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Music Education Matters 2018

Friday 18th May 2018 | Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Music Education Matters: bringing people together to learn, share ideas, celebrate work and forge new partnerships.

This one-day conference includes talks, workshops, networking opportunities and interactive sessions with leading professionals in music education.

The event is open to all those interested in music education including: Primary & Secondary Music Teachers / Arts Organisations / Community Musicians / Local Authorities / Composers / Researchers / Instrumental Instructors / Collaborators / ASN Teachers

Find out more by watching highlights from Music Education Matters 2016

Tickets can be purchased from our Eventbrite page.
Full Price - £45
Concession - £25 
Early Bird (available until 30th March) - £35 

For further information on the event or to discuss group bookings, please contact info@enterprisemusicscotland.com

Stands available to hire for organisations working in music eduction. For further details, please see the information in the right side bar. 

Supported by YMI Strengthening Youth Music Fund ymi_logo_rgb.jpg


Opening Address: AI, UBI, and LVB* - Joseph Swensen

*Artificial Intelligence, Universal Basic Income, and Ludwig van Beethoven

Joseph Swensen, Artistic Director of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, will explore the history of the professional musician and their relationship with technology and economics, and share his belief that a time will soon come when it will be economically viable for artistic pursuits - study, creation, and self-expression - to play a central role in the daily lives of every human being on earth; when participation in the arts isn't only considered a vital spiritual nutrient, essential for individual happiness and wellbeing, but also a a basic human right no longer reserved for the privileged or the talented. Swensen will outline how opening our minds to these exciting possibilities is necessary preparation for how this revolution will affect the role of music educators, who are essential to an arts-centric future. 

Music and Mindfulness - Lee Holland and Chloe Homewood-Allen

Lee Holland and Chloe Homewood-Allen will draw upon their experience to discuss mindfulness for musicians and the practice of mindfulness within music education. There will also be “drop- in” sessions available for anyone wishing to practice mindfulness techniques for themselves. Find out more.

Educational Psychology - Kristian Steenstrup

Professor Kristian Steenstrup from Denmark will be talking about his discoveries of Educational Psychology and Neuroscience that bear on learning, practicing and the mental aspects of performance. Find out more.

Music, Gender & Social Change - Cecilia Björck

Cecilia Björck, Senior Lecturer from the University of Gothenburg who works in the department of Education, Communication and Learning will be talking about her research which has been focused on understanding the relation to young people’s engagement with popular culture, especially concerning aspects of gender, equality and normalization. Find out more.

Feversham Primary Academy - Naveed Idrees and Jimmy Rotheram

Feversham Primary Academy Head Teacher Naveed Idrees and Music Co-ordinator Jimmy Rotherham will share their journey in guiding the school from special measures to the top 10% of schools in England by championing the arts in education and embedding music and art into every part of the school day. Find out more.


Music educator and principal tuba of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, Ewan Easton will be discussing his pioneering work with the award-winning project Hallé4Brass. Established in 2004, Hallé4Brass works with Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institute offering prisoners the opportunity to learn, read and play music through brass instrumental lessons and for many of the participants involved, a turning point in their journey towards rehabilitation. Find out more.

Body Percussion - Owen Gunnell, Children's Classic Concerts

Percussionist Owen Gunnell is one half of O Duo who are artistic directors/performers/presenters for Children's Classic Concerts in Scotland, through which they have delivered inspirational performances to over 25,000 children. Owen will lead attendees in a body percussion session providing practical training for everybody to get involved in! Find out more.

Godchildren, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - with Annika Kukkonen

Annika Kukkonen, producer of Education will introduce the Godchild Project of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra which aims to offer families a shared experience and awaken a love of music. Find out more.

Overcoming Challenge with Creativity - Dr Oliver Searle and Peter Sparkes

Dr OIiver Searle and Peter Sparkes will discuss their project 'Technophonia' which was commissioned by Drake Music Scotland  to highlight the musical talents of young people with disabilities using inclusive music technology. Find out more.

Closing Address - Joan Parr

Joan Parr, Head of Creative Learning at Creative Scotland, will be delivering the Closing Address.