Abi SharpComment

Music and Arts Joint Practice Development Day 2018

Abi SharpComment
Music and Arts Joint Practice Development Day 2018

Our Future City is pleased to be working in partnership with Brighton & Hove Music & ArtsPavilion & Downs Teaching School AllianceSoundCity and Varndean School to provide the 7th annual Joint Practice Development Day.

Date: Mon 29 Jan 2018

Time: 8.30am - 3.15pm

Venue: Varndean School, Balfour Road, Brighton, BN1 6NP

Tickets: Free but booking essential via JPDD Eventbrite page


The day will present a range of practical workshops, opportunities to network and the space to share ideas and practice with colleagues from Brighton & Hove, across music and arts subjects. This is a free event for local authority schools, academies, Our Future City and SoundCity partners, as well as anyone working in music/cultural education in Brighton and Hove.

The day will include a networking and Teach Meet session, with opportunities to discuss current issues in arts education. Workshops and afternoon sessions will be spent in subject-specific activities and cross-curricular workshops led by Our Future City, SoundCity partners and guest speakers. 


Overview for the day:

8.30 - 9.30 - Arrival/Registration/Networking and welcome from Our Future City

9.30 - 10.45 - Teach Meet with a focus on the performance of disadvantaged children and young people focusing on the following key points:

  • What does the data show?
  • Advice and suggestions from practitioners for engaging and improving performance of children and young people 
  • Opportunities for sharing and discussing excellent practice 

11.15 - 15.15 - Subject specific activities and cross-circular workshops

15.30 - 17.00 - Twilight workshop option 


WORKSHOPS to choose from INCLUDE:


Trauma and the Arts  - Darren Abrahams (multi-arts focus)


Challenging behaviour is often an expression of trauma. Darren will be explaining what trauma is and showing how the arts can be used to help people feel safe enough to be able to participate in learning. 


Artsmark and Arts Award One to One Advice and Support – Jane Dickson, Artswork

Personalised sessions for you to find out more about Artsmark and Arts Award or get one-to-one support and advice on your Artsmark application or Arts Award programme, whatever stage you are at. Schools in Brighton & Hove have an incredible reputation for creativity and as many schools in the city are discovering, the Artsmark award is a great opportunity to demonstrate and recognise this in your setting. 

Awarded by Arts Council England, Artsmark helps schools to deliver a high quality arts and cultural education.  Artsmark has been designed by schools, for schools, to align with School Improvement Plans and support core EBACC and STEM priorities, giving the curriculum breadth and balance.  Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form.


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Musical Progression Routes - Awards for Young Musicians

This workshop will give you an opportunity to reflect on musical and creative journeys in your own life and that of others in order to think creatively about your own teaching practice. The workshop will reflect upon the wide range of possible routes into and through the music profession.

This is a pilot workshop which, when developed, will form part of a longer CPD training event delivered by Awards for Young Musicians who will be keen to hear your feedback at the end.

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STOMP-style Body Percussion - Beat Goes On

This high-energy, creative session will explore the use of the body as a percussive instrument. Participants will try a range of fun and accessible rhythm games that will lead into group composition ideas. 

Participants of this session will be offered 10% off a Beat Goes On 'Taster Day' for their school!


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New City Wide Drama Initiative – Naomi Alexander, Brighton People's Theatre (drama focus)

Do you want to shake things up for drama in the city? Do you want to raise the profile of drama and create new opportunities for students?

In this workshop you will:

  • Briefly explore the key challenges facing drama teachers and their students in the context of the current educational landscape
  • Look at what new city wide initiatives could enable the craft of theatre by/for/with children and young people to thrive 

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VIP Studio Sessions – Max Wheeler, Charanga

A talk from Max Wheeler about Engaging Secondary students by using new Music Technology (VIP Studio Sessions) at the hub-wide level. A discussion of how this technology can help with the transition into KS3 and also help to prepare young people for the journey through secondary school, ultimately helping with the uptake of and delivery of GCSE music.

Max will give an overview of the technology, some case studies as well as some practical opportunities to make music on the day. The main focus of the talk will lay on the opportunities this new cloud based approach brings for inclusion and engagement and the lessons we have learnt from consultation with Teachers, Music Education Hubs, Students and Exam Boards in terms of what they are all looking for from technology in a music lesson.


Charanga Musical School - a fresh approach to the primary curriculumMadeleine Casson, Charanga

This session will focus on the Scheme from the award winning Musical School programme. We will see how the National Curriculum for Music can be brought to life through the use of modern repertoire and integrated activities of singing, playing, creating and listening, and, how the childrens' learning develops through the primary years. The session will end with a brief overview of the vast library of resources contained within the Freestyle section and the recently added Charanga Sing. 


Routes to Creative and Cultural Industries - Donna Close (multi-arts focus) 

This talk will provide a snapshot of the creative sector in the city and consider how thinking about Designing Your Own Festival night be a useful tool for young people to identify their passion and purpose and plan their career paths.

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Into the Cloud: how to set meaningful, lesson extension, practical music-based homework for all students - James Cocks, Varndean School

The Cloud has allowed James to set meaningful, lesson extension, practical music-based homework for all students for the first time in his career. Being entirely cloud-based means James's students can 'play' with the exact same program they use at school wherever they are: standards are rising fast!

The Online Classroom means James can have up-to-date data from every student. Because this integrates so well into SIMS (and other school data systems) his admin time for progress monitoring and reporting has been cut in half. The cloud-based software has made transition onto the new GCSE syllabus incredibly easy, allowing him to further support his students.

In this session we will look at how cloud based classrooms has enhanced learning for students and improved outcomes, leaving you with examples and solutions to try in your own classroom/department.

Introducing the ISM Primary Music ToolKit - Dr Alison Daubney


The ISM Trust, supported by the Schools Music Association (SMA), has commissioned this toolkit to help primary school teachers better understand what music teaching is and how it can be utilised even more to bring the primary curriculum to life.

The toolkit is overwhelmingly practical and many of the ideas embedded will help primary teachers to spread the magic of music through their inspiring curriculum and to permeate the cultural fabric of their schools. This workshop will explore the contents and ideas underpinning the toolkit.  

The toolkit comes in six parts and includes sections on:

  • What is primary music
  • Singing and vocal work
  • Using musical instruments in the classroom
  • Composing, improvising and doodling
  • Using technology in primary music education
  • Music across the creative curriculum

Taking the Anxiety out of Performance - Gregory Daubney MSc MBPsS and Dr Alison Daubney City (multi-arts focus)

In this workshop you will explore the most common symptoms and causes of performance anxiety before learning and trying effective practical strategies you can develop in your students to help them handle this impactful condition and get the most out of their learning and performances.

This workshop offers a practical introduction to the 52-page book "Performance Anxiety: A practical guide for music teachers" which is available to download free from the ISM Trust here.

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Creative drumming and percussion for unity, wellness and motivation - Drum United

As a participant in Drum United's session you will play hand-drums, boomwhackers or stick-drums. Drum United will assist you to improve your musical leadership qualities. Their workshops are uplifting, social and fun and everyone is encouraged you to get involved.


OCR GCSE Music Coursework Moderation: Cat Lane, Cardinal Newman Catholic School

We will use this session to mark together examples of performing and composition work for the new OCR GCSE in Music. Please bring with you examples of GCSE performances and compositions for marking.


#BeWell – Creative Arts and the Impact on Wellbeing - Emma Collins, Our Future City (multi-arts focus)

Our Future City partners have developed a new collaborative way of working, to bring the best of creative and education practice to bear on new approaches to improving wellbeing. To date, nearly 400 children and young people aged 2-16 from Brighton & Hove have taken part in the #BeWell programme. This workshop will outline the co-development approach we used to identify need and to design unique creative experiences that delivered both creative skills development and wellbeing outcomes for children. We will share case studies and resources from participating schools and outline how more schools can take part in #BeWell.

Conversation Point: Using Photography in the Classroom - Annis Joslin/Photoworks (multi-arts focus)

Suitable for primary/secondary teachers from a range of subject areas, this cross-curricular workshop focuses on photography as a stimulus for discussion and tools for taking discussion into photography activities. Participants will engage in a series of practical photography and creative writing tasks that help develop visual literacy and encourage discussion in response to imagery created by a wide variety of photographic artists.


Rockschool's Large Group Ukulele Teaching - Rock School

The workshop will dissect the Rockschool Ukulele syllabus and gain an in depth understanding of the structure and content. You will discuss various practical applications of the syllabus.

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Primary Music - Warm Up Activities & Composition - Anna Rusbatch, Downs Junior School

Anna will be sharing her experience of facilitating song-writing in a junior school setting. There will be a particular focus on the purpose of song writing, and the creation of song performance opportunities. Anna will also be demonstrating examples of warm up activities and songs that can be applied to a variety of school settings, and across the primary music curriculum.

Dream and Build: Engaging young people with creativity to build confidence and learning - Same Sky (visual art focus)

Engaging young people particularly less engaged, less academic students with creativity as a way of building confidence and learning: Making building designs using willow and tape in small teams from scaled maquettes seeing how to scale something up doing maths and design technology at the same time. Being proud of what we've created and seeing others create with Same Sky.

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Find Your Voice - SoundCity, the music education hub for Brighton & Hove

This session will be a round-table discussion chaired by SoundCity and partners including Audio Active, Brighton & Hove Music & Arts, Glyndebourne and The Starr Trust, focusing on how we achieve our aspiration to create a truly vocal city for all children and young people in Brighton & Hove. Themes explored through the discussion will include how can engaging in vocal activity impact on wellbeing/personal development and how we can collectively support young people and music leaders to ‘find their voice’?


Brighton & Hove Music & Arts Instrumental Staff Workshop (BHMA teachers only)

Woodwind and Brass Teachers

Update the current curriculum to be more inclusive and to offer a wider range of music for pupils to play and to help support retention. Colleagues are invited to bring suggestions of material they have been using. There will also be an opportunity to update Assessment pieces to be linked to MC ensemble standards.


Teaching Young String Players in the Early stages of Learning including an introduction to the Colourstring method. The session will support existing teaching approaches and integrate new ones for the String Team in order to establish a clear and consistent approach across the team.

Guitar/Keyboard/Drum Kit and Vocal - Introduction to Rock Schools New Contemporary Instrument Syllabus - Rock School

Demystifying the Rockschool Exam. This session intends to bring teachers closer to the learners’ exam experience. By having a thorough understanding of the activities, the structure and the grades, teachers will be able to prepare their pupils more effectively. This raises motivation, success rates and progression. The most exciting development in the world of RSL is the world’s first Music Production syllabus. It is highly popular and fuses a plethora of soft and hard music and personal skills. An innovative online exam system assists an efficient and structured path for learners to succeed, grow and progress.

Twilight session from 3.30pm-5.00pm

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Is Music in the curriculum facing extinction? Mapping music education provision in English Secondary schools 2012-2016/17 - Dr Alison Daubney and Duncan Mackrill, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Sussex

This presentation considers the reality of this situation in relation to musical learning in English secondary schools. It explores the findings of a recent study in secondary music education. Based on over 700 questionnaire responses from secondary schools in England, it considers a longitudinal view of music education across the period 2012-2016/17. Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative data, factors impacting children’s music education within and beyond the classroom are considered. 

Following the presentation, a panel - chaired by William Deighan (head teacher at Varndean School) and representing a cross section of interests and views from different stakeholders - will discuss the implications for the future.



If you have already registered

For those of you who have already registered to the day, rather than re-registering you can simply log back into your Eventbrite account and 'edit' your registration to JPDD to make your workshop choices. If you have any queries concerning this please contact Abi via abi.sharp@brightondome.org.


Please note there is no parking for delegates on site.  There is on street pay parking, but we recommend using public transport.  Bus routes 24, 26 and 46 will bring you from Churchill Square in the city centre to Varndean School. The main entrance to the school is on Balfour Road (just off Ditchling Road).

Disabled Access

The main driveway leading to reception (Balfour Road entrance) has a number of level access entry points as well as ramped entry points into the buildings. There is a Stannah stair lift for main hall access. There are lifts between floors to all of the workshop spaces.


Tea and coffee are provided for delegates.  Lunch can be purchased from the school canteen with the following options, or delegates can bring a packed lunch.


  • Local mackerel fishcake with salsa verde, new potatoes, and a panache of green vegetables £1.80
  • Chicken, spinach and okra Balti, garlic and coriander naan, brown or white steamed rice £1.80
  • Pasta with ratatouille and basil sauce with rocket, avocado and olive salad £1.80
  • Warm raspberry, lemon curd and oat muffin £0.85
  • Fresh fruit pots £0.85



Jane Dickson, Artswork

Jane Dickson is Artswork’s Schools Liaison Manager in Brighton and Hove, Sussex and Surrey.  She works with arts, heritage and library organisations in the area.  Her role is very much about creating sustainable relationships between the sector and education in terms of both enriching a cross-curricular cultural offer in schools and skills development for both teachers and pupils.  Jane has worked in various roles in the film, television and cultural sectors.  She is an experienced developer and producer of innovative educational multimedia projects and resources, with particular reference to the moving image. Artswork is part of a national network of Arts Council England-funded Bridge organisations and is a major partner in Our Future City.  Artswork enables children and young people through arts and culture to find their voice, become skilled leaders and achieve their aspirations.  Building strategic alliances, Artswork specialises in advocating for change and delivering positive outcomes for children and young people.

Awards for Young Musicians

Young people are at the heart of everything we do. AYM helps exceptional young people who need financial and other forms of support to progress their musical talent. Giving talent a chance: we remove financial and access barriers that prevent young people from achieving their ambitions to excel in making music. We inspire them to succeed.

Ollie Tumner, Beat Goes On

Ollie Tunmer is the director of Beat Goes On. He is a former cast member of STOMP and a qualified teacher.  These experiences are combined to produce workshops that are (hopefully!), fun, challenging and will leave all participants with ideas to take away and implement immediately.

Brighton People's Theatre

Brighton People’s Theatre (BPT) is a brand new social enterprise. We work in partnership with the Brighton Dome and Festival and community partners to create original shows and co-produce Your Place during the Festival.We currently have research and development funding from the Arts Council to explore what our strategic offer of work could be for children and young people in the city. This has evolved from Starboard Festival, a 2 week festival of theatre by/for/with children and young people at the BOAT in July 2016. For more information about this initiative and other opportunities to get involved visit: https://brightonpeoplestheatre.org/work-with-young-people/


Charanga works in close partnership with over 100 Music Services and Hubs in England, and with schools and teaching organisations internationally, providing digial resources to support all aspects of music teaching.

Max Wheeler, Charanga

Max is a musician/producer, consultant, author and youth music tutor, specialising in Hip Hop & electronic music, live performance, remixes and peer-to-peer education projects. He has worked with Charanga to create VIP Studio Sessions – a groundbreaking new way to teach at KS3 &KS4 – Finalist for Best Digital Technological Resource at the 2018 Music Teacher Awards.

He also recently composed Grown: A Grime Opera, alongside Grime artist Eyez and Essex Music Education hub, Finalist for Best Musical Initiative at the 2018 Music Teacher Awards

He has conducted thousands of workshops across the country teaching Rap, beatmaking, songwriting and production to everyone from inmates and young offenders to social workers and in primary schools, special needs projects and community groups. His work on lyric writing with young people has been highlighted in a peer-reviewed journal by academic Luke Dickens.

As a recording artist on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label Max is one half of duo Anushka with over 5 million plays online, an album and world tour in 2014/15 and Radio 1 plaudits from Annie Mac, Skream and others.

Donna Close

Donna Close is a cultural strategist and creative producer who has worked across the private, public and voluntary sector over the last 20+ years including building award winning festivals and advising on Festival strategy internationally.

James Cocks

James is Director of music and Associate Assistant Headteacher at Varndean School. Having worked on raising standards in a number of secondary schools raising the profile of music and results. He is currently a Specialist Leader of Education for Music at Pavilion & Downs Teaching Alliance and has worked with a number of schools to improve outcomes for students across the south coast. 

Emma Collins

In her role as Learning & Partnerships Manager for Brighton & Hove Music & Arts, Emma works with partners from the creative, cultural, education and health sectors to facilitate new opportunities in music for children and young people, with a particular focus on increasing engagement and supporting progression for those in challenging circumstances and/or with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities. Emma also leads the Our Future City #BeWell programme, co-developing and facilitating creative, cultural experiences that are designed to enhance wellbeing.

Dr Alison Daubney

Dr Alison Daubney is an international music educator and researcher and a member of the Sound City board.  She is a part-time Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Sussex. Her book Teaching Primary Music was released in 2017.

Gregory Daubney

Gregory Daubney is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist working across performance domains. Collaboratively they have authored two popular publications on performance anxiety commissioned by the ISM Trust, Performance anxiety: A practical guide for music teachers and Play: The psychology of optimal music performance. 

Drum United

Drum United is a Social Enterprise based in Brighton and London, working in the private, public and third sectors.  Our events are uplifting, therapeutic and unifying and benefit people of all abilities.  We use hand-drums, drum sticks, boomwhackers, body percussion, loop-pedals, movement, dance and tuned percussion.We’ve been funded by Youth Music to release tutorial resources for schools and we’re leading staff development days for Early Years, SEND, Primary and Secondary staff.  We encourage you to get involved, attend our sessions and use our resources.Visit www.drumunited.org to see us in action, and contact us with any booking enquiries.

Cat Lane

Cat Lane is Director of Music at Cardinal Newman Catholic School. We have switched from following the Edexcel syllabus to following the OCR syllabus for the first examination in 2018.

Duncan Mackrill, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Sussex

Duncan Macrill is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Secondary Initial Teacher Education Music Curriculum Tutor. He led the Secondary PGCE at Sussex from 2008-2012 and has been Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Social Work. Prior to entering higher education, he had many years of secondary school teaching experience. His research interests include music education, the use of technology in education, transition and Continuing Professional Development. Duncan was a member of the Department for Education National Curriculum Expert Subject Advisory Group for Music and sits on the Pedagogy Advisory Group for Family, Kids and Youth. In 2005 he was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship.


Photoworks is the UK’s leading development agency dedicated to photography. We connect outstanding artists with diverse audiences to champion talent and ambition. Our internationally recognised programme includes commissions, exhibitions, publishing, learning and large-scale public events such as the Brighton Photo Biennial. Annis Joslin is an artist and filmmaker. People are at the heart of all her work, with many projects collaborative or documentary based. Central to her approach is creating encounters and making connections with communities through conversation and creative interventions.

Anna Rusbatch

Anna has been a primary music specialist for 11 years. She has been teaching music at Downs Junior School in Brighton for 6 years. Anna has taught internationally, in Kenya, and has co-written a number of youth stage musicals. Anna's recommended foundation for all music lessons and rehearsals is a healthy dose of fun!

Sam Vasanth, Rock School

Samuel Vasanth is a music producer, pianist, teacher and entrepreneur. He runs various businesses, including an artist management company, housing management company, educational provision and studio engineering services. In his spare time, he leads the music team at his local church. Samuel has been delivering RSL vocational qualifications for over 6 years. His keen interest lies in combing the music industry with education. He has teamed up with Native Instruments, Focusrite and other music brands to bridge the gap between these two worlds. Formerly, Samuel was the Business Development Manager at RSL and now works as music education consultant to utilize his passion, experience and expertise to expand the reach of RSL platforms and to develop the quality of music services.

Same Sky

Same Sky is very familiar in Brighton as the deliverer of the annual Children's Parade and Burning the Clocks. However the companys day to day offer is much more varied with workshops with all ages seeking to engage, empower and energise individuals and communities in celebrating their own unique creative expression as part of a larger shared whole.


To reserve a place, please click here to register your interest.

We look forward to seeing you there!