Hitting the Right Note:
How to make music safely and why it matters
Thursday 12th November, 2020 9:30AM
In the second instalment of the #VFSingWell webinar series, this discussion brings together research, guidance, and leadership to better understand and explore how music can and should remain a priority for schools during these challenging times. Join us as we dive into current research, unpack and translate current guidance, and provide practical solutions for music making in schools.
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“All pupils should have access to a quality arts education. Music, dance and drama build confidence and help children live happier, more enriched lives, and discover the joy of expressing themselves.”
Updated 5 November 2020
Voices Foundation is committed to ensuring that every child is able to find their voice through the power of singing. Through this discussion, we are keen to support school leaders, classroom teachers, and music specialists to understand the current guidance and the emerging science on safe singing. We hope to inspire the confidence to engage your pupils in singing with an understanding of how important singing is to wellbeing, key to skill development and vital to keep central to the school timetable during this uncertain time.
Dr Anita Collins
Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, researcher and author in the field of brain development and music learning. She is internationally recognized for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student. In her newly published work, The Music Advantage, Dr Anita Collins draws on the latest international neurological research to reveal the extraordinary and surprising benefits of children learning music.
Gary Griffiths is the author of Music Unlocked, Music Mark’s Covid-19 guidelines for the music education sector. He was the lead for Havering Music Education Hub in East London for over seven years and managed peripatetic tuition in Essex for 13 years before that. Gary now supports Music Education Hubs with Music Mark and performs as a (mostly classical) baritone in normal times.
Sophie Gosden is the Headteacher at The Mill Primary Academy in Crawley, West Sussex. New to the Voices Foundation, The Mill Primary Academy has embraced music because it is inclusive, celebratory, builds a sense of community and engages parents and carers.
"We enable our students to have a good grasp of skills and inspire them to be significant contributors to world society in their future. We want our staff to love their job and make their choice of profession to be a choice they are proud of and a workplace they enjoy and take pride in working in. We aim to provide a learning journey for the mind by aiming high; expanding minds; instilling self-belief and raising expectations."