More than any other subject, the music department has many different faces. This course will look at the purpose and strategies to ensure that your lessons, instrumental teaching, ensembles and extra curricula groups and wider partners all work towards the common goal of an outstanding department.


  • Develop an understanding of the role of a music department
  • Learn ways to develop success within a multi faced department
  • Learn how to increase support for your department from student, parents to staff and school leaders
  • Take away ideas of how to use a wider musical team
  • Find out how to assess and improve your music curriculum

COURSE DATES London, Wednesday 28 June 2017
London, Wednesday 22 November 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Performing Arts
Heads of Music
Aspiring Heads of Music
Teachers of Music
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 10.45am: The multi-faced music department

  • Understanding the balance between curriculum lessons, instrumental lessons, ensembles and groups and wider school needs of the music department
  • Learn strategies to use all elements of the wider department for the common purpose
  • Effectively prioritising your time

10.45 – 11.05am: Break


11.05 – 12.05pm: Assessing your curriculum

  • Skills and knowledge audit for exam achievement
  • Exploring how to scale tasks down from year 11/13 down to year 7
  • Performing – Composing – Appraising. How to balance your curriculum time effectively

12.05 – 12.45pm: The role of the music hub and wider partners

  • Exploring the music hub purpose and latest Ofsted recommendations
  • Building a relationship with the music hub
  • Opportunities for your department

12.45– 1.45pm: Lunch


1.45 – 3.15pm: Progressive music lessons - Year 7 to Year 13 building blocks

  • The historical difficulties of progression in music
  • Building blocks to creating a young musician
  • Approaches to assessment in music
  • Empowering all students to be performers
  • The practical application of music theory

3.15 – 3.40pm: Establishing a culture of success

  • Ideas to get parents onside and share your vision
  • Strategies to keep students engaged in extra curricula groups
  • Reinforcing the importance of the music department to your school

Afternoon refreshments will be taken during the afternoon sessions

Will Carter

Will Carter is Director of Music at the English Martyrs’ Catholic School. He has overseen year on year improvement of GCSE results, with the department now sitting in the top 10% nationally. English Martyrs’ School has a rich and varied music department and holds Artsmark Gold status.