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The RIAM Teaching and Learning Network Conference

When the RIAM Teaching Network first began, one of the things that I wanted to do was provide an opportunity for teachers to get to meet and share ideas with their peers, while also hearing about new approaches and new possibilities.

When I was teaching, I often found that it could be quite lonely working away, without necessarily having colleagues or other teachers that you see every day to talk to and brainstorm with. I had also spent a lot of time attending musicology conferences, when I was working on my PHD thesis, and that seemed like the perfect way of connecting music teachers around Ireland. As a result the first RIAM Teaching Network conference came about in 2014.

The conference is a two-day event that is in its third year this year. It is made up of lectures, workshops and discussion panels with members of the RIAM teaching staff and other musical experts from outside of the RIAM. The idea is to provide teachers with an opportunity to meet up with their peers from all over the country, to engage with RIAM staff and to ask questions and come up with new ideas that will enhance their own teaching. It has become the highlight of the Teaching Network calendar for me and I am delighted to see that so many of our previous conference delegates are returning again this year.

The conference this year focuses on teaching music in the 21st century. We have a workshop on teaching pre-instrumental music, sessions on choosing repertoire for recitals and competitions, a workshop on setting up a school band or orchestra and much, much more! If you would like to book a place, you can do that online through our events page. If you would like to know about the previous conferences, you can see details of the past programmes here:

Presentations from the Teaching Network Conference 2015

Presentations from the Teaching Network Conference 2016

I hope to see some of you in June!

Jenny O'Connor-Madsen

Dr Jenny O'Connor-Madsen is a previous senior examiner with RIAM. She completed her degree, masters and PhD in music at NUIMaynooth. She has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally and has published several articles on her research on Women and Music in Ireland.


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