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SING UP GATHERING The ABC of Effective Development in the Future – Great! A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer;  i...
THE LEGACY <ul><li>Access and Achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Breadth and Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge, Celebration, ...
THE AGENDA <ul><li>Focus on raising standards of achievement  in  and  through  singing </li></ul><ul><li>Intrinsic singin...
THE AGENDA <ul><li>Singing has fantastic leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Singing Leaders give power to the people </li></ul><ul>...
THE MESSAGE <ul><li>Music is working – music is power </li></ul><ul><li>We are making Britain musical </li></ul><ul><li>We...
BUT WE NEED TO: <ul><li>Dismantle the silos </li></ul><ul><li>Raise the bar </li></ul><ul><li>Build better pathways of pro...
ABC <ul><li>A = achievement  QUALITY </li></ul><ul><li>B = building blocks PROGRESSION </li></ul><ul><li>C = collaboration...
THE SINGER HAS EVERYTHING WITHIN HIM.  THE NOTES COME OUT FROM HIS VERY LIFE.  THEY ARE NOT MATERIALS GATHERED FROM OUTSID...
PLAYING AND SINGING
PLAYING AND SINGING - WHAT WE MIGHT NEED  <ul><li>A shared vision statement and strategic plan </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogue ...
IMPACT EVALUATION OF WO <ul><li>increased motivation, self confidence, raised esteem, enjoyment, pride and achievement, en...
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Sing Up Gathering Presentation

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John Witchell, FMS.
Opening Keynote Presentation.
Sing Up National Gathering.
Concorde Centre.
Manchester Airport.
Friday 22nd January 2010

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  • The ABC Round - doing it badly, or doing it well; demonstrate
  • Access – a key achievement of Sing Up is the access to all primary schools and therefore all children – in all areas Achievement – of children intrinsic and extrinsic, of teachers, and of you, the Sing Up workforce Chorister’s outreach programme – ‘ it’s magic’ Second year report - Longitudinal analalyses of n-637 children, revealed that, over time, the Sing Up participants developed more significantly than their non Sing Up peers of the same age (Graham Welch, Researching the second year of the National Singing Programme Breadth – song resource: all kinds of songs for all kinds of situations, all children, all schools Balance – of provision, of repertoire, in opportunities, in standards Challenge to schools Challenge to classroom teachers Challenge to pupils But with challenge comes the reward of doing something better than you thought you could Celebration – wonderful champion of Howard Goodall; do you all make the most of your successes? Continuity – of provision, of progression, of partnerships, in standards Choice – children’s choice and voice; how much do children decide what to sing/ how much do they compose; how much control do they have? Quote from Musical Futures – real choice and voice, but does that happen at KS2?   No doubt that we are on the road and that by 2011 Sing Up will have exceeded its expectations and those of the government. You are producing happier, more musical children (the national aspiration) and that will be our legacy. But what do we do with the legacy? We need to manage the 5 th C – Change. What do you feel about change – 30 seconds to identify words to describe change? Negative and positive – and how do they relate to your role in Sing Up? Negative – music education will dry up, music won’t be in the National Curriculum, people will stop singing – rubbish Positive – we control our own destiny, we know we are valued by schools, parents, the government; we have built the foundations, so let’s now build the house
  • We focus on raising standards of achievement, improving the quality of teaching an providing positive leadership Singing helps to improve behaviour (the tale of Delapre) Singing is in the engine room of social mobility – (Gareth Malone and the choir) and there is no divide between rich and poor in singing Singing creates wealth – bear in mind that an IPod includes easily 1000 songs, which all make money Your National Singing Campaign is world class – it’s innovative, adaptive to needs and society, flexible for different circumstances and responsive Singing is prestigious – Susan Boyle et al
  • You are fantastic leaders – leaders in and through singing You give the power to the people – the children, schools and families You are highly regarded by schools, who want to use you You are forging new networks and partnerships – that’s been a real success story You focus on training – so you have the best skills to teach You have created a VIRTUOUS DYNAMIC within the music education sector, schools, services, parents and pupils I have just quoted the main features of the Conservative programme for state education; so if the Conservatives are elected we already have synergy with them. And if there remains a Labour government, we know have the supported us so far – they know that we are good at what we are doing.   Remind us – that the music education sector is talking to politicians – very positively. MMPAG, chaired so effectively by Darren Henley, Youth Music led by Christina Coker, MEC and FMS by moi are all doing our very best to get the message across.
  • So what are we saying: Music is working – music is power We make Britain musical We make Britain wealthy We transform lives – personally, socially and, most importantly, musically We are a world-class workforce  
  • We can’t carry on in silos – with Sing Up doing this and Wider Opportunities doing that. I understand completely why we started that way, because that was the way the funding set it up. But now we need to break down these artificial barriers and treat music holistically. With revisions to the National Curriculum we have an opportunity to do that. But don’t wait for me – and I shouldn’t wait for you. Let’s make sure that we join it up at both national and local levels. Nationally I reckon two things will have to go – the titles Sing Up and WOPS – what about a new one called Music Up and Down, or In and Out! And as a matter of interest: When fusion occurs it produces five times the energy. Fusion is about joining, coming together, creating connection (Daft and Lengel 1998 (Fusion Leadership)   Let’s raise the bar in terms of quality – and be clearer about what we mean by quality. I would be concerned if there was one size that fitted all. Rather we need to be more aware of different views of quality – singing in choirs is one thing, chanting in a playground is another with a different sort of refinement, singing in assembly will have involvement and engagement, even if not all the children have the best sense of pitch, and if we are singing gospel songs we may be going for zeal and intensity, which may be use a bit more chest sound than some might like – and if we are making up our own pop song, we may well be imitating someone else and finding our own technique: Musical Futures excerpt – now I contend that this is high quality, even though the girl’s terms of reference are different. So let’s be adaptive, flexible and not be precious.   We need to pool our resources and create better partnerships. I think we can report some good progress so far, but we still hear tales of people and organisations who are too protective, or defensive about their own territory. We must now think outside the box – and build on the foundations of the Music Manifesto. The MM talked about hubs, and whilst we haven’t really used it as a term (not a bad thing) we must now dismantle any barriers and work together. I don’t mean talking at a superficial level, but I mean by working together – completely. We can do this at a national level – Sing Up, WOPs, Youth Music, FMS, MEC, but the proof of the pudding will be at local levels – so come on area leaders, come on music services and demonstrate how the new partnerships are really working. Be prepared to take them further and consider complete unity and common purpose. Consider Music UK.  
  • Slide 7 Challenge and opportunity So these are three challenges for the future – three things that need strengthening QUALITY, FUSION and COMBINED WORKING. If we get these right and tell the message clearly and effectively I can see a future for singing which is shining more brightly than ever before. Let’s make it work together.  
  • Transcript of "Sing Up Gathering Presentation"

    1. 1. SING UP GATHERING The ABC of Effective Development in the Future – Great! A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song - Maya Angelou
    2. 2. THE LEGACY <ul><li>Access and Achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Breadth and Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge, Celebration, Continuity, Choice </li></ul>
    3. 3. THE AGENDA <ul><li>Focus on raising standards of achievement in and through singing </li></ul><ul><li>Intrinsic singing for its own sake, but singing for other reasons e.g. improved behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Singing is the engine room of social mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Singing creates wealth </li></ul><ul><li>Singing here is world class </li></ul><ul><li>Singing is prestigious </li></ul>
    4. 4. THE AGENDA <ul><li>Singing has fantastic leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Singing Leaders give power to the people </li></ul><ul><li>Sing Up is highly regarded by schools </li></ul><ul><li>Sing Up continues to forge excellent partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Sing Up has a focus on training </li></ul><ul><li>You have created a </li></ul>
    5. 5. THE MESSAGE <ul><li>Music is working – music is power </li></ul><ul><li>We are making Britain musical </li></ul><ul><li>We are making Britain rich </li></ul><ul><li>We are transforming lives – personally, socially and, most important, musically </li></ul><ul><li>We are world class and we are investing in people </li></ul><ul><li>We are making good things better </li></ul>
    6. 6. BUT WE NEED TO: <ul><li>Dismantle the silos </li></ul><ul><li>Raise the bar </li></ul><ul><li>Build better pathways of progression </li></ul><ul><li>Forge stronger more meaningful partnerships </li></ul>
    7. 7. ABC <ul><li>A = achievement QUALITY </li></ul><ul><li>B = building blocks PROGRESSION </li></ul><ul><li>C = collaboration FUSION </li></ul><ul><li>When fusion occurs it produces five times the energy. Fusion is about joining, coming together, creating connect’ – Daft and Lengel 1998 (Fusion Leadership) </li></ul>
    8. 8. THE SINGER HAS EVERYTHING WITHIN HIM.  THE NOTES COME OUT FROM HIS VERY LIFE.  THEY ARE NOT MATERIALS GATHERED FROM OUTSIDE.  ~RABINDRANATH TAGORE SING UP HAS EVERYTHING WITHIN LET’S CONTINUE REACHING OUT TO THE OUTSIDE
    9. 9. PLAYING AND SINGING
    10. 10. PLAYING AND SINGING - WHAT WE MIGHT NEED <ul><li>A shared vision statement and strategic plan </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogue with government to agree priorities (less of the initiativitis) </li></ul><ul><li>A joint national celebration – use Music for Youth? </li></ul><ul><li>A working party to join up the principles of both initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>A ‘combined’ approach to CPD and training for ‘music’ rather than just singing and playing </li></ul><ul><li>New combined accreditation for practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>An updated ‘A Common Approach’ </li></ul><ul><li>Revision to exemplification of standards </li></ul><ul><li>A road map of pathways of progression </li></ul><ul><li>Revised role of secondary music specialist teachers </li></ul>
    11. 11. IMPACT EVALUATION OF WO <ul><li>increased motivation, self confidence, raised esteem, enjoyment, pride and achievement, enhanced aspirations, empowerment, respect for instruments, improved behaviour, discipline, attendance, positive attitudes esp. boys, increased concentration, collaborative learning, happiness, accelerated educational learning, music is more valued, better resources, improved profile, assistance for schools in special measures, enhanced perceptions of teachers </li></ul><ul><li>BUT WE CAN AND MUST MAKE THINGS BETTER e.g. progression, pupil voice, diversity </li></ul><ul><li>WE’VE STARTED, SO WE MUST FINISH! </li></ul>
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