Richard Jeffries – The Power of Singing

About the Session

Outline of presentation: Music Educator and Choral Conductor, Richard Jeffries, believes that music is for everyone and in everyone. His message is simple: the power of singing can harness learning as a whole – and is an essential ingredient in ALL music education.

Richard was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2019 to research how other countries use singing in educational settings and its impact. He visited Finland, USA and Canada to find the very best approaches to music education opportunities. How can the UK learn from other countries?

In this session he presents a video from the Finnish leg of his trip, highlighting how schools incorporate music in their much more creative approach to education as a whole. He will summarise his findings immediately after the video, where there will also be opportunities for questions.

About Richard

Richard Jeffries is a highly experienced music practitioner, who specialises in choral and vocal work, as well as classroom music. He also composes and arranges music for choirs. He is known for his infectious enthusiasm and an underlying belief that everyone should experience the joy of music. Working with children, young people and adults of all ages, his passion is evident, bringing a memorable music experience to all, whatever their ability. He works regularly with a team of music directors, accompanists and teachers.

Richard is in high demand as a vocal animateur, directing many vibrant choirs and leading workshops. He is Artistic Director of the Singing Community of Choirs, a choral organisation in The Midlands that boasts five choirs of varying ages from 4 to adult and supports schools with curriculum music.

In 2019 Richard was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, which enabled him to travel to Finland, America and Canada for two months to research the impact of music education on young people. Richard is now sharing and implementing his findings in webinars, workshops, talks and music training. He is a member of ISM and the Association of British Choral Directors. Find out more on his website: Richard tweets at @richmjeffries.

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