This weekend, I’ll be packing my boxes of books and heading down the M4 from the Music Sales HQ to attend the SMA Conference in Bristol. The conference is being held at the Hotel Amos and offers a great opportunity to speak with primary school teachers and early years practitioners as well as teachers with a secondary background.
The SMA differs from other events in that it’s primarily aimed at those teaching younger music learners, and it’ll be fascinating to find out what’s going on at those age levels.
In particular I’m hoping to speak to people about our You Can Teach Primary Music book. If you’ve read it do let me know what you think of it and whether there are other resources we can publish to support your teaching at Primary level. If you haven’t yet seen it do come to the stand and have a flick through!
As for conference sessions, there are some really fascinating discussions and workshops going on which I’ll definitely try to catch. The session linking DJ skills to literacy looks really interesting in particular, and there’s a workshop on how to adopt a whole-school approach to rhythm which also looks good.
There’ll be a Music Sales stand at the conference with a range of Rhinegold Education materials, including the new book: How to Create a Successful Music Ensemble - indespensible for those of you setting up a choir or instrumental group – along with the fabulous Teach and Play world music series. Check out the preview of the DVDs for this series on YouTube!
We’ll also have a range of Music Sales products to look through, including the great Golden Apple musicals for Primary schools. So if you are attending please pop to the stand and say hello – I’m looking forward to meeting everyone.