Conferences and courses

"Musical Challenges and Solutions", the annual conference of the National Association of Music Educators, is being held at Kent Hills Park, Milton Keynes, October 4-6. The main strands are creativity, partnerships and equal opportunities. Key speakers are Tony Knight, principal subject officer for music, arts and culture, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; and Margaret Griffiths HMI. Workshops include music, ICT and special educational needs; African drumming and dance; music in the community; continuity across key stages 2-3. Fee: pound;335; pound;280 members residential; day rates available. Tel: Helen Fraser, 01629 760791

Training provider Stands for Education is holding a conference for music teachers called "The Singing School: how to improve singing in the secondary school music classroom and beyond" in the north of England (November 21) and London (December 4). Venues to be set. Workshops will include inspirational songs and ideas to raise standards in singing at key stage 3; how to extend and challenge vocal composition at GCSE; strategies to involve reluctant singers; and how to develop choral singing in up to seven parts. Fee: pound;225 plus VAT.

SFE, 1 Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8RR. Tel: 0117 983 Piano teachers can immerse themselves in jazz at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Jazz Summer School being held at Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, August 5-11. Charlie Beale, ABRSM's lead jazz consultant and author of Jazz Piano from Scratch, will guide teachers through the basics of jazz. Learning is through small group piano lessons, guided listening sessions, private study and informal music-making. Tel: 020 7467 8244Email:

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