Sound Teaching Workshops on Expression, communication and creativity in music performance

12 October 2019

11 am - 4.15 pm

Location: Jessop Building, Department of Music, The University of Sheffield
34 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD

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This one day of workshops aims to bring together music teachers and researchers to reflect on and explore ways in which music teaching practices can be enhanced. Special theme of the day is the development of expressive and creative music performance in solo and ensemble contexts. The workshops are led by researchers who have investigated musical learning as part of their PhD research. The workshops are a means to gain insight into the research and explore its implications with practitioners. 

We are excited about hosting this second Sound Teaching conference and invite you to register and participate in the workshops, which are free of charge. For those of you who attended last year, the workshops are a development of a selection of last years’ workshop. You are welcome to attend again. 

Note: We would like to invite you to bring your instrument, so you can join in with the workshops. A piano is available for pianists. 


11.00 - 11.10


Renee Timmers

11.10 - 12.00

Improvising in western classical repertoire

Jonathan Ayerst 

12.00 - 12.50

Communicating abstract concepts through sound and body

Shen Li

12.50 - 14.00

Lunch break 

14.00 - 14.50

Dialogic teaching for expressive music performance - action research

Henrique Meissner

14.50 - 15.40

Ensemble rehearsal communication and group dynamics

Nicola Pennill 

15.40 - 16.15

Plenary discussion: Perspectives on teaching expression and creativity in music performance

Renee Timmers  

Registration form (Google Form link)

Sound Teaching Conference Booklet 

Sound Teaching Conference Flyer


 The workshop is organised by the Music, Mind, Machine research centre and supported by a Faculty of Art & Humanities Arts Enterprise grant.