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Programme Announced for 2021 MU Education Conference

We are excited to announce the programme for the MU’s in-person Education Conference on 15-16 October, designed to provide members who teach with training and professional development. Book via the link below.

Published: 26 August 2021 | 5:50 PM
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One theme for the conference is health and wellbeing, our other focus is inclusion. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The MU is delighted to announce the programme for our 2021 Education Conference, to be held at Resonance, a state-of-the-art music college in Dudley, on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October. The programme will comprise two full days of training sessions and seminars, including a drinks reception and dinner on the Friday evening.

One theme for the conference is health and wellbeing. Both days will begin with an optional group meditation (a secular practice for calm and focus). We also have insights from music therapy, Feldenkrais (a practice to reconnect with the body) and mindful group singing.

Our other focus is inclusion. We are pleased to welcome Black Lives in Music to lead a session on equality in music education, and musicians from the disabled-led National Open Youth Orchestra will showcase their ground-breaking work.

We are also offering all delegates a free one-to-one consultation session with an MU official or qualified coach should they wish to take this up.

The full list of session topics is as follows. Precise timings are on our Eventbrite listing. We will supply full session descriptions and speaker biographies shortly.

Friday 15 October

Morning:

  • Welcome and brief group meditation
  • Senegalese drumming workshop (with Mohamed Gueye)
  • National Open Youth Orchestra showcase – the world’s first disabled led national youth orchestra

Afternoon:

  • Building an Inclusive Community in UK Music Education (with Roger Wilson from Black Lives in Music)
  • Breakouts: Develop your teaching practice (with Dr Kerry Boyle and Diane Widdison) OR Rhythm activities and neuroscience (with Mike Simpson)
  • Breakouts: Make every copy count with the Schools Printed Music Licence (with Abigail D’Amore) OR Music technology hacks (with Jonathan and Josh Savage)
  • Inside the musical relationship (with music therapist Bob Heath)

Evening:

  • Drinks reception and dinner

Saturday 16 October

Morning:

  • Welcome and brief group meditation
  • Breakouts: Mind, body and song (with Melissa James) OR Feldenkrais (with Emma Alter)
  • Breakouts: Students with performance anxiety (with Amy Littlewood) OR Workplace trade union activism

Afternoon:

  • Supporting learners with autism (speaker TBC) OR Employment law workshop (with MU Education Official David Barnard)
  • Closing discussion: UK music education policy – where are we? (With MU National Organiser for Education and Health & Wellbeing Chris Walters)

Coffee and pastries will be provided at morning registration on both days, and lunch and tea/coffee are also included. Dinner is provided on the first evening following the drinks reception.

Book your place

For MU members, a two-day ticket is £65 and a one-day ticket £40. For non-members, a two-day ticket is £150 and a one-day ticket £90.Two-day tickets include the drinks reception and dinner. Book through our Eventbrite listing.

We are committed to running an inclusive and accessible conference. Members with any questions or special requirements, or who are unable to afford tickets due to financial hardship, can contact us confidentially at education@theMU.org.

We have arranged a discounted hotel offer for delegates who wish to stay on one or more nights. This is for the Copthorne Hotel which is a two-minute walk from the conference venue. Single occupancy rooms are £70 and double occupancy (including twin) are £80, bed and breakfast included. The first 30 MU members to book hotel rooms will receive a further 50 percent discount (single £35 and double £40) subsidised by the MU.

If you would like to book hotel accommodation, please email education@theMU.org and we will arrange this for you.

In the unlikely event that the conference cannot go ahead due to coronavirus restrictions, delegate tickets and hotel rooms will be fully refunded.

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