Public seminar

Young people, composing and contemporary music

28 September 2017 | 1.00 – 02.00 pm
Souhtbank Centre | Level 3 Function Room

Seminar with Nancy Evans, Director of Learning and Participation, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), Martin Fautley, Professor of Education, Birmingham City University and Judith Robinson, Creative Project Leader (Education), Sound and Music.

This seminar will explore the teaching and learning of composing, and the place of contemporary music in schools, academies, colleges, and informal learning settings in the UK. We will look at the challenges teachers and other educators face, examine key issues and share examples of innovative practice, drawing on a wide range of practice and research projects involving composers, performers, teachers, researchers and young people.

Nancy Evans

Nancy Evans is Director of Learning & Participation for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG). BCMG is one of the world's leading contemporary music ensembles who have premiered over 160 new works since they were formed in 1987. Their Learning & Participation Programme supports people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in the creation and performance of new music through a variety of innovative projects involving composers, BCMG musicians, teachers, researchers, young people and the wider community.

Martin Fautley

Martin Fautley, Professor of Education, Birmingham City University. Professor Martin Fautley is Director of Research in the School of Education and Social Work at Birmingham City University. He has a wealth of experience in music education, both in terms of pedagogy, and of music education research. He is widely known for his work on researching assessment in the classroom, but also researches understandings of musical learning and progression (especially in the novice stages), composing, and creativity. He regularly undertakes research and evaluation projects in the field of music education.

Judith Robinson

Judith Robinson is Creative Project Leader (Education) at Sound and Music. Sound and Music is the national charity for new music with a mission to maximise the opportunities for people to create and enjoy new music through artist and composer development programmes, partnerships with a range of organisations, audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education. Judith leads on key projects such as Minute of Listening, Listen Imagine Compose and the Sound and Music Summer School. 

Photo by BCMG

Martin Fautley,  Professor of Education, Birmingham City University.