Wed 2nd May 2012, Kingston University
Admission: FREE




A day-long conference focusing on the essential skills and attributes music students and graduates need to equip themselves with, in order to make music and to sustain a career in music the 21st century. The conference will have a strong pedagogic focus, with the aim of uniting the music industry and academic community in order to promote critical discussion in relation to enhancing the teaching of music in Higher Education, the design and content of HE music curricula, and the ‘future-proofing’ of those who aspire to a career in music.

During the morning, papers will be presented by academics and music industry professionals, and will focus on the challenges of teaching composition, performance and music production today. A keynote speech focusing on artists' rights and copyright will be made in the afternoon by Sandie Shaw.

A round table discussion will follow this, the panel comprising music academics, music students, recording artists and record producers, with an opportunity for questions from the audience. Prior to the conference, there will be a call for posters from early career researchers, which will be displayed throughout the day, with opportunity to interact with delegates during the drinks reception.

The day will conclude with a performance from British rock band, Moke, who are releasing their latest album through a new and innovative method of funding.

The conference will be open to academics, music industry professionals and the student community. The intended outcomes of the day include the development of a network or Special Interest Group supporting further work in this area; recommendations for improving the curriculum; and ensuring students are better prepared with regard to employability.

For further information, please contact







Early career researchers

Kingston University London