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Press Release: First Access Forum

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Music Education Solutions Ltd announces ‘First Access Forum’.

Following the success of their recent Singing Strategy Symposium, Music Education Solutions Ltd will be hosting a First Access Forum event for First Access leaders and instrumental teachers from music education hubs. This will take place in Birmingham on Tuesday 30th June 2015.

The event will draw on the MES team’s extensive experience of supporting and developing First Access programmes, and in particular on the expertise of four former members of the leadership team of the KS2 Music CPD Programme (the government’s national CPD programme for teachers involved in Wider Opportunities, which ran from 2007-2011). The event will comprise of a mixed programme of debates, seminars and workshops, designed to inspire hub leaders and teachers in the development and delivery of their First Access and Small Group teaching programmes.

This will be no ordinary conference! All the sessions are designed to promote debate and action-planning. Rather than sitting passively and receiving information, delegates will work together to problem-solve and share ideas. There will be a strong peer-learning emphasis to the day, with Hubs given the opportunity to lead sessions on aspects of their own First Access and Small Group work, which could be sharing a particular project, demonstrating a resource, or any other topic or issue which other hubs would find useful.

Organisations from across the music education sector will be involved as session facilitators, with Charanga and Trinity College London already confirmed to lead sessions, alongside Elizabeth Stafford, Graeme Rudland and Jacki Pattenden of Music Education Solutions Ltd. Topics up for discussion during the day will include differentiation, progression, creativity, vocal work, notation, and embedding First Access programmes into the musical life of schools. There will also be a trade fair showcasing relevant musical organisations and publishing companies whose work and resources support First Access and Small Group teaching.

Places cost £75 per person, which includes lunch and refreshments and booking is now open via the MES website.

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