The Music Mark Annual Conference travels to Sheffield for its 2019 edition.

RSL are excited to attend this year’s Music Mark Conference in South Yorkshire’s vibrant city of Sheffield. This is a great opportunity for us to catch up with Music Mark members – from Music Hubs to their teaching and support teams – and be inspired by the panels, discussions, music education workshops and CPD sessions, all designed to best serve today’s music and performance teachers.

This year, the event will explore a selection of case studies designed to promote the most collaborative, enterprising and inclusive programmes from across the country, as examples of how to revitalise the classroom environment. Keynote speakers include: former Mayor of Sheffield and Green MEP Magid Magid; CEO of Sound and Music, Susanna Eastburn (MBE); and Diana Johnson (MP), Chair of the APPG for Music Education.

Music Mark have also organised a selection of engaging, practical CPD sessions, in which you’ll be able to find RSL’s UK Education Strategy Manager, Dan Francis, demonstrating how our brand-new Professional Diplomas can support the talent pipeline; either as an individual setting up their professional career, or as an employer securing a high-quality new workforce.

Securing the Talent Pipeline: Rockschool Professional Diplomas at Level 4 & 6

In this hands-on, practical session, delegates will be introduced to the new RSL Awards Professional Diplomas and how they each work to support the delivery of high-quality, industry-relevant learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Delegates will take a piece of well-known Rockschool repertoire, and through a practical performance workshop, explore the teaching opportunities and learning outcomes that can be gained from the material.

This session will map the learning to the objectives in a range of qualifications (from KS2 to KS5) and demonstrate how the diploma supports professionals working in a variety of teaching environments, as well as young people moving into a portfolio career.

In the session we’ll:

  • Perform a section of music and then identify the instrumental skills and musical understanding required to perform it
  • Look at how these skills underpin a range of qualifications
  • Identify how this approach supports learning for individuals, ensemble rehearsals and in the classroom

To close, we’ll focus on the new Rockschool Professional Diplomas in order to show how they help advanced musicians to develop, evidence and reflect on their work as they develop a portfolio career. We see this qualification as something that can be adopted by all Music Services running Student Leadership Programmes, as well as those looking to support undergraduate and graduate musicians as they embark on their career as a portfolio musician.

We look forward to seeing everyone in attendance on the day. If you'd like to review the event programme before your arrival, you can download it below.