World Music in the Classroom course at the SOAS World Music Summer School

World Music in the Classroom course at the SOAS World Music Summer School

Every summer SOAS offers an exciting summer school of worldwide music. The course programme is unique, varied and truly multi-cultural. If you work with students from middle primary to GCSE – and are passionate about music and cultures – this day course will give you ideas for composing, performing and listening activities, using music from a variety of world traditions.
Patrick Allen, author and award-winning school music teacher, has created and facilitates this course for teachers to use within the curriculum, and without resources. Please have a look at the SOAS website and information below for more details:

Free places available – Saturday 30 June 2018 – 10am to 4pm

This one day workshop is aimed at teachers of Key Stage 2, 3 and 4. You will learn how to incorporate world music techniques and content into your music lessons. Over the course of the day, author and award-winning school music teacher, Patrick Allen will take you through the following programme:

10 to 10.30am: Introduction – Short introductory presentation from Patrick Allen, covering:

  • His experience working with world music in a multicultural, multi-faith comprehensive school
  • Using techniques, structures and practices from World Music traditions to :
    a) develop musicality, performance skills, creativity and self-expression
    b) build cohesion in the classroom
  • Assessment techniques appropriate to world music traditions
  • How to channel and focus the musical cultures in your school and community
  • Overview of the day to come and intended outcomes

10.30 to 11.30: Composition (incorporating easy-to-grasp compositional techniques from oral musical cultures)

  • You will learn: Using scales, structures, practices and techniques from world music traditions to create accessible and enjoyable composition projects

11.30 – 12.30pm: Listening and analysis (how to listen to and describe music from non-western cultures)

  • You will learn: How to use listening activities to better understand musical techniques, purposes and cultures, and as an introduction to composing work and cross-curricular projects.

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch break

1.30 – 2.45: Performance: From classroom to choir (getting your class to sing)

  • You will learn: Songs from a variety of global cultures to use in your classroom and choir; how to develop simple and more complex part-singing

2.45 – 3.45pm: Wrap up and resources (websites, materials, publications and contacts of world musicians who can provide in-school workshops)

3.45 – 4pm: Certificates

At the end of the day, you will come away with three lesson plans tailored to the Key Stage group you work with, resources which will help you create world-inspired diversity and joy in your music lessons, and a certificate of participation.

Participation fee = £115 per person
Concessions (student teachers) = £95 per person

(these prices are based on a minimum of 10 participants taking part in the course)


Would you like a free place on this course? We are offering one free place to World Music in the Classroom! All you have to do to be entered into the prize-draw is like our page at and tell us:

  • your best musical warm up activity
  • your best music in the classroom story?
  • the one obscure resource you think can most benefit the classroom

Deadline is 30 April and we’ll let you know on 2 May if you have won the free place!

Further information

Patrick Allen has nearly 30 years experience as a school music teacher and head of department. He is the winner of a Pearson Teaching Award, and the TES Schoolbook Award for his book Singing Matters.  In 2015 he won the NUT/Music for Youth Teacher Award for his work with school choirs. As an Advanced Skills Teacher, he has been providing training for teachers since 1998, working for local authorities, universities, schools and music hubs. His youth music ensembles have performed for BBC radio, and recorded with Rihanna.

SOAS World Music Summer School

For the 16th year running, SOAS is opening its doors for a summer of world music. Intensive and inspiring courses, practical workshops, taster sessions and master classes for students of all backgrounds, beginners to advanced, amateur and professional. Take your pick!

You can also find out more about us and the other courses we are offering on social media!