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At the heart of English folk

Folk Educators Group

The Folk Educators Group is the national networking group for folk arts educators from across England and beyond. Established by EFDSS in March 2011, the Group is a rapidly growing network committed to promoting high quality folk arts education and supporting the practitioners who deliver it.

It exists to provide peer information and support, and to encourage dialogue with the wider worlds of culture, learning and participation. The Folk Educators Group also offers other organisations a platform through which to consult, or inform, a committed group of folk arts educators.

The Folk Educators Group is for all practitioners involved in folk arts education in any context including those working in schools, with youth groups, in adult learning and/or community settings. Although aimed at folk arts educators in England, practitioners from across the UK and beyond are welcome to join.

"I'm very impressed by the strength and breadth of knowledge shown by the many passionate, talented and dedicated folk music practitioners. It feels like, while there may be challenges ahead for traditional education, there are many great educators ready to take things on board!"

Pete Taylor, Singing Project Coordinator, Sheffield Music Hub 

Folk Education Development Days

We run three FREE Folk Education Development Days a year. These are dedicated full day events packed with professional development opportunities, information sharing and networking. They take place at different locations around the country to enable as many different people as possible to attend. The Folk Education Development Days are for anyone who is working in or interested in folk arts learning and participation. 

Next Folk Education Development Day

Wednesday 19 June 2019, 10am-5pm
(registration, refreshments and networking 10–11am)

Free, but please book in advance

Hosted by Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary's Street, Stamford PE9 2DL

Co-chaired by Jo Freya (folk artist, composer and educator) and Kerry Fletcher (FEG Co-ordinator)

The theme for the day is: Composition and Creativity with Folk.

Jo Freya, will lead a song writing session and tell us about her work as a freelance folk artist, composer and educator; Lincolnshire Music Service’s Chris Rogers, Operational Manager, String Co-ordinator and Early Years Co-ordinator will talk about his folk–rock band for 10-15 year olds, and his creative approach to arranging folk tunes, with a practical workshop for instrumentalists; Nikki-Kate Heyes, Founder and CEO of SoundLINCS will give an overview of their work, including the map of folk activity they have developed; Peter Barnard, Founder of Awaken Village Interest in Dance (AVID) will talk about getting rural communities dancing, also with a short workshop; there will be an update from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) with Sarah Jones, Programme Manager of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, and Rachel Elliott, Education Director, on EFDSS’ Education work across the country; Carol Dawson of The North Lincolnshire Youth Folk Ensemble will tell us about the Folklincs project; and finally, there will be a discussion about including non-traditional instruments, and what that means in terms of perceptions and opportunities, both in the folk music and other genres, led by Jo Freya and Sarah Jones. Heloise Davies, Relationship Manager, Music & Music Education Hubs, Arts Council England, Midlands, will be attending to give information about Arts Council Project Grants, in particular the recently launched the Grassroots live music fund

Having been enthused by the speakers' presentations, there will be the opportunity for networking and sharing of ideas.

There will be practical sessions in music making and dance so please do bring instruments if you have them.

Book now    Download the Agenda

Past events

To see where past Folk Education Development Days have taken place and read reviews of the days please visit our dedicated web page Past Folk Education Development Days .


Join the Folk Educators Group

Membership of the Group and attendance at the Folk Education Development Days is free. As a member you can access the members’ only Facebook site, which allows you to share good practice, advertise job opportunities and get in touch with other members.  

To register, please complete the online registration form

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