LCME Music Education Fair: Seminars & Workshops

When do we stop teaching and start learning?

Keynote Speech by David Henson

David is Head of Subject for Performance, Composition and Performing Arts at London College of Music. With many years of experience as a lecturer, examiner, theatre director, author and presenter this session promises to challenge your thoughts about the whole teaching experience. In particular, this seminar will consider the conflict between direct instruction and the value of dialogue within the learning environment, as well as the notion that we teach what we know and the way we were taught.

Acoustic Guitar Performance & Workshop

Presented by Gordon Giltrap

As a patron and longstanding supporter of RGT, Gordon is known to many of us. His immense talent as a performer and composer ensures that this session will be inspirational, informative and entertaining. Not to be missed.

Making Music Accessible for All: Music & Dyslexia

Presented by Karen Marshall

How do Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties affect Music learning?  With 1 in 10 in the population dyslexic this is an important question.  This workshop explains what the problems are and also suggests practical solutions for the difficulties within instrumental teaching with a focus on multi-sensory, systematic and re-enforced music teaching. Specialising in multi-sensory music teaching, Karen is a training associate for the British Dyslexia Association’s and trains teachers country-wide on the topic running their annual Music and Dyslexia qualification course.

Stave House: Music That Grows Up With You

Presented by Vanessa Welch

“Let me tell you a musical story, here is a house with four rooms……”. And so begins the wonderful imaginary journey into the world of Stave House where children will be equipped with music skills for life, able to read write and play music.  Stave House lays a musical foundation that is taught via a ‘see, hear, do ‘interactive approach to learning.  The method encourages storytelling, role play, singing games and rhymes teaching creativity, inspiring curiosity and offering the child the freedom to explore academic musical concepts to a very high standard. As well as outlining this innovative teaching approach, Vanessa will also explain how you can train to  become a teacher of the Stave House  method.

The New LCM Popular Music Vocals Syllabus

Presented by Emer McParland

This session will be an overview and demonstration of the new LCM Pop Vocals Syllabus, a revised and exciting syllabus, aimed at equipping pop vocalists with the varied tools they need to be a confident and natural performer and musician. Emer is co-author of the syllabus and brings a vast amount of experience with her to this project and this seminar. Among much else in her career, Emer has worked with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the BBC Big Band, Peter Gabriel, Bjork, Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow, Dame Shirley Bassey and many more.

Creative Guitar

Presented by Chris Woods

Chris’s session will focus on how to nurture creativity amongst your students. A hugely talented acoustic guitarist, Chris will explore ways to re-invigorate your teaching and encourage originality in playing any instrument and will also demonstrate elements of his Hal Leonard book on percussive acoustic guitar playing. An experienced guitarist, composer and educator Chris has worked with Level 42 drummer Phil Gould and Shaznay Lewis of All Saints. He has also formed pop-up guitar orchestras across the country in his recent UK tour.

Rhythm First, Notes Second

Presented by Aidan Geary

An insight to teaching rhythm and pulse to pupils in the early stages of learning any musical instrument and its application within graded exams. Time will be included to share ideas and best practice across the group. Aidan has been teaching percussion for over 20 years and currently holds the post of ‘Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion at the Loughborough Endowed Schools in Leicestershire. An LCM examiner for 15 years, Aidan has led the growth in flexibility of the LCM percussion examinations, including the writing of the ‘Step’ syllabus and development of the new Drum Kit diploma exams.

Online Teaching: The Challenge of Delivering Engaging Content

Presented by Peter Stone and Susan Hickey, Founders of GoCreate Academy

This session will include a real-life case example of teaching vocal training online, as well as an exploration of best practices and the role of the online tutor. We also highlight the challenges of creating engaging content and how to identify potential traps and footfalls. This seminar will also explore how technology is going to make the process much more immersive in the future though the use of immersive technologies such as 360° Video, Virtual and augmented reality and how they will impact online teaching practice. Peter is an award winning creative producer and experienced composer and performer having played with Madonna, Kenny Rogers, Simply Red and many more. Susan is an award winning media presenter and producer and a popular voice-over artists for numerous adverts and radio stations.


Parents, Practice and Patience

Presented by David Millar

David is a highly experienced guitar tutor and RGT examiner, and a regular contributor to the RGT’s Guitar Tutor magazine. This session will provide advice for instrumental tutors on dealing with parents, motivating students to practice and how maintaining a sensible work-life balance is essential to ensuring a successful and enjoyable career. There will be an opportunity to discuss and share experiences with other tutors, and take away some ideas and inspiration to apply to your own teaching methods.​


Teaching Composition: Step-by-Step

Presented by Al Summers

Creative ideas for teachers of all instruments on how to teach composition, with a focus on more contemporary styles of music.  The ideas discussed here will also help to develop ear training and appreciation of theory. Respected and highly experienced music educator, Al Summers is the author and co-author of books on music theory and tuition including the Creative Music Manual. Al was awarded a Finzi Trust scholarship to study the creative tonal teaching methods of Schoenberg. A prolific writer and reviewer (contributing to various music magazines and journals), Al also produces a regular column in Music Teacher magazine.

Practical Improvisation: The Nuts & Bolts

Presented by Al Summers & Guy Rogers

This session provides a wealth of improvisation ideas for teachers of all instruments, including teaching tips for getting started, building on basic ideas and developing creativity. Guy Rogers has been a professional musician and teacher for over twenty years and has built up a successful teaching practise in the West Country as well as a performing career encompassing many genres. Guy performs regularly throughout the UK and is also a highly experienced examiner for RGT.


Why bother with Theory: The relevance of teaching music theory to popular performance musicians

Presented by Liz Pipe

Liz Pipe is both an examiner and lecturer for London College of Music, where she teaches on the Popular Music Performance and Music Management Courses. In this session Liz will discuss the benefits of ensuring that popular musicians have a good understanding of relevant theoretical skills, how these skills may differ from classical music studies and the musical and educational benefits of ensuring that students are well versed in theory. With her extensive background in performance, business and education Liz will also include plenty of practical tips and advice on how to incorporate theory teaching and make it fun.


Ukulele: A Gateway to a Musical Life

Presented by Matt Stead

Matt is a professional ukulele performer and ukulele teacher. In this hands on workshop he’ll show you how you can transfer your music teaching skills to this small but flexible instrument. Matt will demonstrate how the ukulele can be used to learn the basic musical elements of rhythm, melody and harmony as we;; as how to progress to more advanced techniques.  Matt has released two critically acclaimed albums and has played many respected festivals including The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, the Ukulele Festival of Scotland, and the award winning Grand Northern Ukulele Festival. Matt has been a musician for many years and his music has gathered much airtime play including BBC Radio One.


Legal Essentials & Setting of Tuition Fees

Presented by The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

These two separate sessions will cover much that is relevant to us all as instrumental teachers. The Legal Essentials session covers the basics of contracts, unpaid fees, tax and much more. The Tuition Fees session is a presentation and discussion around the results of the ISM’s most recent fees survey.


Open Q&A Session

Hosted by Philip Aldred, Chief Examiner, LCME

This is your opportunity to put any questions you may have to Philip relating to any LCME or RGT exam.

Workshops on LCME and RGT graded exams, performance and teaching diplomas will also be running throughout the day.


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