Central Area Development Day

Central Area Development Day

Event Details

Simple strategies for teaching musicianship in the singing lesson with SALLY CATHCART

Sunday 8 May 2016

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, King Edward Schools, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UA

An interactive day where teachers will be shown how simple songs and games can be used in sophisticated and creative ways leading to secure aural and written musical understanding for their pupils.

About Sally Cathcart

Sally Cathcart with a pupilSally Cathcart is a musician, teacher and researcher who is involved in many aspects and levels of music education. She has spent many years working in both junior and senior school music departments as Head of Keyboard and Director of Music. She has wide experience of classroom teaching and has taught all ages, from 3 to 18 years old. She is a qualified Kodály teacher; a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to visit South Africa, Hungary and Cuba has led her to a deeper understanding of the benefits of an ear-led approach to instrumental teaching

Sally is also a choral conductor and her children’s choirs in the past have sung at the Royal Albert Hall and been finalists in the Choir of the Year competition. Until July 2014 she was music director of InCantata, a female choir based in Berkshire. In August 2013 she was appointed Director of Development for the Voices Foundation. Read Sally’s full biography at her website.

Programme for the day

10.30am – Registration: tea and coffee served

11am – Songs and games to sing and play

11.45am – Four top tips for developing student’s musical skills and understanding:

  • Start from the aural rather than written
  • Prepare, present, practise
  • Have a progression for learning
  • Be consistent and persistent

12.15pm – Making musical skills and concepts conscious:

  • Pulse and beat
  • Simple rhythm patterns
  • Relative pitch

1pm – Lunch (not provided, so please bring your own): tea and coffee served

2pm – The joy of canons!

2.30pm – Making sense of notation:

  • Rhythm solfa
  • Relative pitch on the staff
  • Fixed pitch on the staff

3.30pm – Why play is so important

3.45pm – Questions

4.30pm – Finish


  • Members: £40
  • Non-members: £45
  • Students: £20
  • Members bringing non-member guests: £30 per person

Contact Central Area Representative Zoe Turner with any queries, or book online now and pay by debit card, credit card or Paypal, any time before the day starts:

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