Inspiring new training sessions for creative music teaching

2017 marks Sing Up’s 10th birthday. It will be 10 years since the National Singing Programme for primary schools was first announced, and since Sing Up was created to bring singing back into primary schools as a normal everyday occurrence. As part of our celebration of our 10th birthday we are doing some work to return to our roots, whilst also refreshing our work in a way that is appropriate for 2017. One aspect of this is a return to delivering high quality face-to-face training for music teachers and vocal leaders.

We will be running a new series of training events in February 2017 with a series of three sessions, taking place from 13-15 February 2017. The sessions will be packed with fresh themes and content, geared towards what we see as the main CPD needs for teachers in 2017, focusing on some new ideas not touched upon by our training in the past. One thing that remains a constant in our training though is the benefit of coming together with other teachers from across the sector and sharing ideas and gaining new ones. Networking with other teachers is always so beneficial. For ISM Members, the session on developing musicianship skills through singing in instrumental lessons might be particularly interesting and relevant. We know use of the voice to develop aural skills, internalising pitch and rhythm and absorbing core concepts of musicianship is a really effective approach which many instrumental teachers and secondary classroom teachers adopt already. We’ve been thinking about these aspects of singing a lot recently and are keen to share our ideas with you.

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. 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 is a special discount for ISM Members. Training options are available for EYFS, primary school, secondary school and instrumental teachers. Dates, timings and further details are below:

Monday 13 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 14 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 15 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

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