Teacher Talk

It’s back – an acclaimed series of training opportunities for teachers and musicians!

Saturday 20th April, 12.30-2.30pm

Vocal workshop with Lin Marsh

for primary, secondary or singing teachers, or anyone interested in storytelling through voice

£20 (£15 for affiliated teachers)

Tickets available now from Little Box Office

This will be a very practical workshop exploring the whole voice as a singing/speaking/communicating resource. We will discover the wonderful variety of vocal colours possible, look at effective warm-ups and explore bringing a song to life with movement and drama.

You will learn how to use your voice for different singing styles and, above all, understand how to use the voice healthily and safely whether for singing or speaking.

Lin Marsh has worked extensively in music education in all sectors, and with organisations such as the London Mozart Players, Birmingham Symphony Hall Education, The Royal Opera House Education department, Glyndebourne Education, Opera North and British Youth Music Theatre UK. As a voice specialist, Lin works throughout the country and abroad, running courses for teachers on singing, performance and composing skills, and directs many choral events for all key stages as well as adjudicating festivals. Her songbook series for secondary and primary schools “Songscape” and “Junior Songscape” are published by Faber Music along with many other vocal works. The latest, “Songscape World” for KS2/3 came out in 2023. Lin worked as Advisory teacher of Music in Oxfordshire for 10 years and is regularly invited to contribute to National education events such as The National and Scottish Association of Music Educators conferences and organisations such as The Association of British Choral Directors, Schools Music Association, MTA and Youth Music. She has recently been working for the British Council as a World Voice Trainer in Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus and Ethiopia.

Autumn Term 2024 – (Saturday, date tbc)


Conducting with Chris I’Anson (RAF Director of Music)

for any interested would-be conductor!

£30 (£23 for affiliated teachers)

Participants can watch or, better still, play in the ensemble – a great vantage point from which to observe and learn. Everyone who wants it will have some podium time. Learn how to get the best from your group at all levels, including:

  • Getting players to engage with the conductor
  • Warmups
  • Starting the sound, counting in
  • Influencing and shaping the sound – dynamics, articulation, phrasing, balance
  • Physical gesture versus spoken instruction
  • Baton technique
  • Use of language (musical rather than technical)
  • Rehearsal technique
  • When to do more and when to do less

Chris I’Anson has been conducting bands, orchestras and ensembles for over 25 years. He has conducted players at every level from beginner bands, with everyone in their first few months of learning an instrument, through to high calibre professional military bands playing in major concert halls, recordings and broadcasts. He has been guest conductor of many community bands and was the Musical Director of the Chiltern Concert Band for over 6 years. One of his favourite musical experiences in recent years has been conducting a Junior Symphony Orchestra every Saturday morning at Chiltern Music Academy. As a teacher he has had many pupils who have gone on to study and have successful careers in music; something from which he takes a great deal of pride but only a little of the credit. In 2001, he won the Yamaha Scottish Instrumental Teacher of the Year Award, receiving a personal development grant with which he attended the Mid-West Music Conference in Chicago. Chris joined the Royal Air Force in 2003 and was a percussionist in the Central Band of the RAF for 10 years, performing in venues all over the world, regularly featuring as a xylophone and marimba soloist. Commissioned as a Director of Music in 2013, Chris has been fortunate to have been Director of Music of all 3 of the full-time Regular Bands of the RAF – the Central Band of the RAF, the Band of the RAF College and the Band of the RAF Regiment – and is hugely privileged to have conducted at State Ceremonial events in the UK and at events around the world including France, India and the USA.

The Affiliated Teachers Scheme

The CMA Affiliated Teachers Scheme offers respected local music teachers a network of mutual support and promotion, including student referrals and CPD opportunities. We do not charge any fees for affiliation.

The scheme is for all music teachers – primary and secondary classroom teachers and heads of music, instrumental and singing teachers.

If you are interested in becoming affiliated to the CMA community,  please complete a simple online form HERE.

To ask any questions, or to find out more about CMA and our activities, just drop an email to the office. We can arrange for you to visit us on a Friday or Saturday to see how we may benefit your students, or to meet the CMA team and explore the possibility of working with us in the future.