Day 4: Thursday 20 May

Today’s focus: The Future of Online Music Making

Today we’re considering the next steps in online music education – from what a 21st Century Music Hub might look like, to the latest tech developments, to the workforce needs of the music sector and, crucially, how music can help to give children and young people to thrive after what has been a difficult year for many, and how it can be used to promote mental health and trauma recovery.  We are also looking forward to a special sound art workshop in the evening.

10.00 – 11.30am

The Automated Music Hub
Music Education Solutions takes us through a case study exploring ‘The Automated Music Hub: How VR, AI, and online learning trends may impact the work of instrumental teaching service providers‘.

Covid-19 has accelerated the march towards automative processes, and with advances in technology, automation is not just an option for replacing administrative processes, but has much wider potential to replicate many ‘human’ roles. Many musicians are ‘self-taught’, and our sector rightly values this route into music alongside teacher-led approaches. How will automation and new technology affect the balance between these two routes in the future, now that children and adults are used to learning online? Join us to find out!

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12.30pm – 2.00pm

Music Practitioners for the 21st Century – tools to survive!
Delve into the tools and technologies available now – and in the near future – that will help us to deliver effective online music education. 

  • Gain an insight into new technology, pedagogy, and how new ways of working might affect our practice.
  • Find out about hardware and software whilst also exploring the working context for music educators in 2021 and beyond.
  • UCan Play will discuss the technical skills and support we will need in the future.
  • David Barnard, Musicians Union – will explore employment issues for music teachers, post pandemic
  • Ben Redman PHD Research at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will look at teaching in the pandemic with a focus on latency, technology, and implications for future developments.

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2.15 – 3.45 pm

Supporting young peoples’ mental health and wellbeing through Music Education
Learning from the experiences of:

  • Emily Foulkes, Director of Music for Good and founder of the Singing for Health Network who will share trauma and Mental Health Informed Approaches in participatory music education
  • Simon Glenister, Director of Noise Solution who will introduce their wellbeing and interactive 1:1 music mentoring platform for vulnerable youth, and the exciting impact it has made. Drawing on Self Determination Theory (SDT) in its design, the mentoring platform is both tracking and supporting well-being and motivation in their young participants.

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4.00 – 5.00pm

Creative Skills Sharing for Musicians working in Zoom
A chance to learn and share different engagement activities, repertoire and skills for your music making sessions on Zoom.

Practitioner and musician Pete Moser will share some creative improvisation and song writing ideas.

6.00 – 7.30 pm

Creative Taster Workshop in Collaborative Sonic Art
In this session Rachel Beckles Willson draws on traditions of sound art that have been emerging since the 1950s while responding creatively to the difficulties – and opportunities – brought about by Covid. Participants will explore and develop new ways of making sound art as a collaborative group online.

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