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From: "Kent Band" <kentband_at_blueyonder_dot_co_dot_uk>
Date: 20 November 2006 15:27:15 GMT
Subject: State of Play music education conference

Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 January 2007
Roundhouse, London


Programme details developing for the State of Play conference to complete and
celebrate the current Music Manifesto season of activity 

Young people, teachers, musicians, music creators and producers, and anyone who
shares an interest in music creation as part of learning are to be both audience
and participants at the State of Play festival style conference at London's
legendary Roundhouse next January 16 & 17. 

The conference programme is shaping up rapidly with panel sessions and debates
involving an impressive list of contributors from the worlds of education, music
performance and production, broadcasting, journalism, child development and

Keynote speakers include Secretary of State for Education and Skills the Rt Hon
Alan Johnson MP,  and Sir Ken Robinson, one of the world's leading authorities
on creativity and education.

Panel sessions include The Transformative Power of Music, explored  by Woman of
the Year Camila Batmanghelidjh, Director of Kids Company; legendary South
African musician Hugh Masekela and young people from  Kinetika Bloco, the
largest standing youth Bateria in the country, with respected broadcaster Jon
Snow in the chair. Music and a Child's Development will be explored by Chief
Advisor on Children's Services to the Education Secretary Naomi Eisenstadt,
leading academic Professor Lord Robert Winston, composer and educator Howard
Goodall, under the chairmanship of journalist and Newsnight presenter Kirsty

Question Time on the Music Manifesto - Making Every Child's Music Matter - with
a panel including Birmingham Children's Services Director Tony Howell,
Parliamentary under-Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport David Lammy MP, and
Youth Music Chief Executive Christina Coker, with  journalist Krishnan
Guru-Murthy in the chair.  Making the connection between education and industry
will be EMI Group Chairman Eric Nicoli, Chairman, Creative and Cultural Skills
Tony Hall, Member of the House of Lords Estelle Morris and Minister for Creative
Industries Shaun Woodward.

Debates will include

the need for training and accreditation for all musicians
who work with young people, proposed by Tina Redford, Director of MusicLeader North West; 

Julian Lloyd-Webber's proposal that the foundations of music
education should be  built on Western classical music;

the belief that standards in vocal and instrument teaching are threatened by whole-class teaching,
proposed by Richard Morris, Chief Executive, Associated Board of the Royal
Schools of Music;

and the assertion by Jeremy Silver,  Avid Vice President and
MD that "music without technology is like flying without wings".

(discuss ?)
(although some of these are so contentious as to be deliberate, it looks like some pretty lively debate sessions.  1d x)

For those whose learning style is doing, there are plenty of opportunities to
participate in workshops - Musical Futures, the Music Manifesto Pathfinders and
Pete Moser of More Music in Morecambe are among those who will lead these.
Sessions led by  musicians include New Orleans trumpeter Abram Wilson
interviewing other prominent performers on their musical pathways with
contributions from leading cellist Matthew Barley, songwriter of the moment and
Mercury Award nominee Seth Lakeman and BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist Gwilym

Tickets for what promises to be a unique and exciting event for the country's
creative and dedicated workforce of 35,000 music leaders - teachers, community
musicians, early years workers, instrumental tutors, workshop leaders, skills
and training providers, coaches and mentors who develop the musical and social
talent of young people - are now on sale from the Roundhouse  or  0870 389 1846.

Speaking at the recent State of Play launch, Music Manifesto Champion Marc
Jaffrey hailed the rare prospect of a conference "which will truly do what it is
supposed to - inspire, inform, galvanise action and provide practical
opportunities to develop skills, by bringing together big thinkers and leaders
from the music sector and wider arts, entertainment and education world to stand
alongside decision makers, live wires and music educators". This special live
experience is being created by international live music producers Serious, which
has a strong track record in participative music education programmes.

For information and weekly updates visit where you can
also download the full brochure/registration form for the conference via
Forthcoming Events (direct short link 

To book tickets visit  (direct short link or call 0870 389 1846. 

Penny Allen      /      Anthony John Allen

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