Music Literacy Study Day 15th July 2020
We are delighted to announce that the Study Day has been rescheduled. It will now be an online event. Please put the date in your diary. It is an opportunity to hear about and discuss questions relating to music literacy and, with your permission, contribute to our research: ‘Questioning the gap: defining a role for the SMA in preparing students for music degrees in higher education today.’ This day will be of interest to anyone who teaches or studies music in any sector or otherwise has a stake in the need for music literacy, however that is defined.

The event is free but you will need to register your interest in attending in order to receive the link for the online conference. Simply email Olly (

9.30-10 Pre-session check for all attendees.
10–10.20 Welcome and introduction to the day
10.20-10.40 Keynote – Julian Horton ‘Musical Literacy and the University Curriculum: The Knowledge Gap and Its Contexts.’
11.00–12.00 Breakout rooms
1.     What is music literacy? What is the language of music that underpins music literacy?
2.     What are essential components of music education that we shouldn’t lose (a) in schools and (b) in universities?
3.     What would the curriculum for a progressive music literacy programme from primary to secondary school to post-compulsory and higher education look like?
12-1 Break
1.00–1.20 Keynote – Rebecca Berkley ‘Classroom Musicianship: Facilitating Leadership Skills in Trainee Music Teachers.’
1.20–2.20 Breakout rooms
4.     How might schools and university music departments collaborate to support music literacy?
5.     What resources would you recommend for developing music literacy and what further resources might be useful?
2.30-3.00 Beyond the project. Majella Boland – music literacy in Ireland.
3.00–3.30 Plenary.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Study Day.
For further information, please contact Hilary (
To register, please email Olly (