Inspirational Teaching Strategies


The key to unlocking music for all teachers in arts subjects
About this course

The good news is that access to the arts has almost never been better; the internet puts virtual tours of the world’s greatest galleries, a plethora of music and millions of books at our fingertips. In the West, we are literally cultural billionaires. The bad news is that many people don't know how to use these treasures. This course is designed to show you how to use the contents of this treasure chest, across subject boundaries, through music, literature and art. You'll explore the underlying processes that unify all the arts, drawing on new research in the field of music psychology by the conductor Chris Gayford

Course Outcomes:
  • Find out how all the arts are linked
  • Hear about cutting-edge research on visual and auditory perception and its relevance to the arts
  • Explore how to teach poetry, music and art in the same lesson
  • Build your confidence in the disciplines you find scary
  • Transform your pupils’ skills in seeing and hearing
  • Take a guided tour of the murky world of assessment
Course Outline:
Session 1: Congratulations - you're a cultural billionaire

‘My granny’ - refugees who lose everything, except their excellent arts education

The keys to the treasury

The magic of history

The Somatic Substrate Hypothesis

Session 2: Teaching three subjects at the same time

Finding the common link between literature, music and art. NB: it's not history

Building confidence to teach subjects about which you know little

Transforming how pupils see and hear

Demonstrating what to do with music, art and literature.

Session 3: Affordance

From, ‘What does it mean?’ to, ‘What is it for?’

Active vs passive; co-creating instead of wallowing in Hanslick’s ‘warm bath’

Measuring success

A hymn to Stanislavsky

Wendy Imperato

029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

+44 (0)29 2071 1787

“Chris was charismatic, well-informed and provided us with a thought-provoking day. We all left the course with lots of things to reflect on. A brilliant day - thank you!”

IAPS Music Advisor & Director of Music , York House

I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you very much for your time in attending and delivering yesterday’s course. he course went very well and we have received very positive feedback on all sessions.

Course Organiser , IAPS

Very good course with insightful and practical ideas. the course was engaging with a very knowledgeable and experienced leader, The topics covered were relevant and applicable.

Director of Music , Lyndhurst Prep School

Interesting, charismatic, thoughtful presentation. Engaging, good involvement of participants. Much to ponder.

Director of Music , Crescent School

Excellent content and delivery; varied pace & style. I felt that the trainer really knew his stuff so I trust and respect his ideas. Lots to take away and think about (and use!)

Director of Music , Witham Hall School

Fresh approach to learning how to listen. Great ideas for children to embrace. Engaging presentation; good involvement of participants and a wonderfully informal atmosphere.

Head of Music , Dulwich Prep School

Fantastic course and I am glad that Chris went into such detail about the subject. I would have loved the day to have longer!

Head of Pre-Prep School, Teacher of Music , Ryde School