Wales has a unique landscape culturally, politically, linguistically and of course musically. Like other Small Nations, the country has a distinct set of challenges in order to ensure it exploits the full potential of music education. In terms of popular music education, this broader landscape is/has been informed to some degree via initiatives funded by Welsh Government, the Arts Council and local councils, with partners such as the PRS Foundation and BBC Wales, all of which are intended, at least in part, to ‘educate’ stakeholders within the Welsh Music Industry – audiences and musicians alike. Most importantly, although these initiatives are positioned outside ‘mainstream’ education, they can be regarded as existing in tandem with debates concerning the place of popular music within the curriculum, which have been part of recent discussions in the Senedd. Featuring a range of expert speakers, this symposium will examine these debates, outlining case studies of good practice and ways in which the Welsh education system can more appropriately include popular music within its remit. To book a place, click here, then click on ‘Symposium’. The event is part of the Immersed in the City Festival, which is headlined by Richard Ashcroft. The £5 includes lunch, with all proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust. The outline of the day and speakers are copied below
Arrive: 9:30 Refreshments
9:50 Introduction: Professor Paul Carr
Panel 1: 10.00-11.30
Olivia Gable and James Hannam: Lifeblood: Funding Popular Music Education in Wales
Rob Smith: Reading and Speaking: Exploring Musical Style in the Welsh Classroom and Community.
Luke Thomas: Towards a Ladder of Popular Music Support in Wales: the case of Forté Project
Chaired by Paul Carr
Panel 2: 12.00-1.30
Paula Gardiner and Rachel Kilby: Music is Music: a Richer Cultural Future for Wales
Bethan Jenkins: Lewis School Pengam: The Place of Songwriting in the Welsh Music Curriculum
Gillian Mitchell: Musical Futures and National Youth Arts Wales: A Case Study.
Simon Parton: An Equal Opportunity: Using Technology and Pop Music to Engage Young People in Music Making
Chaired by Rob Smith
Professor Paul Carr: Rock Music Pedagogy in the UK and US: Ignorance or Elitism?
Closing Remarks: 3.45-4.30
Professor Helena Gaunt (Principal, RWCMD)