ICMP tutor Rachel Cooper and her work with the Benedetti Foundation has been celebrated as part of an event series.  

ICMP runs an internal programme of seminars, exploring the Research, Scholarly and Professional Practice (RSPP) of various members within the teaching faculty.

Rachel’s session, ‘Finding Community In Isolation: The Benedetti Foundation’, saw her discussing her work with the organisation and specifically what she has done during the pandemic to support music making for young children, parents and teachers online.

In May 2020 the foundation, an educational music charity founded by virtuosic violinist Nicola Benedetti, launched their Virtual Sessions. This online music project saw more than 7,000 participants from across the world. 

Professor Louise Jackson, ICMP’s Associate Dean, curates the seminar series. Commenting on Rachel’s invitation to host a seminar, she said: 

Rachel is an exemplary music educator - she works across genres and age ranges and is committed to promoting inclusive practice. Her work with the foundation has been wonderful to observe. "

“We want to provide opportunities to ICMP faculty members to share their work with others, and this is a lovely example of the way in which the artistic and creative community worked during the past year to find resourceful and enjoyable ways to stay connected.”

Rachel Cooper said: “Since joining ICMP in September I have observed a huge commitment to music education pedagogy and ensuring our students are informed and exposed to quality practice. 

I was delighted to be asked to share my work with the Benedetti Foundation which is constantly evolving and developing to accommodate our world's changing circumstances. I felt it was important to share this education initiative in order to showcase the importance of adaptation, constant evaluation and excellence in music education.”

Previously, as part of the RSPP series, Ben Jones (BMus Popular Music Performance Programme Leader) discussed his work on developing approaches to teaching music theory and Shane Beales (BA Songwriting Programme Leader) introduced us to his research processes. 

ICMP Dean and Director Professor Tony Harris’ inaugural seminar saw him exploring the work of Cornelius Cardew and the impact of this on his work in music education.

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