Joint Practice Development Day 2017



#BeCreative: Creative outcomes for young people & you – an Our Future City framework for support & advocacy


This facilitated workshop focuses on the recently created OFC Framework for Creative Outcomes for our young people, professionals and organisations.

Combining both presentational aspects and participatory learning, this workshop aims to achieve the following activities:

  • Introduction to (and rationale for) the OFC Creative Outcomes Framework

  • Workshopping how to use the framework with young people in schools and other contexts

  • Workshopping how to use the framework as an advocacy tool for creativity in schools, with leadership teams and in other contexts

  • Input into how OFC are using the framework to develop city-wide creativity programming


#BeSkilled: Engaging with the arts & cultural industry in the classroom



Brighton & Hove is a vibrant and dynamic creative city with the arts, culture and creative industry sectors driving the city's identity, economic growth, and wellbeing. They are an important and growing part of the local economy with the city recognised across the world as a creative and digital hub with a good quality of life created partly through the year round cultural offer.  Engagement with and participation in arts practice and creative experiences can help young people with the development of skills, competencies and qualities that can help them in their lives even if they don’t want to pursue a career in the cultural and creative industries. But the sector is notoriously difficult to get into - and one that is defined as much by who you know as what you know.  

Schools are critical thresholds into this world, particularly for those young people who do not come from backgrounds where these sectors are understood. But these sectors are also difficult for schools to access - the sector is characterised by small and micro businesses and networked freelancers who tend to be operate on short term planning cycles with fast turn arounds (commercial business), or conversely with fixed long term planning commitments (museums and galleries). They often want to ‘give back’ but don’t know how.  OFC want to help broker better more strategic relationships between schools and the sector - helping to identify the barriers and facilitate new ways around and through them. We want to start with schools - what you do already, what you need, and how we can help get you there.


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Inspiring high-quality music in the primary curriculum


Work is currently underway to redevelop and update aspects of the Brighton and Hove primary curriculum scheme 'Get Around Music'. In this session, Ally Daubney and local teachers involved in this project will be sharing practical ideas as well as facilitating a discussion about what would be useful to further improve primary music teaching across the city in the future.

Delegates will leave with a bank of practical ideas to try out in their classroom and will be signposted to useful resources for them to be able to develop an inspiring and musical curriculum offer in their own setting.


Inspiring young people through the arts and culture - Artsmark and Arts Award



Artsmark can unlock the potential of children and young people, develop character, talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding.  Designed by schools for schools, the new Artsmark award will help schools to deliver and embed a high quality arts and cultural education.

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible.  Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award. Hear about the benefits of these awards for your school, pupils and your own practice and how you can work with Artswork to embed them as part of school life through practical exercises with other schools.  The session is also an opportunity to ask specific questions about Artsmark and Arts Award in your setting, whether you are new to them and just want to know more or already working with the programmes.



Mix it up: How to ensure everyone is included


This session will include:

  • Musical games and percussion ideas for whole group engagement.
  • Encouraging improvisation, listening skills and group cohesion.
  • Non-verbal music leading


Sea songs and shanties in the Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 classroom


A practical workshop exploring traditional sea songs and shanties from the British Isles and their value in the Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 classroom. 

This workshop will introduce the English Folk Dance and Song Society Resource Bank, demonstrating how to access and make the most of the wealth of ideas, repertoire and teaching tools - with a focus on their numerous sea songs and shanty resource packs.  

Engaging and accessible songs will be taught by ear, aimed at developing vocal skills and confidence in young people of different ages and levels of experience. 

Workshop contents: 

  • Fun, vocal warm-ups
  • Practical singing of the songs in the pack
  • Background information on sea songs and shanties
  • Tips on ways of introducing and teaching the material to children
  • Creative ways of developing the songs
  • Simple accompaniment using body-percussion or classroom percussion

Further relevant downloadable resources are freely available on the EFDSS Resource Bank



Unlocking children’s musical imagination through group teaching



This workshop will explore group instrumental/vocal tuition and considers musical learning as a shared, lived experience that enables children to unlock and engage their musical imaginations.

 The starting point will be a group activity, which will be unpicked to introduce the themes of the session. This will lead to a discussion of the ways children learn through experience, and the concept of problem-based learning will be introduced. This will then be applied to instrumental/vocal teaching through exploration of the following themes:



Developing sound vocal leadership


A chance to explore aspects of vocal leadership with renowned vocal expert Mary King.  This practical session will include elements of vocal technique and sound practice to safeguard and develop young voices and the teacher’s voice.


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Music tech and boosting engagement in secondary settings – Where we are headed and how can we engage students? 


Max Wheeler will discuss developments in Music Technology and the new opportunities they offer to engage Secondary age students. 

Max will discuss groundbreaking projects he has been involved with such as AudioActive’s Electric Youth Ensemble using Ableton Live to combine live electronic performance and more traditional classical instruments, as well as VIP Studio Sessions from Charanga – a cloud based learning platform now used by 15,000 students in its first year in schools. 

Beatbox and beyond


Learn the basic elements of beatboxing and vocal percussion in this fun and practical session with easy-to-learn sounds forming simple rhythm patterns. We will become a Beatbox Choir and a vocal orchestra!

This is complimented by:

  • rhythm exercises that help us to feel, understand and ground the groove in physical ways
  • exercises for breathing and microphone technique will equip you with the essentials of vocal percussion
  • doing sound effects as a choir