SUPPORTING PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS
There are sophisticated complexities in developing and supporting ‘music professionals’.
Communication in all its forms is becoming increasingly significant – and different skills are needed depending on whether you are communicating with investors, audiences or stakeholders.
We have a number of strategies through which we hope to support professional musicians, both performers and teachers, to develop their communication skills.
As part of our Apprentices project we deliver a programme of workshops which focus on the needs of Conservatoire students.
Often, as the time for final recitals approaches, students spend a lot of time preparing technically and musically, whilst very often neglecting the very key ingredients of how they connect that learning and expertise to their audiences.
We are currently working with students from the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to share skills that these young players will need to support a diverse portfolio of career opportunities We have also presented workshops for Live Music Now.
Peripatetic music teachers
While we hope to reach an increasing number of young musicians through our Apprentices project, we know that the peripatetic music teachers in our region are in contact with many, many more.
We intend to develop our Pitch, Pace, Perform programme so that it can be used by peripatetic music teachers to encourage young musicians to communicate better with audiences. From our pilot project, we know that these skills increase their confidence as players and improve their technical competence.
Contributing to sector-wide discussion
We use our work to influence the delivery of music education within our sector. We do this through our links with the Association of British Orchestras, articles we write for the arts press and presentations at conferences like the annual ABO conference and the Europe-wide Classical:NEXT event.
Finding out more
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