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7 Rothesay Avenue, Richmond, Surrey TW10 5EB, UK

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The Society holds promotional courses for teachers to disseminate the Orff approach to music education, stressing improvisation, and using voices, movement and percussion instruments.

Institution Notes:

The UK Orff Society is a voluntary organisation providing music education courses and workshops for educators, carers, parents and musicians. Most courses are one or two days in length. There is an annual summer school.

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MUSIC FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN. Music training for young children is generally provided by a large network of private teachers offering instruction in their homes, though many schools, both government and private, employ instrumental teachers for students wishing to learn at school. Music is a required subject in maintained schools in the United Kingdom for pupils up to age fourteen; after that it may be taken as an elective in most schools, leading to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) at age sixteen. Those wishing to prepare for more specialised performance levels continue formal music study leading to the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE ‘A’ level) which is a pre-requisite for entry to most professional music programs at tertiary level. Some national conservatories offer Saturday morning performance tuition and general musicianship classes to school-age children with particular musical abilities. Many Local Education Authorities provide evening or Saturday morning music tuition for interested young people and adults. PROFESSIONAL MUSIC TRAINING. Entry to tertiary level professional music training courses is normally following completion of secondary schooling. Such training is available in conservatory-type institutions, colleges of higher education, polytechnics and university music departments with all such institutions offering either degrees or degree-equivalent courses. Exceptionally talented performers may be accepted into the conservatory-type institutions with less than twelve years of schooling. A number of post age-16 courses in colleges of further education prepare students for awards offered by the Business and Technical Education Council (BTEC). Those associated with music may include such areas as sound recording, music technology, music administration, business management or instrumental design and maintenance. Since many of these are one- or two-year programs offering foundation or pre-professional courses they are not generally included in the listing. MUSIC TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS. Training for registration as teachers of music in schools requires either a three-or four-year course leading to an education degree (mostly for teaching at elementary or middle schools), or a first degree (or degree equivalent) in music followed by a one-year Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (the favoured method of training music specialists for secondary schools). A basic music curriculum is studied by all general primary teaching students with most programs also offering specialisation in music. In Scotland the qualification of DipTMus (the degree-status qualification for elementary teachers) is equivalent to the English BEd while the PGCE is sometimes replaced by the TQPE (Teaching Qualification, Primary Education) or the TQSE (Teaching Qualification, Secondary Education). Many music schools in the United Kingdom are members of the UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark, which itself is a member of the European Music Schools Union (EMU) with headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands. Email: . PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS IN MUSIC. Several systems of public examinations in practical and theoretical music are available, the most extensive being those organised by the Trinity/Guildhall, the London College of Music and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (consisting of the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama). The Associated Board also offers a one-year part-time training course for instrumental and singing teachers. PROFESSIONAL MUSIC SOCIETIES. • The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is a body of professional musicians - school and studio teachers, performers, composers, university and conservatorium staff members - speaking nationally, and offering professional support for all musicians, on an individual basis, throughout their careers. There is also a corporate members’ group for businesses, organisations, colleges and schools who wish to support the work of the ISM. The Society issues the monthly ‘Music Journal’ as well as registers of members and information sheets dealing with professional issues such as fees and employment conditions. Its address is The Incorporated Society of Musicians, 45 Inverness Mews, London W2 8JQ. • The British Society for Music Therapy (BSMT) promotes the use and development of music therapy in the treatment, education and rehabilitation of children and adults suffering from emotional, physical or mental handicap. Its address is 25 Rosslyn Avenue, East Barnet, Hertfordshire EN4 8DH, England. • A number of training centres for the Alexander Technique operate throughout the United Kingdom. The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique has lists of members who teach the method. Its address is 1st Floor, Linton House, 39-52 Highgate Road, London NW5 1RS. Website: INFORMATION CENTRES. • The British Music Information Centre (BMIC), founded in 1967, offers information and resource material on British contemporary and traditional music. It holds a vast library resource that includes scores and recordings of music by over 2,000 composers. 26 Berners Street, London W1T 3LR. Tel +44 207 580 3869, +44 207 499 8567. Email: Website: • The Scottish Music Centre became an independent organisation in 1985, taking over the Scottish Music Archive, formerly housed at the University of Glasgow since 1968. It offers information and resource material on Scottish contemporary and traditional music. There is a large archive (more than 30,000 items) of both written scores and recorded sound of Scottish music dating from the 18th century. City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ, Scotland, UK. Tel +44 141 552 5222. Email: Website: • The Welsh Music Information Centre (Canolfan Hysbysrwydd Cerddoriaeth Cymru) is is part of Tŷ Cerdd-Music Centre Wales. It is concerned with the promotion and dissemination of Welsh music and musicians. It organises performances and workshops, commissions new works by Welsh composers, supports performing music organisations throughout Wales and records CDs of Welsh music and music by Welsh performers. There is large performance and research library. Tŷ Cerdd, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff, CF10 5AL, Wales, UK. Tel +44 292 063 5640 Email: Website: Each of these Information Centres is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres.

Last Updated:

February 2020