Con­fer­ence del­e­gates get in­spired by power of mu­sic

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - News - By MARTIN SHAW [email protected]­ @Mart­inShawWRNS

SOME of the coun­try’s lead­ing mu­sic ed­u­ca­tors, teach­ers and mu­si­cians took part in the first-ever Power of Mu­sic con­fer­ence held in Hud­der­s­field this week.

Del­e­gates, many of whom were from Kirklees schools, ex­pe­ri­enced a day full of ac­tiv­i­ties de­liv­ered by some in­spir­ing lead­ers in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

The event was or­gan­ised by the Kirklees Mu­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Hub – led by Mu­sica Kirklees, the for­mer Kirklees Mu­sic School – with sup­port from the Uni­ver­sity of Hud­der­s­field where the con­fer­ence took place.

Guest speak­ers in­cluded Steve Pick­ett, ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor at The Hallé, Brid­get Whyte, CEO of Mu­sic Mark, He­len Turn­bull, di­rec­tor of arts spe­cial­ism at Nether­hall Learn­ing Cam­pus, Jayne Price, head of divi­sion, De­part­ment of Ini­tial Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion (schools) at the Uni­ver­sity of Hud­der­s­field, Kath Davies of Kirklees Coun­cil and Jimmy Fev­er­sham, teacher at Fev­er­sham Pri­mary School and Global Teacher of the Year fi­nal­ist.

Through­out the day there were op­por­tu­ni­ties to take part in work­shops rang­ing from Body Per­cus­sion to Well­be­ing through Mu­sic and DJing. Ex­hibitors and work­shop lead­ers rep­re­sented lo­cal and na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Sing Up, HOOT Cre­ative Arts, Beat Goes On, Trin­ity Col­lege Lon­don, RSL Rock School, Cha­ranga, Live Mu­sic Now, Uni­ver­sal Edi­tion, YYM and the Bri­tish Dyslexia As­so­ci­a­tion.

Thom Mered­ith, prin­ci­pal at Mu­sica Kirklees, said: “We are lucky to have so many pas­sion­ate ed­u­ca­tors in Kirklees. This con­fer­ence aimed to give our lo­cal mu­sic pro­fes­sion­als the in­spi­ra­tion to ex­pand upon the ex­cel­lent work they’re al­ready do­ing.

“We have all heard in the news re­cently about the power that mu­sic has to en­hance our lives. By shar­ing ex­per­tise and ideas we en­sure that peo­ple in Kirklees can look for­ward to a fu­ture full of in­no­va­tive and ex­cit­ing mu­sic-mak­ing.”

Thom Mered­ith, of Mu­sica Kirklees

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