The London Music & Drama Education Expo, Europe’s largest conference and exhibition for anyone involved in music & drama education, will be back 6-7 March 2019!

We are delighted to announce that Take it away will be at stand I18 throughout the event. Our team will be talking to music educators and hub leaders about our interest-free finance scheme and how we help parents to get the best possible instrument for their child.

A stand that is promoting "Take It Away" by offering flyers, leaflets, pens and sweets.

Take it away will be at stand I18 throughout the conference, with information and goodies!

Full conference programme

We are also looking to connect with any disabled musicians and educators working with disabled people, as part of our Increasing Access to Music Making project. In 2018, we formed a consortium with OHMI, Drake Music, OpenUp Music and Youth Music with the aim of making musical instruments more widely available to aspiring musicians across the UK, you can read about the project here.

The annual conference takes place in Manchester in London and provides a forum to discuss the issues facing music educators and policymakers, as well as a fair where new educational tools and products make their debut.

Highlights in the conference programme this year include:

Collaborative Approaches for Supporting and Celebrating Creativity in Children & Young People with Additional Needs  6 March, 11.40 am – 12.25pm

Music Therapists and a Community Musician from Chiltern Music Therapy have been working across colleges for the last two years, providing music therapy and DJ workshops for young people and post-16 transition services. This workshop presents some of the more unique and unconventional activities that have proven to be particularly effective.

Ofsted | The Fundamental Importance of the Arts with Susan Aykin  7 March (please check times)

HM Inspector and National Lead for Visual and Performing Arts Susan Aykin will talk about the fundamental importance of the arts in a school’s curriculum alongside the new inspection framework.

Using the Xbox 360 Controller as an Accessible Musical Instrument with Rebecca Colcasure  6 March, 1.45 – 2.30pm

Configuring an Xbox 360 Controller with Apollo Ensemble Software creates an accessible musical instrument for children with a wide range of disabilities. This seminar will offer an insight into how you can adapt existing technology/switches and create educational music in a truly affordable way.

Keynote speech and fireside chat with violinist Nicola Benedetti  6 March, 11.05am – 12 pm

Nicola will discuss her own experience of music education, her career highlights and advice for budding musicians.

Health and Wellbeing for Instrumental/Vocal Teachers  6 March, 3.45 – 4.30pm

With the Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians, the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine and Musicians’ Hearing Services will be on hand to give insights and practical advice.

Choosing the Right Methods and Resources for Successful Instrumental Teaching with Madeliene Casson  7 March, 10.10 – 10.55am

Explore, experience and discuss successful methods and resources to teach a musical instrument, reflecting on the impact the quality of the music has on motivating and inspiring students to play and how rhythmic word patterns aid learning through repetition and small steps.

Sensory India! – A SEND Project Using iPads to Explore Creativity and Musicianship  6 March, 3.45 – 4.30pm

Using iPad technology for learners with multiple and complex challenges. Journey to India as you explore the five senses through scales and patterns, saris and authentic instruments, the feel of silk and water vapour, scents of incense and spices and the flavours of flatbread and coconut oil.


We look forward to seeing you at this year’s expo. If you’d like to get in touch ahead of the event, please email us.

Music and Drama Education Expo 6 & 7 March 2019, Olympia London

Register for your free place