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The Musicians' Union (MU) at the Music Education Expo

Now in its sixth year in London, the Music & Drama Education Expo is a must-attend event for anyone working in music education.

Members of the Union’s Education team will be there on stand G1 (with some amazing freebies!) to answer your questions about any aspect of teaching and education work. And, as one of the most influential organisations in the sector, we are usually an important part of the conference programme too.

This year is no different. In collaboration with Music Mark, the membership organisation for music services, the MU is hosting a lunchtime debate entitled ‘Teachers on Hubs’, at 1.25pm on Thursday 22 February in the Rhinegold Theatre. We’re particularly delighted to be working with Music Mark on this, and we hope that the session will allow our members who teach to meet and have constructive dialogue with those in management and leadership roles.

What are your biggest questions and concerns about music services and hubs?

The MU’s recent education report highlighted a number of challenges, among them the prevalence of zero-hour contracts, low pay and conflicting government policy around music education. In a context of shrinking budgets and uncertain politics, there are few easy solutions to these issues, but we’re confident that getting people talking about them is a good place to start. That’s the thinking behind ‘Teachers on Hubs’ – honest conversation, with the intention of developing communication channels between teachers and management.

‘Teachers on Hubs’ will feature a panel of teachers with on-the-ground insights into working for music services and hubs.

Audience members will also be given the chance to speak and ask questions, so this should be an opportunity for real issues to be raised and addressed. The MU would like to thank Music Mark for their willingness to collaborate on this session with us, and we hope to see as many members there as possible. Remember that the Expo is free to attend – you just need to reserve a place online.

The Music & Drama Education Expo takes place on 22-23 February 2018 at Olympia London. The Musicians’ Union will be at stand G1, as well as hosting ‘Teacher on Hubs’ at 1.25pm on Thursday 22 February in the Rhinegold Theatre. We look forward to seeing you there.

 
Published: 21/02/2018
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