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The British Council's World Voice programme trains teachers to use singing in the classroom to develop a child’s musicality, enhance learning across the curriculum and learn about the world and other cultures through song.

As part of the 2019 UK - Russia Year of Music, UK Trainer Richard Frostick will work with Russian primary and secondary school teachers to introduce them to World Voice techniques that support language learning and creative classroom and behaviour management through song. 

The Russian partner for the programme is Letovo School, a new and innovative non-for-profit school located near Moscow. This is the first time World Voice has been taught in Russia, having been taught in fifteen other countries and benefited over 8,000 teachers and over 500,000 children around the world.

The first World Voice workshops took place from 12 to 14 March 2019. The second workshop took place from 2 to 4 October 2019 for a group of 20-30 teachers. And the third workshop will take place from 11 to 13 February 2020. 

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Photo by Alexander Kovalevich

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Photo by Alexander Kovalevich 

More about the first workshop

The first workshop took place from 12 to 14 March 2019 at Letovo School.

The workshop was attended by 20 primary teachers and 30 students. Throughout the workshop, the participants explored different singing techniques and vocal exercises as well as learned several songs in different languages. They also talked about how singing influences the study of foreign languages and other cultures and traditions as well as discussed the ways to use music to introduce interactive elements in class. 

More about the second workshop

The second workshop took place from 2 to 4 October for a group of 20-30 teachers, among whom there were those who would like to become World Voice trainers were encouraged to take a lead.

Richard Frostick, World Voice trainer, also gave an open workshop to introduce the methodology to a wider audience as part of the Study UK: Discover You fair. 

The third workshop at Letovo School

In February 2020 World Voice Artistic Richard Frostick will lead a further series of training sessions for primary and secondary teachers. The main aim of this third visit will be to train the participants in the planning and delivery of World Voice workshops so that they can continue to implement the programme in their schools independently and to train other teachers in the techniques.

As in the previous workshops, participants will receive training in the use of age-appropriate World Voice techniques in their classroom and explore a range of different pedagogic approaches.  In addition, they will be expected to take more of a lead in the decision-making processes used in the preparation of World Voice training programmes.

This third series of workshops will take place on the 11, 12 and 13 February in Letovo School in Moscow. The seminar will be in English with simultaneous translation.  There will be three groups of participants:

  • students from the school;
  • teachers and other professionals who have attended the earlier workshops (they will receive a home task before the workshop);
  • teachers and other professionals who are completely new to the programme.

In order to ensure that each group receives the maximum benefit from the training, the workshops will be arranged in the following way. In the morning sessions one half of the student participants will attend and in the afternoon the other half.  Each day will begin with a one-hour workshop for all participants, led by Richard Frostick.  In the other workshops there will be some small group work where teachers and students will work on the planning of workshop activities.  Then the participants will be invited to teach their songs and activities to the whole group.

The training is most appropriate for secondary teachers of music, English and foreign languages.   It is important to have participant teachers who have volunteered to be involved and who are actively seeking to use radical and creative techniques in their classroom and are open to trying them out. They do not have to be very experienced singers, just willing to try out new techniques.

Secondary school pupils will be involved throughout the three days.  The seminar participants will be provided with all the necessary materials in addition to the songs that they themselves will bring. The organisers of the seminar do not cover accommodation and transport for the participants from other cities.

For more information please contact Lidia Khesed at Lidia.khesed@britishcouncil.org