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Voices of the Future...are in Essex

Details of a new programme of professional development opportunities for teachers

By Hannah Griffiths (Former Learning and Participation Manager (Opera))

21 November 2011 at 4.59pm | Comment on this article

Teaching singing can be an exciting and inspiring way to engage students into the world of music. It's for this reason the Royal Opera House is embarking on a new programme that aims to put singing at the heart of schools' work.

Voices of the Future is a two year programme of professional development opportunities for teachers who are interested in gaining skills and confidence as singing leaders, to teach and inspire their teaching colleagues and pupils. This programme is specifically aimed at teachers across the Thurrock and the Thames Gateway, working in partnership with Essex County Council.

In consultation with Essex County Council, we’ve decided to work with teachers in Basildon, Billericay and Wickford in phase one of the project (March 2012 – July 13). We expect some participants to be music specialists and others to have a general knowledge with a passion for music and singing. We’re particularly interested in collaborating with teachers who work with the upper end of Primary (Years 5 and 6) and lower end of Secondary (Years 7 and 8).

At the heart of the programme, there are three INSET days per year, focusing on a broad range of topics, including:

  • Vocal health
  • promoting top-quality singing in school
  • selecting repertoire
  • conducting a group
  • how acting and movement can combine with ensemble singing.

And it's not only in depth INSET days that participants will have the opportunity to experience. We feel it is important for teachers to have an understanding of the drama and decision making that goes on backstage and will therefore participants will be invited on a tour of the Royal Opera House and the the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop in Thurrock. The programme will also include the chance to develop skills alongside a range of specialist vocal leaders and work towards personal goals and ambitions.

Apart from the cost of releasing teachers for the INSET days, participating in the programme is otherwise free!

To find out more or register your interest in being involved, please contact Stacey Kurtz, Education Officer:

Voices of the Future is part of the Royal Opera House’s large-scale programme of professional development for teachers in 2011-14, generously supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

By Hannah Griffiths (Former Learning and Participation Manager (Opera))

21 November 2011 at 4.59pm

This article has been categorised Music, Workshop and tagged Education, Music, singing, Thurrock

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