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NYMAZ works through a range of delivery partners to deliver musically-inclusive activities with children in challenging circumstances across rural North Yorkshire. Our music leader workforce can often be working on different projects, on behalf of different partner organisations, with participant groups with very different characteristics and needs in disparate parts of this huge county. So how do we aim to reduce workforce isolation and create a shared understanding amongst music leaders of what constitutes high quality musically-inclusive practice?

Yorkshire Youth & Music's very own Director, Gail Dudson is going back to school herself this academic year. Well, nearly...

On Monday 4th July 2016, over 100 delegates including Early Years practitioners, teachers and music leaders, came together for SYEYM's conference Making Music in the Early Years. 

The day’s events included:

Keynote speech with Professor Colwyn Trevarthen Why Human Life is Musical, Especially in Early Years
Workshop led by Esther Sheridan: Making Musical Stories
Schools’ concerts Sing a Story led by Wigmore Hall’s John Webb, actor Charlotte Mafham and musicians. Attended by 600   children and 250 adults
A presentation on Music in the Round’s Soundplay project by Kate Thompson and Vanessa Johnson
An open forum with John Webb, Esther Sheridan and Prof. Colwyn Trevarthen
Stalls from national and local arts organisations including: Youth Music, NYMAZ, Sheffield Music Hub, Sheffield Music Academy and Babelsongs 



The day highlighted and produced a number of resources that would aid practitioners in bringing music into their settings to support all areas of development in the Early Years. These included: 

An investigation into our innate musicality by Prof. Colwyn Trevarthen
A resource pack fom Sing a Story all about using musical stories in your setting
A resource pack from the Soundplay project linking musical activities to areas of development in the EYFS
Videos with all the Soundplay project songs 

There are many more resources in our resource bank which are being added to all the time and can be found here   

We will also be producing a number of resources inspired by the day itself for practitioners to use in their settings. Like our Facebook page or join our mailing list to be the first to know when these are released. 

The day was hugely enjoyable and inspiring, but don't just take our word for it - have a look at this evaluation report to see delegate's feedback. 

The Northern Gamelan Network – led by the National Centre for Early Music’s Music4U programme, supported by Youth Music and Cape UK –  is a collection of partners from across the North of England, who are committed to developing their use of Indonesian bronze percussion (known as gamelan) for the benefit of the young people with whom they work. Gamelan is known to be an excellent art form for developing musical, social and personal skills.



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Record your music in a professional studio!

No experience necessary – you just need to be between 16 and 25 and not in education, employment or training.

Come for a taster and see what  Starplaya is all about!

Option to attend one of the dates below.

Dates- 11th,  13th, 15th and  18th July 2016


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The NCEM Young Composers Award 2016, presented in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and Theatre of the Ayre directed by lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, has been won by Alex Dakin in the 18 years and under category and by Kristina Arakelyan in the 19 to 25 years category.

As part of the NCEM's Music4U programme, in collaboration with Hull Music Hub and Bridgeview Whitehouse Sullivan Centre, young people in special education settings in Hull received a valuable opportunity to access regular ensemble music-making sessions, when a traditional Indonesian gamelan came to stay!

On 29 January 2016, Music Leaders working in the North Yorkshire area came together to share practice around the theme of 'improvisation in participatory music projects'. As an outcome from the session, NYMAZ has produced a resource in order to share some of the discussions from the day more widely.