Nordoff Robbins Music Therapist and beneficiary with piano

Music Education and Prevention: Seminar event

Monday 13 January, University of Derby

About the seminar event

The Music Education and Prevention seminar event takes place on 13 January at the University of Derby, as the first of a series of seminar events on Music and Prevention taking place throughout 2020.

The event will comprise of seminars and discussion on the preventative role of music within schools and youth settings, with a range of leading speakers and opportunities for discussion and networking.

Nordoff Robbins hosted a successful research workshop on music and prevention in 2019, attended by internationally renowned scholars from across the UK and Europe from a wide range of inter-related yet distinct fields. This was the first time ever that scholars and practitioners have assembled to address this topic collectively, and the Music and Prevention seminar events series has grown out of this collaborative working.

Event programme

13.00-13.45: First seminar and discussion: Prevention within schools – what might music therapy have to offer?
Dr Simon Procter, Director of Music Services (Education, Research and Public Affairs) at Nordoff Robbins

13.45-14.30: Second seminar and discussion: Holistic Music Education Approaches for the Prevention of Escalating Crises for Individuals, School Systems and Society
Jimmy Rotheram, Senior Music Leader at Feversham Primary Academy

14.30: Coffee

14.45-15.05: Talk: Listening to music – various audiences in our future societies
Eva Bojner Horwitz and David Thyrén, Royal College of Music in Stockholm

15.05-15.50: Third seminar and discussion: Sustaining Teachers and Learners with the Arts (STALWARTS) – a skills-sharing European project
Leslie Bunt, Professor in Music Therapy at the University of the West of England

15.50-16.35: Panel Discussion on the Potential Preventative Roles of Music and Education
Dr Simon Procter, Director of Music Services (Education, Research and Public Affairs) at Nordoff Robbins UK
Dr Craig Robertson, Head of Research at Nordoff Robbins UK
Jimmy Rotherham, Senior Music Leader at Feversham Primary School
Leslie Bunt, Professor in Music Therapy at the University of Western England
David Thyrén, Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
Eva Bojner Horwitz, Professor of Music and Health at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and researcher at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience Karolinska Institute (KI).
Yoon Irons, Research Fellow at the Health and Social Care Research Centre, University of Derby.
Andrew Webster, Head Teacher at Park View Community School.

Seminar information

Seminar 1: Prevention within schools – what might music therapy have to offer?

Dr Simon Procter, Director of Music Services (Education, Research and Public Affairs) at Nordoff Robbins

In this session, I will sketch out some of the ways in which the presence of music therapy within a school can contribute towards the ability of the school to work preventatively with its students. I will focus on work at individual, group and communal level, and consider the music therapist’s collaboration with students, staff and parents alike. Fundamental to all of this is the skilful but varied offering of music’s affordances to those who stand to benefit from them most: I will argue that this is not just a matter for music therapists alone, but an attitude that needs to be embedded more widely within school communities. Music therapists are most commonly found in special education, but something of a music therapy attitude towards what music has to offer in the context of students’ lives can be usefully deployed by others in mainstream education too.

Biography
Simon Procter is the Director of Music Services (Education, Research and Public Affairs) at Nordoff Robbins UK. Simon trained as a music therapist with Nordoff Robbins in London and has since worked primarily within adult mental health services, as well as in the training of music therapists. He has oversight of Nordoff Robbins’ education and research activities as well as being active in communicating about our work in the public sphere.

Seminar 2: Holistic Music Education Approaches for the Prevention of Escalating Crises for Individuals, School Systems and Society

Jimmy Rotheram, Senior Music Leader at Feversham Primary Academy

Schools are currently faced with many crises, including the mental and physical wellbeing of pupils and staff, teacher recruitment and retention, and the well documented decline in music education. This talk will explore to what extent these phenomena are related, and how educators can adopt a holistic approach to music education. In doing so, their practice develops the whole-child – consciously developing social skills and awareness, numeracy, literacy, confidence, self-expression, speech and language, empathy, physical health and motor coordination alongside musical skills and knowledge. There is growing evidence that such early interventions will have a lasting positive impact, helping to prevent escalation of crises for both the individual, our school system and wider society.

Biography
Jimmy Rotheram is a music education advocate and was shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize. He is the Senior Music Leader at Feversham Primary Academy in Bradford, an Advisory Board Member for the Benedetti Foundation and a Global Teacher Ambassador for the Varkey Foundation.

Talk: Listening to music – various audiences in our future societies

Eva Bojner Horwitz and David Thyrén, Royal College of Music in Stockholm

That music listening can have strong emotional effects is widely accepted, and it is also known that the effects depend on several individual and environmental factors. There are different elements of the musical experience that influence the emotional response of the listener, of which we will try to focus on four that have been explored in the literature and which relate to a newly published study. The social changes in our societies will affect our audiences and education. Therefore new musical arenas need to be developed  and more included through the whole lifespan.

Biography
David Thyrén, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Eva Bojner Horwitz, Professor of Music and Health at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and researcher at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience Karolinska Institute (KI). She is the co-founder of the Center for Social Sustainability (CSS), KI and anchored in interdisciplinary research, focusing on performance evaluations with musicians and projects targeting musicians health and music listening in different health care settings.

Seminar 3: Sustaining Teachers and Learners with the Arts (STALWARTS) – a skills-sharing European project

Leslie Bunt, Professor in Music Therapy at the University of the West of England

STALWARTS was an Erasmus+ funded project involving partnerships between universities and local schools in Estonia, Italy, Norway, Portugal and the UK. It brought together teams of teachers and educators working collaboratively with creative arts therapists and researchers. STALWARTS built on the results of the previously Erasmus+ funded project, LINK (Learning in a New Key). As in LINK the primary target group for supporting teachers and educators to use more music and the creative arts in their classrooms was children and young people affected by adverse life conditions. The principal objective for STALWARTS was the development of new university-based M-level modules for Continuing Professional Development focusing on the use of music and the creative arts to promote relational health and to contribute to the reduction of Early Leaving from Education and Training (ELET).  The presentation will summarise some of the achievements of the project and report on some classroom enquiries, including those informed by neuroscience.

Biography
Leslie Bunt is Professor in Music Therapy at the University of the West of England, Bristol where he teaches on the MA in MT and bases his research. He founded a MT charity, The MusicSpace Trust with its first community-based centre opening in Bristol in 1991. Leslie is a Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery and a Primary Trainer in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Leslie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.  He was awarded an MBE in 2009 for ‘services to music therapy.’

Reserve your place

Tickets to this event are free but by registration only and places are limited.

To reserve your place, please email Dr Craig Robertson at craig.robertson@nordoff-robbins.org.uk.

How to find the venue

The seminar event takes place at University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB.

Please head to the main entrance and reception will show you where to go.