Over 100 instrumental teachers came together for a packed day of training on Tuesday 10th February at Manygates Music Centre in Wakefield. The event, which included teachers from Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale Music Services, aimed to share the excellent practice that goes on across West Yorkshire.
The day included workshops on Composing In The Classroom, BBC 10 Pieces, Body Percussion, Singing & Signing, Whole Class Ukulele and The Changing Musical Needs of The Young Person. Sessions were run by staff from the hubs and also by guest presenters Gail Dudson (Yorkshire Youth & Music) and Sam Dunkley (SD Music). The event concluded with a terrific massed performance of Zadok The Priest by Handel, directed by Thom Meredith (Principal of Kirklees Music School) and put together in under 20 minutes.
Phil Needham (Principal of WMEH) added that “Training days like these are always vital for colleagues to keep updated with the latest musical developments, to share ideas, reflect and formulate innovative practice for the future. We have an annual cycle of continuing professional development that ensures that our instrumental teachers are some of the best trained in the country. Recent developments to work alongside our neighbouring music hubs can only be a good thing and is leading to some exciting initiatives over the next few years!”