The Head of Music's Toolkit

John Kelleher is leading a course for heads of music in London on 21 October.

About the course

This is a one day course for new and aspiring Heads of Music covering practical strategies to lead a successful music department. 

Participants will walk away with a customised development plan for your music department, created with input from the course leader.

Date: Wednesday 21 October 2015

Location: Central London (venue to be confirmed)

Fee: £200 including refreshments and lunch

Course content

This course will cover:

  • Leading and supporting your team
  • Managing instrumental and vocal lessons
  • Planning concerts, trips and tours
  • Working with your senior leadership team
  • Making the most of data
  • Where to find further support and guidance

Delegates are welcome to request any additional topics they would like covered. Please send any such requests to at least one week before the course.

Resources provided

  • Checklists covering all aspects of leading a school music department, including planning concerts, trips and tours
  • Templates for essential elements of a Head of Music’s role, including peripatetic timetables, coursework trackers and schemes of work
  • A music department development plan created with input from the course leader


  • 09.30 Arrival: Registration and refreshments
  • 10.00 Stepping Up: What does an outstanding Head of Music do?
  • 11.00 Coffee and networking
  • 11.20 Musical Cultures: How do you put music at the heart of your school?
  • 12.40 Lunch
  • 13.40 Change Management: How do you drive continuous improvement?
  • 14.40 Coffee and Q&A
  • 15.00 Development Plan: What will your music department sound like next year?
  • 15.30 Close

How to register

Visit the course website