MWC at the Music Education Expo

The Music Workshop Company team enjoyed a productive and inspiring two days at the 2014 Rhinegold Music Education Expo, which was held on February 7th and 8th at London’s Barbican Centre.DSC_0049

The Expo gives music and teaching professionals the chance to network, share ideas and browse stands from the top contributors in all spheres of the world of music education, from the ABRSM and Trinity College London to the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Musicians’ Union and Schott Music.DSC_0048

Speakers this year included flautist Sir James Galway, educationalist Paul Harris (author of over 600 books including the Improve Your Sight-Reading, Improve Your Scales and Improve Your Teaching series’ familiar to instrumental teachers), Richard Hallam, chair of the Music Education Council and Carol Reid, Programme Manager at Youth Music.DSC_0046

The Rhinegold Theatre hosted keynote debates, discussions and workshops covering topics such as the Ofsted Report Music in Schools, The Future of GCSEs, Music, Dyslexia and the Mind, Essential Leadership and body percussion warm-ups.

The MWC team met literally hundreds of people and had the chance to talk to music teachers, head teachers, community group leaders and musicians. Over 120 people signed up to the mailing list and 900 people took away one of our free Music Workshop Company pens!

DSC_0029Maria Thomas, who set up the Music Workshop Company in 2002, says, “It was wonderful to see how music education in all settings is alive and well in the UK and abroad. It was great to have the opportunity to talk to current and potential clients. Because we design our workshops around the specific needs of our clients, it was really helpful to talk to people face to face and discuss ideas.”

MWC is now busy working to assimilate ideas discussed with clients during the Expo. The team is also developing some exciting new workshops with newly recruited musicians and workshop leaders. Watch out for details of these in our newsletter and upcoming blogs…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In the week since the Expo, MWC has had new enquiries every day. We’d love to hear from you to discuss your Music Workshop needs. It looks like 2014 is going to be a busy year!

And if you missed us this time, we’ll be back on stand J2 at next year’s Music Education Expo.

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