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Trinity Laban's music Learning & Participation team are working in partnership with Ark Evelyn Grace Academy to research how cultural organisations can work in partnership with schools to support young people to progress in their music making, funded by Youth Music.  We are now at the midway point of our funding and are reflecting on the activity of 2017 to inform activities planned for 2018.

Stan is a Rep volunteer - a young aspiring music-head who just did what most music journalists can only dream of. Stan spent 80 minutes with Damon Albarn and Remi Kabaka (AKA Gorillaz). This is how it happened from Stans perspective.

The Roma Bridging Sounds Orchestra (RBSO) is the first Roma Youth Orchestra in the UK. Created by Newham Music in 2015, the RBSO has just started its third season after receiving a year of a funding from Youth Music in 2016/17. 

The Roma Bridging Sounds Orchestra (RBSO) is the first Roma Youth Orchestra in the UK. Created by Newham Music in 2015, the RBSO has just started it's third season after receiving a year of a funding from Youth Music in 2016/17. 

“In the UK, over the last 10 – 15 years, the quantity and range of music for babies and very young children has expanded considerably.  But standards of practice have not kept pace with this rapid expansion and remain worryingly low.  The reason is clear.  Early childhood music specialists are not required to have any form of prior qualification to practise.  We expect degree level qualifications to lead music with all other age groups – but for some reason accept the fact that for children below the age of five, we do not require music educators to have any kind of prior, professional preparation.” 
– Dr Susan Young

Carrie Lennard is an SEN music teacher at St Ann’s School in Ealing and creator of The Improvise Approach, an innovative educational tool to support music making with SEN children.  Below she shares her thoughts on technology, the challenges facing music practitioners in SEN and creating change in the curriculum.

Wired4Music is the network for 16-25 years olds all interested in music and living in London, hosted by Sound Connections. Members can sign up quickly and easily via the Wired4Music website, and the Sound Connections team work closely with these individuals and groups to empower their music projects and ideas.

Earlier this year we were excited to award Wired4Music member Jacob Roberts-Mensah a place on our Generate programme, with a bursary and mentoring support to run his own music project.

Reflections on what went well, things we learnt, and things to develop

Demonstrating impact is a hot topic. Terms such as outcomes framework, Theory of Change, Cost Benefit Analysis, causality and soft versus hard outcomes are increasingly commonplace and it can be overwhelming figuring out what this all means and how it applies to you. In music education evidencing impact is often a complicated business, and funders require different types of evaluation.

The Tri-borough Music Hub in London is leading a collaborative project to improve music-making provision for children aged 0-5. Tri-Music Together is offering training opportunities for teachers and music leaders working in Early Years settings (nursery schools; children’s centres; private, voluntary and independent nurseries) across the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster. It’s aiming to provide a joined-up approach to Early Years music-making in the area.

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    Wed 22 Feb 2017

Why should I participate at WKMT London Music Festival 11.03?