Magazine article Musical Opinion

Music in Education

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Music in Education

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Youth Orchestra * Cardiff University * Music Teaching Seminar

New headquarters is big hit with Youth Orchestra

The West can claim yet another string to its bow after one of the world's finest youth orchestras chose Weston-super-Mare as the location for its new headquarters. The National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain (NCO), which has 550 members aged between seven and 13 years old, moved their offices to Weston Industrial Estate recently. NCO Chief Executive and Director of Music Roger Clarkson said the move to the 2,680 sq ft unit at 57 Buckingham Road would make an enormous difference to the orchestra.

"We're currently based in the annexe of my own home and we simply haven't got the room," he said. At the moment, we have instruments, equipment and music stored in houses all over the place. It's a nightmare gathering them all together for courses and concerts. This will be the first time in 28 years that we will have everything together in the same place."

Since the year 2000, the orchestra has gone from strength to strength, employing four full-time staff and two part time - with plans to take on another two full-time employees.

The NCO consists of five age-banded orchestras and four regional orchestras, and is made up of children from all parts of the UK.

For more information visit www.nco.org.uk or call 01934 820254

Music Teaching: Everyone's Learning, an ISM seminar for instrumental and vocal teachers, will be held in London at the University of Westminster on 30 September. Chaired by Helen Marcus, Warden of the ISM's Private Teachers Section for 2006-07, the seminar will include presentations, talks and workshops exploring some of the many challenges to learning encountered by teachers and pupils alike.

Lucinda Mackworth-Young, consultant in psychology for musicians and director of Music, Mind and Movement, will consider learning from a psychological standpoint, identifying how pupils learn, the different kinds of learning, and how to learn more effectively. …

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