Music & Performing Arts

Conference programme online for inaugural Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester!

Music & Drama Education Expo

Rhinegold Media & Events is delighted to announce the conference programme for the first Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester; the Northern region’s leading free CPD event for music & drama teachers.

 

Taking place on 4 October 2017 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel, the free show will offer a day of high-quality CPD, unrivalled networking opportunities and the chance to try out hundreds of products at our comprehensive exhibition.

 

Sarah Lambie, Head of Content (Drama) said:

Local Worcestershire school is the first to collaborate with Berlin based piano learning platform,

 Bringing technology to the forefront of traditional music teaching

As schools adapt to the necessary and imminent integration of technology in education, Bishop Perowne Church of England College in Worcestershire has become the first school in the UK to use an online piano learning platform to assist in the teaching and learning ofmusic students. 

In 2016 a partnership began between Berlin based start-up Skoove (www.skoove.com) and Bishop Perowne College, with the aim to fully incorporate Skoove as a classroom tool to aidmusic lessons throughout the school. 

Reason behind the project

Ivor Novello Award winner hits a high note bringing music to study

Studytracks, the revolutionary student study app and brain child of Ivor Novello award-winner George Hammond-Hagan, has been credited with one of the education sector’shighest accolades: an Education Resource Award.

Studytracks was named Start-up of the Year at the Education Resources Awards on Friday night; the awards honour the quality and diversity of products supporting learning in schools. 

Start Your Legacy with pBuzz

children playing musical instruments

Discover the joy of music in seconds, learn to play in minutes and enjoy for a lifetime.

More eye-catching than a recorder, lighter than a drum and easier to play than a xylophone - pBuzz makes for a magical, musical playtime.

pBuzz is brand new musical instrument from Warwick Music Group, the makers of the pBone and pTrumpet. Designed to encourage young children into brass playing, pBuzz is the perfect fun alternative to the recorder or other traditional first-time instruments. Easy to play, brightly coloured and lightweight for little hands, pBuzz provides the first step on any child’s musical journey. 

School plays

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PLAYSTAGE JUNIOR

We have been selling quality school plays to English speaking schools around the world for 15 years. Since Playstage Junior started in 2002, our plays have been performed by English-speaking primary schools and youth groups in 43 countries! And we are always reaching new markets! In 2016, for example, as well as attracting many, many customers from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, we sold plays to schools in Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, Tibet, The Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Guatemala, Malta, Gibraltar, Spain, India, China, Russia, Botswana, Nigeria and Hong Kong.

iF Design Award 2017 goes to Musicon!

A revolutionary musical instrument for children invented in Poland has won the most prestigious design award. iF Design Award 2017 goes to Musicon! 

- We are extremely happy to receive this award. What is incredible is that the award night is right after the launching our Kickstarter campaign. The campaign launch date is March 1st and it will help us to receive enough funding to begin production of Musicons – explains Kamil Laszuk, designer of Musicon.

Brass for Beginners

Brass for Beginners

Brass for Beginners, an American venture which introduces children to brass instruments through the use of natural trumpets, is to launch its products into the UK. Brass for Beginners is the first brass programme geared specifically for the primary school classroom. It is a ‘learn by ear’ method utilizing a cross-disciplinary curriculum and a natural trumpet designed for school-age children. 

The story-driven approach, tracing the development and significance of lip-blown instruments throughout human history, engages young learners and helps to place emphasis on musical outcomes while students develop the skills necessary for success in playing modern brass instruments. 

Soundtrap’s Offering in Google for Education’s “Creative Apps for Chromebooks” Expands to UK and Nordics

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Soundtrap, the online collaborative music and podcast recording studio, is expanding its participation in Google for Education's “Creative Apps for Chromebooks” program to include the UK and Nordics.  Soundtrap, from Sweden, which launched to the public in early 2015, rolled out an education version of its audio recording platform one year later, with a predominant focus on the US, Europe and Australia. Since then, more than 200 new schools each week embrace Soundtrap as a preferred educational tool in their classrooms. Moreover, Soundtrap has now more than one million users worldwide. 

New partnership announced to inspire young writers

roalddahl.gifTwo major organisations have joined forces to inspire the next generation of writers. 

YPO, the UK’s largest public sector buying organisation, is working with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate to create specialist lesson plans on each of the world-famous author’s best-known stories. 

The plan include Roald Dahl favourites such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, George’s Marvellous Medicine and Fantastic Mr Fox, to deliver engaging and creative lessons on writing and reading as well as introducing ideas around friendship, behaviour, identity and reward. 

BBC announces return of popular literary competition for children

rsz_bbc_500_words.jpgChildren across the UK are being called to tap into their imagination and put pen to paper as a celebrated writing competition is launched once again. 

The BBC has announced the opening date for its popular storytelling competition 500 words. 

Over the past seven years almost half a million children have taken part in the competition which is judged by an expert panel of top authors including Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce, in addition to last year’s honorary judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. 

Rossall students raise the roof at the Grand Theatre

Rossall students

Students from Rossall School had friends, teachers and parents tapping  their feet when they took to the stage of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre for their House Singing competition.

The annual event, which has become one of the highlights of the school year, sees teams of students from each of the Rossall’s eight houses compete to be named the school’s best performers.

Under the watchful eye of judges: vocal coach, Miss Gillian Littlefair and piano teacher, Mr Alistair Mackenzie ,  the students sang their way through a variety of popular songs, complete with dance routines and a few theatrical flourishes!

Synthetic surface specialists, Bradleys Surfacing Systems

Edenhurst school children & teachers

Synthetic surface specialists, Bradleys Surfacing Systems were recently commissioned by Edenhurst Preparatory School in Newcastle-under-Lyme to install a new multi-sport facility. 

The new AstroTurf has converted the school’s former tarmac tennis courts into a multi-use games area suitable for football, hockey, netball and tennis.

Former Stoke City FC footballer, Ricardo Fuller officially opened the new AstroTurf pitch during a special opening ceremony on October 14th in front of staff, pupils, parents and VIP guests. 

Acclaimed actor Vanessa Redgrave to appear with school orchestra

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Acclaimed actor Vanessa Redgrave will join young musicians at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester for a special performance linked to the centenary of the First World War.

Described as “the greatest living actress of our times”, in Voices of Remembrance Redgrave will read a selection of the most famous poems of WWI alongside music from Chetham’s Sinfonia – an orchestra made up of players aged just 9-15.

Chetham’s is the UK’s largest specialist music school, educating 300 of the country’s finest young musicians. The UK government Music and Dance Scheme funds all or part of tuition and boarding fees for 90% of students, ensuring that they are selected on the basis of musical potential only, and never on background or ability to pay.