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From instrumental to classroom teachers, our conference has something for everyone


The full programme schedule is below. As well as inspirational keynote speeches from BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz and leading educationalist Paul Harris, you can choose from a number of wide-ranging sessions throughout the day to create a programme that suits you, whatever you teach. Or you can spend an hour in our new ‘Spotlight on Teaching’ strand and enjoy several short talks on a range of topics to enhance your teaching practice.

Watch Lincoln Abbotts (ABRSM Executive Director, Strategic Development) and John Holmes (ABRSM Chief Examiner) give a flavour of what to expect in this short video.

Programme schedule

9.00am–10.00am

REGISTRATION, REFRESHMENTS & TRADE SHOW VISIT

10.00am–10.30am

WELCOME

10.30am–11.30am

KEYNOTE 1:

Think like an artist (Will Gompertz)

11.30am–12.00pm

BREAK

12.00pm–1.00pm

FOUR CONCURRENT SESSIONS (CHOOSE ONE):

1) Pathways through the new Piano syllabus, Grades 1–5

Discover ABRSM's new Piano repertoire in a session of practical demonstrations and discussions exploring a variety of musical approaches to teaching the music set for Grades 1–5. This session will look at imaginative ways to focus your students' exam preparation around the aspects of performance that examiners assess and help them engage with the music with enthusiasm and confidence.

2) Manage your performance nerves

In this talk, Charlotte Tomlinson will look at how performance anxiety can arise and the possible psychological reasons behind it, along with practical tools to manage it better. This session will include a short masterclass.

3) Curriculum planning and assessment

Suppose you teach a student for three years. That would be around 100 lessons. For five years, it could be 150. With your help, what would you want them to achieve by that time? What would be your long-term plan for their progression? Would it be simply lesson-to-lesson, wait and see, do and adapt, or would you want an outline instrumental teaching ‘curriculum’ to guide and underpin those sets of half-termly, termly and annual lessons?

Whether you teach classes, small groups or individuals, evolving a curriculum is a key aspect of effective teaching. In this practical session, ABRSM Chief Examiner John Holmes will explore ways to devise a curriculum relevant to your students and teaching context, along with ideas about how and when to involve assessment.

4) Spotlights on teaching

10 top tips for practising
It’s not how much you do, it’s what and how you do it. Tried and tested approaches to achieving effective practice.

Shine!
Targeted advice and a practical toolkit from leading piano teacher and educator Karen Marshall to help your SEND students to shine.

The music business
Invaluable guidance on how to run a successful business as a music teacher.

1.00pm–2.00pm

LUNCH, TRADE SHOW VISIT & INFORMAL SESSIONS

2.00pm–2.30pm

KEYNOTE 2:

How do we know if our pupils are actually learning? (Paul Harris)

We may be providing some great teaching, but are our pupils actually learning? Paul Harris will explore the mysteries of the learning process – and may surprise you with some of the findings. 

2.30pm–3.30pm

THREE CONCURRENT SESSIONS (CHOOSE ONE):

1) Perfecting performance at the early grades

What can we really expect at Grade 1? This session will explore how imagination, communication and understanding underpin a musical performance, even at the earliest stages of learning.

2) The lost art of listening

Our contemporary world means that we’re surrounded by evermore music of varying styles, played on an ever-evolving range of devices. This session will offer approaches to embracing these myriad sonic experiences, offering tips and techniques to develop an active approach to listening, and making the connection to focused instrumental and vocal practice.

3) Spotlights on teaching

Ask us anything
We'll answer any questions you have about the new ABRSM Piano syllabus, teaching piano, or anything to do with piano.

From straight to swung, ostinato to groove
A pacey musical journey connecting classical to jazz in a few easy steps.

Discover digital
With more and more learners using digital pianos for practice, Casio will dispel the myths and misconceptions around them and highlight the uses and advantages they offer to both teachers and students. Focusing on their award-winning Grand Hybrid pianos, made in collaboration with C. Bechstein, this session will offer a quick and definitive guide to better understand today's technology.

3.30pm–4.00pm

BREAK

4.00pm–5.00pm

FOUR CONCURRENT SESSIONS (CHOOSE ONE):

1) Grade 6–8 in action

Explore the new Piano repertoire in a masterclass with real students.

2) Manage your performance nerves

In this talk, Charlotte Tomlinson will look at how performance anxiety can arise and the possible psychological reasons behind it, along with practical tools to manage it better. This session will include a short masterclass.

3) The musical journey to notation

This session will explore practical pre-notation ideas and resources for use in either instrumental lessons or the classroom. Presenters will describe and demonstrate how good reading skills, musical understanding and technical control can be naturally, seamlessly and imaginatively introduced using improvisation, composition and graphic scores.

4) Spotlights on teaching

Pass, Merit, Distinction
John Holmes, ABRSM’s Chief Examiner, answers your questions.

Shine!
Targeted advice and a practical toolkit from leading piano teacher and educator Karen Marshall to help your SEND students to shine.

All together now
Eyes, ears, everyone together – an interactive guide to leading a dynamic workshop.

5.00pm–6.00pm

DRINKS RECEPTION


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