Sing Up is running a new series of training events in February 2017. Renowned for high quality training with teachers and other music education professionals when the programme was government-funded, Sing Up is now returning to its roots with a series of three sessions, taking place from 13th – 15th February 2017. The sessions will be packed with fresh themes and content, focussing on ideas not previously touched upon by Sing Up training.
Shelly Ambury, Sing Up’s Head of Learning, tells us a bit more about the inspiration behind the sessions: “We’re often asked to run training because it’s such a valuable way to develop skills and knowledge and to meet and share ideas with colleagues from different schools or organisations. Since running the National Singing Programme we have developed a huge amount of new great songs and teaching ideas, and we want to share them.”
The sessions will reflect Sing Up’s unique ethos: “We aim to help teachers develop confidence, skills and knowledge so they can support their pupils in developing singing and music making skills themselves,” says Shelly. “We have great songs and ideas that just work with young people, instilling a love of music as well as core musical skills.”
You don't have to be a Sing Up Member to join the training events, and there are options available for primary school, secondary school and instrumental teachers. Dates, timings and further details are below:
Monday 13th February 2017, 10am – 3pm
Creative music making for EYFS and KS1 practitioners
Learn the Sing Up approach to engage your youngest pupils with this practical training session using songs, games, movement and music. These techniques will help you create engaging and imaginative music lessons whilst developing sound musical skills and knowledge in your pupils and encouraging child-initiated ideas. Alongside this, you’ll also gain understanding of how singing is a powerful tool to develop wider skills, knowledge and understanding impacting on the whole child.
Tuesday 14th February 2017, 10am – 3pm
Whole class singing and instrumental sessions for primary schools
This training from Sing Up and Drums for schools will show you how to create transformational whole-class singing and instrumental experiences by building percussion and instrumental tuition into singing sessions and singing into whole class instrumental sessions.
Wednesday 15th February 2017, 10am – 3pm
Developing musicianship through singing for instrumental teachers
Learn Sing Up’s approach to integrating singing into your instrumental lessons as a way into developing your pupils’ vocal confidence, musicianship and aural skills. Use these techniques to incorporate small amounts of high quality singing activity in your regular instrumental lessons to achieve maximum impact with your pupils. You’ll explore a range of techniques you can use with different age groups and abilities, covering skills and knowledge to support KS3 – KS5 and Grades 1 – 8.
The three events will take place at Bloomsbury House in London, and each cost £75, with a discount available for Sing Up Members. Places are limited, so book now to make sure you don’t miss out. For more information and to book your place, please visit www.singup.org/training
To arrange interviews/photos contact:
t. 020 7908 5149
1. Sing Up was government-funded as the National Singing Programme from 2007–2012. During that time 98% of English Primary Schools were registered users of Sing Up’s resources. When the funding came to an end in 2012, Sing Up took the brave step of becoming an independent company and has been entirely self-funded through earned income since then.
2. Sing Up has a rich history in training: between 2007 and 2012, over 56,000 people took part in Sing Up training and professional development activities – teachers, teaching assistants, head teachers, music specialists, parents and more. The aim to provide these groups with accessible training was part of the Sing Up Workforce Development programme, which was a key strand of Sing Up’s work between 2007 and 2012.