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Orchestras for All has launched a brand new Music Leadership Training Programme – an inspiring set of resources specially designed to boost the skills of music leaders and teachers working in state secondary schools, music hubs /services and community music contexts.
’The need to improve access to music making for young people is growing – and our new initiative aims to equip teachers and music leaders with the vital tools and strategies they need to start or develop an ensemble in their school or local community. Expert training is provided through 10 online modules, covering everything from brushing up your conducting and finding suitable music for your ensemble to top tips on how to run an inclusive rehearsal.
To celebrate the launch we’re also hosting an exclusive series of free, live webinars via Zoom, with guest appearances from some of the world’s most respected musicians and music educators – including Sian Edwards, Orchestras for All’s Patron and Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and multi-instrumentalist and composer, Emily Askew.
Sian said: “I feel strongly that any orchestra or ensemble, of any skill level, deserves great leadership – and can be transformed by it. Music Leadership Training gives music teachers and music leaders the skills and the confidence they need to stand up in front of an ensemble in their school or community and be that great leader. I am pleased to share the skills and knowledge I have with the extraordinary, dedicated people working at the front line in their schools and communities.’
Emily commented: “Aural learning is at the heart of folk music making, but the skills involved are crucial for music making in all contexts and genres. Leading an ensemble aurally unlocks musicians' musicianship and ensemble skills, opening up the ensemble for players who don't use western notation or are at an early stage in learning.”