Striking a note in music education


Six Conservatoire students will be supporting primary school teachers to enrich the music curriculum through the Musicate programme.

Musicate is a year-round music education programme devised and produced by Cheltenham Festivals for primary schools. Now in its fifth year, it offers training and professional development for teachers and university music students, and opportunities for primary school pupils to engage with music in a different way.

The six RBC students or ‘Musicats’ were paired with six primary schools across Gloucestershire in an online pairing ceremony this summer. See the pairing ceremony on Twitter here.

The students – James Borland, Emily Dore, Ashton Smith, Will Crawford, Emily Hopper and Holly Greenwood-Rogers – will visit their school five times over the academic year. They will work with the teacher to introduce new and unfamiliar genres of music, enhance pupils’ learning, develop their own teaching skills, and to bring music to life.

They will be supported by Musicate mentors, Visiting Lecturer in Music Rebecca Nash and RBC alumnus and former Musicat Ben Jones.

The year will culminate in a celebration concert at the end of the programme.

Find out more about Musicate here.

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