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Sing a Portrait

English Touring Opera and the National Portrait Gallery collaborate once again to hold a professional development day for primary teachers this summer term, focusing on using music and portraiture in classroom teaching.

Unlock the creative power of portraiture and music for your primary pupils

Building on eight years of successful collaboration, this one-day CPD workshop explores the methodology behind the ‘Sing a Portrait’ Key Stage 2 workshops run by the National Portrait Gallery and English Touring Opera. Learn how to use a portrait to ignite your primary pupils’ creativity. The ‘Sing a Portrait’ workshops respond to a single portrait, and follow the paths of the pupils’ curiosity, helping them to create and perform their own musical composition. Discover strategies to support cross-curricular work bringing art, history and literacy together with music.

Working with a top professional composer/animateur from English Touring Opera, learning staff from the National Portrait Gallery, and a musician from the Royal Academy of Music, CPD day participants take part in a collaborative music workshop culminating in a performance of their new composition in the Gallery spaces. The day will be inspiring, creative, collaborative and fun.

Sing a Portrait CPD

  • Discover the rich potential of NPG collections to support learning across the curriculum
  • Methodology employs effective ‘talk for learning’ strategies to promote pupil discussion
  • Inclusive and open-ended possibilities of musical collaboration
  • Flexible multi-modal approach, inclusive for all learners including EAL / SEN

Learn how to help your pupils

  • Increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement
  • Look at and respond to portraiture
  • Use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others
  • Develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures, and reproducing sounds from aural memory

Curriculum areas covered

Art – Evaluate and analyse creative work, discover the artist’s creative choices in portraying the personality and life of the sitter
Literacy – Pupils learn how to ‘read’ a portrait, develop skills of inference, giving evidence and reasoned justification for views
Writing – composition, draft and write, evaluate and edit, assess suggestions and improvements
History – learn about the life and representation of a significant individual
Music – singing, musical styles, composition

Enhance your pupil’s skills

Working collaboratively
Listening and speaking skills

This event costs £40 per teacher for the day, including handouts. Lunch is not provided. Participating teachers will also receive a discount on tickets to ETO’s operas in the Spring 2015 season.

In partnership with:

Showing At

  1. National Portrait Gallery
    25th Jun 2015 - 10:30 am
  1. National Portrait Gallery — 25th Jun 2015 - 10:30 am

    St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Showing At

  1. National Portrait Gallery
    25th Jun 2015 - 10:30 am

Your Comments

  1. We saw this week's 'Sing a Portrait' at the NPG last Wednesday. Absolutely uplifting, the best hour I've had in weeks. Great staff, great children.
    Will there be another session in 2017 - the website seems to stop in 2015!
    Best wishes,
    Dr Paul Mahon

    Said Dr Paul Machon at 07:54am on 28th May 2016

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