From teacher training, running masterclasses for emerging talent and projects with children and teenagers to professional performance and highly acclaimed world wide tours, we outreach to around 40,000 people each year, reach about 100,000 a year in live concert performances around the world and reach millions through radio and TV appearances and our social media channels.  Our published resources such as the VOCES8 Method, sheet music and song books are currently enjoyed in thousands of schools worldwide.

Innovatively Educating

The VCM education programme provides teacher training, a unique Young Leaders’ programme, residencies within schools and communities in the UK, France, Germany and the USA, as well as regular training and singing celebration events at our home in London, the Gresham Centre.  Click here to see an example of a typical successful project.

Engaging students of all ages to explore, develop and learn through music, we encourage people to develop academically, to grow as musicians, and to learn about leadership, self confidence and teamwork, but most of all we have a huge amount of fun! 

VCM has developed ‘The VOCES8 Method’, a new resource for teachers which links music with numeracy, literacy and linguistics, and has been translated into German, French and Japanese.

The innovative education programme, led by VOCES8 and Apollo5, reaches 40,000 young people annually, working in schools in the UK, Belgium, France, Sweden, Germany, the USA and Asia. 

The VOCES8 Method training sessions

Led by members of VOCES8, Apollo5 and the VCM team of workshop leaders, at your campus, church or at your school.  Contact us for further information.


Evaluation

VCM asked Professor Sue Hallam to evaluate 4 of its Young Leader Programmes.

VCM’s Young Leader Programme supports secondary school pupils aged 11 to 19 in learning how to lead a workshop that includes warm-ups, the VOCES8 Method and teaching songs to primary school children.

The VCM team helps the participants develop their leadership and teamwork skills as well as their confidence and musical skills. Download the entire report here: VCM Young Leader Evaluation by Professor Susan Hallam

The results of the evaluation were overwhelming positive. Highlights include:

  • 97% indicated that the training was successful in helping them to become a music leader.
  • 94% indicated that the project helped build their confidence.
  • 98% that it had helped to develop their leadership skills.
  • 96% that they enjoyed leading the workshop in the primary school
  • 92% that the impact on leadership and teamwork skills would continue after the project.
  • The Young Leaders reported that the programme had:

  • enhanced the range and quality of their musical and performance skills;
  • improved their confidence, communication and leadership skills;
  • positively enhanced their musical aspirations with some indicating that they might pursue a musical or teaching career; and
  • increased the likelihood that in the long-term they would engage in more singing and a cappella activities.

 

Professor Susan Hallam

Dr Susan Hallam is Emerita Professor of Education and Music Psychology at the UCL Institute of Education. She was awarded an MBE in the 2015 new year’s honours list.

She is the author of numerous books on education and has also published several books in relation to music education and music psychology including  The Power of Music; Music Psychology in Education; and The impact of actively making music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people: A research synthesis.