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CMU+TGE: Music Education Conference on Wednesday 8 May

By | Published on Wednesday 10 April 2019

We are now just a month away from this year’s Great Escape showcase festival and music conference, which will again see 3500 music industry people arrive in Brighton for four days of learning, debating, networking and talent spotting. At the heart of the TGE Conference programme are the three full-day CMU+TGE conferences.

The first of those kicks off the entire TGE Conference on Wednesday 8 May, putting the spotlight on music education. The Music Education Conference is all about bringing music educators and the music industry together, so that educators, employers and music industry leaders are better aligned. Together they can ensure that music education is properly supported, and that the music industry has the future talent it needs to succeed, both on and off stage.

The conference will include updates from the Pathways Into Music research work CMU launched last year, which is mapping music education in the UK, to fully explain what music education is – in its widest possible sense – and how it is funded, accessed and delivered. As part of that project, CMU is also working with Urban Development to start mapping music careers, to work out how music education actually fits into the mix.

Other debates during the day will look at what music education is for, what should be in the music curriculum in schools and colleges, and how music employers can support the education sector. Taking part will be leading educators and educational organisations, exam boards, colleges, music industry employers and those lobbing law-makers on education issues.

The day will then conclude with an artist perspective, with Chilly Gonzales in conversation. Last year he launched his own ground-breaking music education programme The Gonzervatory. It will turn later this year and any musicians interested in getting involved can apply right now here. At TGE he will explain why he set The Gonzervatory up and how it all works. And also how we can build bridges between musical disciplines and in doing so ensure music education works for everyone.

The CMU+TGE Music Education Conference takes place at the new home of the TGE Conference, Jurys Inn Waterfront, on Wednesday 8 May. It is open to all TGE delegates, plus standalone tickets are available for just £65. Check the Music Education Conference schedule hereClick here to buy a delegate pass and here to buy a standalone Music Education Conference ticket.