CONFERENCES AND COURSES.
lWidening approaches to instrumental learning is a Guildhall School of Music and Drama research project and the subject of a seminar for teachers organised by the Incorporated Society of Musicians at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1, March 1. Fee: Pounds 49, Pounds 39 members. Chairman, Professor Peter Renshaw, is head of research and development at the GSMD and warden of the ISM's music in education. Details: Fiona MacLeod, tel: 0171 629 4413.
* Sound and silence 30 years on is the theme of a National Association of Music Educators conference at Bretton Hall, West Yorkshire, June 27-28. Sessions on composing, singing and dancing will be linked to the classroom. Speakers will include Emeritus Professor John Paynter, co-author of 'Sound and Silence'. Details: NAME, 52 Orchard Lane, Frisby-on-the-Wreake, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 2NH, tel: 01664 434379.
* Improvisation, planning and composition, and assessment of pupils' work will be the key ingredients of a Jackdaws course for composers, instrumental music teachers and classroom music teachers (GCSE upwards), August 28-30, at Bridge House, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset. It will be led by Jeffrey Sharkey, director of music at the Purcell School. Novice composers are welcome. The Jackdaws Educational Trust runs a range of musical weekends for students, proficient amateurs, music teachers and professionals.
the 1998 programme includes jazz, clarinet, flute and recorder weekends, a cellists' workshop, pianos for all, British song workshop and Who was Haydn? Fee: Pounds 95 per weekend. Bed and breakfast accommodation is available at Pounds 15 a night. For details tel: 01373 812383.
* Tribal Heart, a team of community artists working on a resource book of inspirational ideas to support educational approaches to the Millennium, are sharing their ideas at a Millennium Resource Workshop, March 26 to 29, at Lockyers Farm Educational Centre, Somerset. It will span visual art, drama, music, dance, English, geography, history and religious education. Fee: Pounds 185 organisations; Pounds 160 individuals. Details: Roland Wilkinson, Tribal Heart, Nappers Crossing, Staverton, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6LB, tel: 01803 864950.
* The Schools Music Association is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a gala concert at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London SE1, March 23, 7pm. Compered by Martin Bell MP, the programme includes performances from the SMA choir of 250 voices, the Samba Band of Park High School, Stanmore, St Martin in the Fields Girls' School Gospel Choir and Isleworth and Syon School Gamelan, Middlesex. The event has been organised in association with the University of North London. Tickets are Pounds 4-Pounds 15 from box office, tel: 0171 960 4242.
* lVisit the unofficial 51st state of the United States, aka the Barbican Centre, London EC2, for Inventing America: a Year of American Culture, a festival of music, theatre, opera, dance, cinema, the visual arts, literature, technology and food. The music programme ranges from classical to rock via jazz and folk idioms and "Visual America" includes exhibitions on "The Art of the Harley", Shaker furniture, Andy Warhol's influence on style, Cindy Sherman and "Native North American: photographs from the edge".A "green" card is available for Pounds 15 giving reductions and offers on events throughout the year. For details tel: 0171 638 8891.
* Young people from ethnic communities aged 13 to 15 and 16 to 19 are invited to enter a competition on the theme "My future, your future, our future" organised by Cambridge University's Young Black Achievers. Categories include art, music, journalism and poetry and short story and the closing date is February 28. A total of Pounds 3,000 in prizes is on offer. Details: Olutalani Oni, tel: 01223 364637; e-mail: email@example.com
* The Music in the Curriculum Web site at http:www.users.globalnet.co.uktcainincludes articles by teachers, lesson ideas, advice on the national curriculum, reports on classroom practice and reviews of resources.It is produced for primary teachers by Southampton College of Higher Education.
* The Web site for Madrid's Prado Museum at http:museoprado.mcu.espradohtmlihome.htmlcovers (in Spanish and English) the history and collections of one of the world's greatest art galleries and provides a selection of high-quality images.
* A feast for teachers of art and art history can be found at MarkHarden's Museum of Art at http:lonestar.texas.netmharden It provides more than 2,000 scans from more than 200 artists, plus articles, essays, biography andcriticism.
* Dr Bernarr Rainbow established a trust in his name last year to make annual awards in recognition of excellence in music teaching in schools. Teachers engaged in postgraduate research or classroom teachers in the UK are invited to propose projects related to commercial exploitation. Closing date: April 20.
* Dr Rainbow, now in his eighties, is associated with teacher training and publications including 'Music in the Classroom' (1956). Details: Elaine Hardy, Trinity College of Music, Mandeville Place, London W1M 6AQ, tel: 0171 224 1626