7th Music Education Conference – Tuesday 23 March 2021 – Online

Tue 23 February 2021

– please register your attendance by Thursday 18 March 2021 using the link below



Following the success of previous Music Education Conferences, the Bradford Music Education Hub is pleased to announce a full day conference taking place online on Tuesday 23 March 2021.

Who For?                                         All school staff and anyone who recognises the importance of delivering a high-quality music education (multiple delegates are welcome from each establishment)

When?                                               Tuesday 23 March 2021 – 9.00 am to 3.45 pm

Where?                                             Online

Includes                                             Workshops on Body Percussion, Sea Shanties, Musical Futures,  etc

Cost?                                                Free for Bradford & District Schools and Bradford Music Education Hub Partners

Keynote Speaker – Mark De-Lisser; renowned arranger, choral director and vocal coach. 

Mark has worked with some of today’s top vocal talent including Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Beverley Knight. He is the founder of Singology and has taught at many recognised institutions around the world. Mark actively leads award-winning ACM Gospel Choir, and has worked on numerous high-profile TV programmes, such as The Voice, The Masked Singer, BBC’s Our Dementia Choir, Got it Covered for Children in Need and most recently his own 5-part series for BBC1 Meet the Street at Christmas.

Driven to inspire and motivate everybody to succeed, Mark helps to increase confidence and self-awareness, whilst improving technique and delivery. Anybody who is fortunate to spend time with Mark is left feeling uplifted and invigorated.

Mark however is perhaps best known for his arrangement of Stand by Me, for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.

Full Workshop Information is as follows;

Beat Goes On
Exploring a wide range of fun and engaging activities using the body as a percussive instrument and developing skills that can be applied to other instruments and the voice. Lots of ideas to use in classrooms and online immediately (non-music trained teachers will be able to use the material too)

Singing and Signing
Get a new angle on singing and the benefits that signing can bring to your students. In this practical session you will find out how to get started, where to find resources, and strategies to aid signing.  Learn how to use signing to break down barriers, and further learning. Also particularly relevant to Covid – if we can’t sing, then we can sign!

Sea Shanties – English Folk Dance and Song Society
Sea Shanties in the Music Classroom – Sea shanties have been sung for centuries and are now taking TikTok by storm! Folk singers and educators Hazel Askew and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne will teach appealing shanties in this practical song workshop. They will share successful methods for teaching shanties to children and young people, reflect on the historical context, and explore resources you can use in the music classroom. www.efdss.org

Kitchen Samba
Turn your kitchen into a Brazilian Street Carnival using everyday objects to recreate exciting South American rhythms and patterns!

To take part in this session you will need:

  • a couple of different sized pans or tins
  • a couple of wooden spoons
  • a chopping board
  • a yoghurt pot
  • dried rice or pasta
  • sellotape

No musical experience is necessary just a sense of fun and enjoyment!

Air Djembe
Learn How to play the djembe without a djembe! Suitable for 6-11 year olds.

Learn about the culture of African djembe playing, how it influenced music from other parts of the world as part of Black History Month, along with patterns that are used to create authentic African drumming sounds, using just your hands and your knees (or a cushion).

No musical experience is necessary just a sense of fun and enjoyment!

Junk Percussion
Junk Workshops use the same principles of rhythm, time keeping, and teamwork but with a new sound.

Using a range of items from camping cups, buckets, broom sticks, bins, brushes, and frying pans – we ensure a loud and interactive experience that can be included as part of a science or recycling project.

No musical experience is necessary just a sense of fun and enjoyment!

Musical Futures: Transform Your Music Teaching
Musical Futures is a not-for-profit organisation, which first began in the UK 18 years ago and is dedicated to supporting teachers with teaching music in a way that helps them to engage and enthuse their students.  Musical Futures supports both primary and secondary schools to transform their music teaching using their tried and tested approaches to teaching music with learning tools designed for the classroom for ages 7 to 16.

Session 1
Transform Your Music Teaching for Primary Teachers:

Part 1: Making Music
Teaching resources designed to develop core musical skills that help create a solid foundation upon which to build.

  • Body Percussion & Un-tuned Percussion– a range of fun exercises designed to support students to mark the beat with body actions and with instruments following a simple graphic score and developing a shared musical vocabulary around beats and rests.
  • Classroom Collection– Play along to some feel-good backing tracks utilising rhythms learned in Body Percussion and Un-tuned Percussion
  • Chair Drumming– Video tutorials that get students mastering some of the fundamentals of drumming….using a chair. Develop the basics of playing the drums ready to transfer to the real instrument!

Session 2
Transform Your Music Teaching for Secondary Teachers:

  • Part 1: Chair Drumming– Video tutorials that get students mastering some of the fundamentals of drumming….using a chair! Play along to our energetic, popular classics whilst developing the basics of playing the drums ready to transfer to the real instrument.
  • Part 2: JustPlay provides whole-class music making opportunities in one resource and gives students the opportunity to develop their skills on ukulele, guitar, keyboard and vocals.
  • JustPlay includes full video guides to support learners and teachers starting with basic chords and rhythmic patterns working up to performing a range of songs and chord changes.
  • Part 3: Music Technology – A comprehensive sequence video tutorials and resources to help students produce a trap track using the web-based sequencer BandLab


To register your attendance please fill in the application form below by Thursday 18 March 2021.   Access to the online conference will be emailed to you nearer the time so please ensure you enter an email address which is monitored.


Carl White
Acting Head of Music & Arts Service