Listen Imagine Compose has many ways of sharing its findings to the wider teaching community and offers CPD opportunities for all those who wish to strengthen their approach to teaching composing.

 

Listen Imagine Compose Masters (Music)

Listen Imagine Compose offers a Masters qualification as part of its Continuing Professional Development programme for secondary music teachers. This is available as a part-time, two-year programme, and is accredited by Birmingham City University. From 2021/22, learners can gain a Masters in Educational Practice. There are 6 sessions in the year, all held on Sundays. In 2020/21 these have been held online and in previous years these have been in Birmingham (over the course of 4 days) enabling learners from anywhere in the UK to take part.

Find out more on the main course page. Expressions of interest for the next course starting in October 2021 can be submitted here.

 

CPD Events

 

2021 Listen Imagine Compose Monthly Online Teacher Sessions

This year, given the continued restrictions due to COVID-19, we have re-imagined the Teacher Sessions as a series of online sessions, with a wide range of themes like Music Technology,’ and Decolonising the Curriculum and Cultural Capital,’ alongside two sessions inspired by the recent launch of the bookCreative and Critical Projects in Classroom Music: Fifty Years of Sound and Silence.’

The sessions will run:

  • on last Tuesday of each month, starting on January 26th and running until July 13th
  • between 4 – 6 pm
  • all on Zoom

You can find more information and booking links below for the January and February sessions. More details will follow for the rest of the rest of the sessions.

 

Session 1: Critical and Creative Responses 1

Tuesday, January 26th, 4 – 6pm, running on Zoom

In our first session, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Paynter and Aston’s seminal book, Sound and Silence through our usual combination of presentations, reflections and practical ideas. The authors of the new publication Creative and Critical Projects in Classroom Music John Finney and Gary Spruce will introduce the book’s themes and explain why the work of John Paynter is still relevant today. We will also explore some of the book’s practical classroom projects with presentations from BCMG’s Nancy Evans and secondary music teacher Elizabeth Hastings.

You can register in advance for this meeting here >>

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

 

Session 2: Music Technology

Tuesday, February 23rd, 4 – 6pm, running on Zoom

In our next Listen Imagine Compose session, we’ll be focusing on music technology in composing with our usual combination of presentations, food for thought, practical ideas and time for everyone to discuss and share their own experience.
 
With presentations from secondary music teacher and Edexcel music technology examiner Nick Hughes, composer and researcher Kirsty Devaney and composer/educator Motje Wolf, we will be discussing how music technology can be harnessed to support creative composing, thoughts on different composing approaches and processes, and ideas for projects in the classroom and/or remote teaching. 

You can register in advance for this meeting here >>

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

 

Session 3: Progression in Composing What skills are needed and how to plan for it?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 4 – 6pm, running on Zoom

In this session, we will be joined by Ofsted’s National Lead for Music, Mark Phillips, who will lead an exploration of what progress in composing looks (and sounds) like and how to plan for students’ progress as composers.

As well as Mark’s presentation and Q&A session, we will hear from Head of Music Mark Aitchison, trainer and researcher Ally Daubney, and teacher and researcher Nikki Booth. And you can expect the usual combination of food for thought, practical tips and time for everyone to discuss and share experiences!

You can register in advance for this meeting here >>

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

 

Session 4: Including Everyone; Engagement in Composing

Tuesday, April 20th, 4 – 6pm, running on Zoom

In the spirit of this session’s theme, we will be joined by an exciting and wide-ranging musicians and music professionals to discuss engagement in composing.

You can register in advance for this meeting here >>

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

 

Session 5: Composing creatively: Setting Limitations and Helping Students Realise their Intentions

Tuesday, May 25th, 4 – 6pm, running on Zoom

In this session, we’ll be looking at creativity in composing. How can we support students to realise their creative intentions? Can setting limitations help the creative process?

Expect the usual mix of food for thought, some practical ideas for teaching composing and time for discussion.

More information to follow. In the meantime, you can register in advance for this meeting here >>

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

 

Session 6: Paynter and Aston’s ‘Sound and Silence’: Discussion and Response 

Wednesday, June 23rd, 4 – 5pm, running on Zoom

More information to follow. In the meantime, you can register in advance for this meeting here >>

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

 

Session 7: Decolonising the Curriculum and Cultural Capital 

Tuesday, July 13th, 4 – 6pm, running on Zoom

More information to follow. In the meantime, you can register in advance for this meeting here >>

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Listen Imagine Compose Away Day 2020

In 2020, given the situation with COVID-19, we re-imagined the Away Day as a series of 6 online sessions exploring the theme of ‘Supporting Young Composers in and beyond the Classroom.’

The sessions ran weekly starting on Thursday 4th June and can all be viewed here. Each session was recorded on Zoom and is listed there with the title Away Day 2020 Session 1 – 6.

 

Teacher Network Events

Listen Imagine Compose hosts informal Teacher Network events throughout the year, offering teachers a chance to explore recent research, share personal experiences and to discover practical solutions to teaching composing within secondary schools.

“I find that these sort of meetings remind me what it’s all about – why I love music in the first place!”

Joanna King, Head of Music, Queensbridge School 

“The course helps teachers develop techniques with classroom composing, unlocking the myth that only some people can compose”

Thomas Morgan, Head of Performing Arts, Holte School