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The annual conference of the National Association of Music Educators is being held at the College of Ripon and York St John, June 22-24. Speakers include Margaret Griffiths, senior music inspector, and Tony Knight, principal officer for music, arts and culture, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Workshops include: African drumming; integrating music technology into the music classroom; from Sibelius to acid: music technology at key stage 4 and beyond; recorder magic. Fee: pound;265; pound;210 members; day rates from pound;55. Sarah Hennessy, Exeter University, tel: 01392 264858. E-mail:

The Teacher Education Board of the National Society for Education in Art and Design is holding a conference on July 3 to explore issues such as support, mentoring and continued professional development for newly qualified teachers. Venue: Reading University, Bulmershe Campus. Speakers include: Hugh Baldry, Teacher Training Agency. Fee: pound;70, pound;50 members, pound;40 newly qualified teachers, pound;25 teacher trainees. David Jones, The Athene Trust, co NSEAD, The Gatehouse, Corsham Court, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 OBZ. Tel: 01249 714825.

Singposium 2001, a singing, conducting and choral day for all who work with young singers, will be held at the Purcell Room, Roal Festival Hall, South Bank, London SE1, July 3. Organised by Music for Youth and the Association of British Choral Directors, it will include tutorial sessions with Michael Brewer, musical director, National Youth Choir of Great Britain; Tony Knight, principal subject officer, music, the arts and culture, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; and Lucinda Geoghegan, a Kodaly musicianship trainer. Fee: pound;35. The event forms part of the National Festival of Music for Youth at the South Bank Centre, July 2-7. Laura Watts, Music for Youth, 102 Point Pleasant, London SW18 1PP. Tel: 0208 870 9624E-mail:

The summer school of the Kantabile Kodaly Piano School for young musicians aged five to 11 will be held at the UCL Building (above Bloomsbury Theatre), 15 Gordon Street, London WC1, August 21-24. Fee: pound;99. Paul Danbury. Tel: 020 7700 1108.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians is running a conference for instrumental and vocal teachers at St Anne's College, Oxford, September 23. Called "New Skills, New Opportunities", it will include singing for non-singers with Dr Andrew Padmore; teachers becoming pupils again with Dr Diana Bell; and new compositions for young chamber ensembles. ISM, 10 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AA. Tel: 020 7629 4413.E-mail:

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