#SUHotTopics

Expert advice and opinions on the hottest topics in music education

 

Each term we'll be addressing a different area of music education and bringing you expert opinion on how to teach it.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for the #SUHotTopics discussions.

Head over to the Hot Topics area of our site for our full articles.

#SUHotTopics: Focusing on vocal style

Join a Sing Up live Q&A with songwriter Emily Barden on 06 February 2018 at 8pm GMT to discuss developing great singing performances. This event is open to everyone, not just Sing Up Members, via our Facebook page.

Joining you on a live stream, we'll be discussing how to make your song performance spectacular through focus on the vocal style of the piece. In particular, we'll discuss how to achieve a great performance of Be the change, this year's Sing Up Day anthem which was written by Emily Barden. Find out how to teach a song starting with the basics then developing a distinct and powerful sound.

We're excited to be bringing you a more practical session this time around. Joining you on the night will be singers from the Sing Up team and you can sing along with them at home as Emily demonstrates teaching Be the change.

Join in the live chat on the day to ask for advice directly from Emily and our Sing Up experts.

Do you have questions for our experts?

Want advice on building harmonies? Do you have questions about how to select the right repertoire for your singers, or how to start teaching a song? Whatever your question on the topic, please submit your question to us here and we will do our best to answer them on 6 February.

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Previous #SUHotTopics events

#SUHotTopics: Focusing on vocal style

On 6 February 2018, songwriter Emily Barden joined the Sing Up team to discuss developing great singing performances through focus on the vocal style of the song. In particular, they discussed how to achieve a great performance of Be the change, this year's Sing Up Day anthem which was written by Emily Barden.

Find out how to teach a song starting with the basics then developing a distinct and powerful sound. We were excited to be bringing you a more practical session this time around. Sing along with members of the Sing Up team as Emily demonstrates teaching Be the change.

#SUHotTopics: How to develop musical learning across your school

In November 2017 we ran a  Live Q&A event on an important topic for anyone looking to improve the music in their primary school: how to improve musical learning for 4-11 year olds. Dr Ally Daubney - author of the Primary Music Toolkit and Performance anxiety: a practical guide for music teachers - and primary music teacher at Highfields Schools Catherine Andrews sat down with Sing Up's Head of Learning Shelly Ambury to talk about the different approaches to getting started with singing and musical development across a primary school.

#SUHotTopics: Benefits of singing on physical and mental health

In October 2017 we ran a Facebook Live Q&A with experts Phoene Cave and Daisy Fancourt to discuss the benefits of singing. Based on recent research conducted as part of Sing Up’s 10th birthday celebrations and the experiences of our experts, we discussed the benefits we’ve witnessed in singers of all ages as well as sharing ideas to help you reap those benefits in your own practice. Watch the full video below. Get the research here.

#SUHotTopics: Keeping singers engaged through their voice change

In March 2017 we ran a Facebook Live event giving the music teacher community an opportunity to discuss with experts a topic we see raised a lot. Professor Martin Ashley and music teacher Jane Werry sat down with our Head of Learning Shelly Ambury for an hour to talk about voice change. Watch the full discussion below.

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