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Managing the Change in Boys Voices for Singing

July 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Led by Martin Ashley

1pm (registration, starting from 1.00)  1.30 to 3.30pm – Managing the Change in Boys Voices with Sing UP launch – a session aimed at Secondary school teachers, and Vocal leaders, opened up to any Primary Teachers who may have a good choral offer in school, and can be released by their Head Teachers.

There is a further session which Teachers/tutors can attend, although there will be some duplication across these sessions. Please book on both sessions if you’d like to attend.

3.30 registration starting 4 – 5.30pm – Managing the Change in Boys Voices with Sing Up Launch – a more open session to primary and secondary school teachers to support general singing in schools and transition into secondary schools. Session will includes some discussion/consultation as to how the Hub can support the development of stronger dialogue between Secondaries and their feeder primary schools.

Both sessions will include information about the new partnership/launch of Sunderland Music Education Hub’s Local Authority subscription for Sing UP: signposting to online resources available for singing (Friday Afternoons and Charanga) and consultation on further training, workshop or resource/repertoire needs for schools for next two years.

Background Info to Professor Martin Ashley

Boys Keep Singing (The Widening Young Male Participation in Chorus research project) is part of the Faculty of Education’s effort to support music education. The main aim of the project is to keep boys interested in choral singing when they move to secondary school as it is well known that a number of boys are lost to this activity while in Key Stage 3 (age 11-14).

Professor Martin Ashley, the former Head of Research in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill, led the research which identified five success criteria for vocal identity and school/choral settings. His findings have been published in internationally recognised journals and have attracted considerable coverage in the press including articles in The Guardian, Independent, Times Educational Supplement, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. His research has also featured on BBC TV, CBBC Newsround, BBC World Service, BBC TV North West Tonight, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Five Live.

Martin’s research has had a significant impact on public policy as his findings were used as a case study in the National Music Plan by the Department for Education/Department for Culture Media and Sport. As a result of his research, new boys’ choirs have been created across the world from the UK to Australia including the creation of the thriving, regional changing voice choir Cambiata North West.

For further information, visit boys-keep-singing.org


July 9
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Sunderland Music Hub
0191 561 8823


Southmoor Secondary School
Ryhope Road
Sunderland, SR2 7TF United Kingdom
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