Faber Music Academy: Continuing Professional Development (2-day short course)

Faber Music Academy: Continuing Professional Development (2-day short course)
Inspirational music educationalist and author Paul Harris leads this 2-day training event in collaboration with the Musicians’ Union for all-round professional development. Learn how to make teaching work for you with experts from the MU and benefit from Paul’s immense experience, knowledge and research through seminar sessions, panel discussion and break out groups. Explore a range of innovative music teaching techniques with all sorts of practical strategies and inspiring ideas for making lessons engaging, imaginative and creative for both teacher and pupil.


Date and venue:

Saturday 15th February, Sunday 16th February 2014, 10am-4:30pm
Faber Music Event Space, Bloomsbury House 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA

Key topics covered:

  • The Virtuoso Teacher: Based on Paul’s latest ground-breaking book, Paul Harris delves into the core issues of being a teacher and the teaching process. By considering the qualities of the Virtuoso Teacher and how a teacher might attain virtuoso status, this session encourages everyone to consider themselves in a new light and transform their teaching. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Paul's new book, The Virtuoso Teacher (RRP £9.99) to take away with them!


  • Simultaneous Learning: Paul’s signature concept of Simultaneous Learning is an exciting, imaginative and holistic approach which encourages students to learn effectively and independently. This inherently practical way of teaching allows you, as the teacher, to get the best out of your pupils and include all the core skills within a standard lesson time.


  • How to build your Teaching Practice: The Musicians’ Union presents this invaluable session on setting up and developing your teaching business, packed full of handy hints and tips to take away and apply to your own practice.


  • Improve Your Sight-reading!: Learn how to help students understand the process of sight-reading and develop fluency, accuracy and confidence to gain valuable extra marks in exams.


  • Practice makes perfect… or does it?: Motivate your pupils to get the best out of time between lessons by improving the quality and effectiveness of practice. Paul Harris challenges and dispels a number of presently held opinions and offers a wealth of ideas and strategies to bring a greater understanding to all of how to best use those precious hours.
This course is aimed at anyone working in music education including private and peripatetic teachers, or those considering a music teaching career.

About the course leader:

Paul Harris has established an international reputation as one of the world’s leading music educationalists. As a composer and writer he has over six hundred publications to his name; among them The Music Teacher's Companion (which won the UK Music Industry Award for Best New Book), and the best-selling Improve Your Scales!, Improve Your Practice!, Improve Your Aural! and Improve Your Sight-Reading! series, through which he has assisted thousands of young players worldwide to develop vital musical skills.
Paul's innovative teaching techniques, especially his concept of Simultaneous Learning, have found support all over the world and combine thoroughness, imagination and practicality; the defining qualities of his outstandingly successful work. His best-selling Improve Your Teaching series of handbooks have become essential reading for instrumental teachers and his latest seminal book, The Virtuoso Teacher, was launched in March 2012 and has already received excellent reviews. He has also co-authored three major biographies of the British composers and is also a gifted composer himself, writing appealing music for players of all abilities and ages. Paul also writes regularly for many of the major international music magazines, including Music Teacher, BBC Music Magazine, the ABRSM's Libretto, and the American ICA Journal.
A highly respected senior examiner and trainer, Paul is in great demand as a workshop and seminar leader and adjudicator in the UK, the USA and the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.  He is frequently asked to take part in national events including the Chamber Music for Schools Competition, Music for Youth, the BBC Young Musician of the Year and he is a regular judge for Classic FM's teacher of the year.


Introductory ‘early bird’ price £150 +VAT if you book by Monday 16th December. Normal price £195+VAT.


Click here to download the booking form and return this with your payment to the address provided. If you have any further questions about the course, please email academy@fabermusic.com. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Faber Music reserves the right to cancel this event if there is insufficient take-up. Notice will be given by 17th January. Please note that no compensation will be given for transport costs booked before this date.



The Musicians’ Union represents over 30,000 professional musicians across the whole of the UK with over two thirds of the membership working in education as part of a portfolio of work. The MU has a bespoke education department to support its members who teach alongside providing a package of benefits and services to cover all aspects of a musicians’ work. To find out more about the MU visit www.themu.org
Faber Music Ltd was founded in 1965, as a sister company to the distinguished book publisher Faber and Faber, for the principal purpose of publishing the music of Benjamin Britten. It now enjoys a world-wide reputation as one of the leading independent British publishers of classical, contemporary, media, and printed pop and educational music. At the core of Faber Music's ethos is a commitment to encouraging excellence in education through resources and training. It has built up a reputation for delivering high-quality training through workshops and masterclasses with Faber’s composers, all of whom are leading educationalists, and providing the tools for teachers to develop their expertise. Faber Music’s sales catalogue offers tutors, repertoire and educational publications by world-renowned figures in their respective fields, including Fanny Waterman, Paul Harris, Mary Cohen and Pam Wedgwood. The catalogue also includes a wealth of high-quality publications meeting the needs of musicians in professional, teaching and recreational environments. To find out more about Faber Music, click here

MusicTeachers.co.uk is a free service which aims to support musicians in every aspect of education and performance. We are the leading online service of its kind for UK music teachers, and we help thousands of people every week find a music teacher and music lessons which are right for them. Music teachers and pupils alike will find our music education resources extremely helpful - these include free music games online, A-Level music revision, printable manuscript paper, and loads more. Click here to find out more about MusicTeachers.co.uk.