Private music teachers should definitely consider attending this year’s Music Education Expo, held at The Barbican in London on 7-8th February. It’s the UK’s largest conference and exhibition for anyone involved in music education and is entirely free to attend, though you should register beforehand.
For independent music teachers, there is a huge amount on offer. For example, the ISM is presenting talks on your legal rights and how to price your tuition correctly, and the ABRSM’s chief examiner will be giving insights on how they assess musical performance. Moreover, the UK’s most popular online music store Musicroom.com will be offering a wide selection of their sheet music at discount prices.
For teachers involved in classroom and academic teaching, Rhinegold publishers are showcasing their new digital versions of GCSE, AS and A2 Study & Revision guides. And for teachers eager to get to grips with the latest delivery model for educational software in schools, a seminar on the advantages of cloud-based music software tools, such as those developed by MusicFirst, will definitely be of interest.
Finally, there are a number of interactive workshops – such as one on Japanese Taiko drumming – and even a celebrity appearance from the world’s most famous flautist, Sir James Galway.
With so much on offer, music teachers of all kinds are bound to go home inspired and well-informed.