We had a great session with the wonderful Whitehouse Consultancy who have been IMG_0106supporting us with our parliamentary engagement campaign. Through them we have had exposure at the House of Lords with peers interested in music and cultural education, and a meeting with Nick Gibb where we talked about how you would learn Bach through informal learning methods. Also a productive meeting with Trinity College London about potential partnerships.

To finish the week Anna gave a keynote at the Soundhub Kent conference that was focussing on promoting effective practice in relation to transition in music education from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3.

The absolute highlight of our week though was seeing this tweet and video from Andover Primary School in Angus, one of the Just Play pilot schools, that showed generalist primary teacher Michael making music with his class, just a few weeks after our initial professional development session with him. “We’re having fun making music together”. That’s what we’re all about!

Excellent workshops ‑ extremely accessible for all abilities and levels."

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra