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Training the Trainer

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Do You Aspire to Teach Music? 
Are You a Teacher Looking for New Ideas?

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An evening of workshops for musicians and music teachers alike:
sharing best practice and building confidence in teaching methods.


Stacey Riley, David Oliver & Stewart Hardy

24th April 2018 6pm-9pm
Newcastle University Armstrong Building

Workshops include:

Whole Class Behaviour Strategies for Effective Learning
(Stacey Riley)

Delivering Great Workshops – Some Basic Principles
(David Oliver)

Ready for Anything – Effective Preparation in Teaching Folk Music
(Stewart Hardy)
(including anticipating needs, monitoring progression, when to abandon a plan & engaging warm-ups)

Places are limited to ensure that participants have opportunities to explore specific questions and concerns.  Book your place now.

Tickets £8 from


Stacey is a specialist in Music in Education and is developing new and innovative ways to use music to impact children's learning across the wider schools’ curriculum. Stacey started playing clarinet at the age of 7 and progressed through The Royal Northern College of Music Junior School and Chethams School of Music. She was a primary classroom teacher for 13 years and is now the Director of Music and Performance for The Laidlaw Schools Trust. Her innovative approach to using music in the classroom is yielding impressive results and is attracting the attention of key figures in music education.


Stewart is renowned as one of the top fiddle tutors in the UK. He is both classically trained and steeped in the traditional music of Northumberland & Scotland, which is reflected in his approach to teaching. In great demand as both a private tutor and as a workshop leader, Stewart can be found teaching across the UK and beyond, leading regular and one-off workshops, tutoring on Summer Schools and leading projects in schools. For many years Stewart was a core instrumental tutor and lecturer on the Folk Degree at Newcastle University. He also directed the Folkworks Adult Summer School for three years as well as several award winning European projects for young musicians. Current projects include regular tuition for JSArts (both fiddle and mixed instruments workshops), leading Tyneside Fiddle Alliance, teaching on residential courses such as the Historically Informed Summer School, and directing and tutoring for the North East Fiddle School.


A former High School headteacher from Hexham, Northumberland, David Oliver was Folkworks Education Director from 1993 to 2009, and has wide and varied experience of organising and delivering courses, workshops and training events in folk music, song and dance.  He’s a leading Northumbrian dance band accordionist and caller, leader of The Hedgehog's Skin and creator of The Hexham Village Band, a 30-strong community ceilidh band. From 2006 until 2012 he was musical director of the Tynedale Community Choir. In recent years he has led community music projects in Hungary, India,  South Africa, Burkina Faso, Spain, Sweden, Japan, the USA and France. David is co-author of Folk Voiceworks (OUP 2007), author of English Accordion Music (Schott 2008) and creator of the best-selling Folkworks Session Collection. He was Chair of FolkArts England 2003 to 2009, and is now supposed to be retired.
These are the facts. What you really need to know is that David Oliver is a passionate, cheerful and engaging advocate of Northern England’s music and dance, who loves to encourage everyone to be happy, confident and enthusiastic about participating and sharing in our great musical traditions.