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  • by AMWJ

    Mon 27 Mar 2017

This training scheme is a partnership project between Artists in Learning Northants and the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub (NMEH). Over 6 months music and arts practitioners took part in 4 workshops led by nationally and internationally recognised leading music practitioners. The focus was on developing reflective practice regarding musical and inclusive practice skills, see report attached for programme information and outcomes.

A great description of 'Little Music Makers' by one of the many parents who take their pre-school children to the group in East Chesterton, Cambridge. Both parents and children love the variety of musical activities that stimulate, enthuse and engage them all.

NewYVC, based at Stratford Circus Arts Centre in east London, is much more than a youth community choir. It holds a space for a hugely diverse representation of people, where they can connect, learn and grow. They can feel recognised and supported in a safe, joyful environment.                                                                                                       
Supported by Youth Music since 2012, the choir and associated massed singing programme NewYVC Unite has gone from strength to strength, reaching over 600 young people aged 10-25 and developing a solid singing community in east London. Here, NewYVC Musical Director Jane Wheeler shares a bit about the vision for the programme.

As part of the project evaluation process all schools within the project have created trees focusing learning taking place.

Bedlington to Ashington Building Brass Youth Music funded initiative is linking with both local Brass Bands and businesses in the North East of England to broaden to opportunities of it's participants through peer to peer learning and high level workshops.

No matter what is your level as a musician, beginner, pro or anywhere in between, there is an app for you. With hundreds of apps around, you are sure to find an app that will enchance your skills or maybe teach you new ones.

Having a established a successful music programme which is working with over 100 young people in Cambridge, Romsey Mill is looking at way that it can further support the young musicians, by setting up a social enterprise record label.

Cambridge has a reputation as a pre-eminent seat of learning and home to thriving high-tech compaines. It is also home to an increasing number of gifted young urban music artists, who are being given oportunities to nurture their talents thaks to local youth charity, Romsey Mill.

  • by ally

    Thu 23 Mar 2017 - 1 comment

Music in Mind is Rhythmix’s ongoing innovative music making programme for young people with mental health problems. It uses music making to enhance life chances and offers help to young people aged 11 to 25 years with mental health needs.

In October last year (2016), we ran one of our Musical Inclusion Conferences as part of our Northamptonshire Music Hub's Fund B project, Music Forge.

Whilst we have run several of these in the past, this one was special in that it built our exisiting relationship with colleagues from Goldsmith's College in London, but also initiated a new partnership with the University of Northampton as part of their Erasmus funded project: "Digital Learning Across Boundaries". Not only was this chance to share our work with our Hub partners but also brought in 50 arts education researchers and academics from universities across Europe. The day also ran in parallel with the Fun Palaces initiative.

Although it's been a few months since the conference, whilst my colleague, Louise Tyrrell, and I have been preparing our Second Interim Report for Youth Music, we thought the information we compiled at the time about the presenters was worthy of disseminating more widely..... so here it it!

If anyone is interested in the work and research of the presenters, do get in touch and we'll pass your contact details on. 

The conference was generously supported by funding from Youth Music, The Paul Hamyln Foundation, iTeach, and run in partnership with The University of Northampton, iTeach Fun Palaces and Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts. 

As part of the Edmonton Glee project 9 teachers from local schools attended Arts Award Assessor training Discover and Explore. Feedback from staff was extremely positive and now pupils can be supported to achieve Arts Award Accreditation.

National Charity, "Music For All" kindly donated some music instruments and amps for young people who attend the Beats, Bars and Banter project in  Rugby, Warwickshire. The music equipment will be used within the weekly workshops that take place every Thursday 4-6pm at Hill Street Youth Centre, Hill Street, Rugby. Young people will also be able to take home the acoustic guitars so they can continue to practice away from the workshops :) For more info on "Music for All" visit:

Also, here's a video of the first two weeks of the Rugby music sessions :) More will follow shortly...