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Sound Control is an action research project that NMPAT (Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust) is running in partnership with the Computing Department at Goldsmiths University of London. The goal of the project is to collaborate with children and young people with special needs and disabilities in designing, developing and building bespoke digital musical instruments personalised for their unique needs.

On Thursday 19th October, we ran our first major Musical Inclusion SEN/D Conference scheduled as part of our current Youth Music Fund B project, “Music Forge”. The conference was designed to showcase the full range of our musical inclusion activities along with SEN/D projects being delivered by some of our Hub Delivery Partners. The target audience consisted of school teachers and music/arts specialists working within special schools and DSP units across Northamptonshire and Rutland (NB: NMPAT is the lead organisation for both the Northamptonshire and Rutland Music Education Hubs). 

First Notes is soundLINCS’ exciting music resource app for use in Early Years (EY) settings or by parents and carers at home – especially those without any previous experience of music. It’s packed full of exercises and activities designed to suit all ability levels to help with a child’s development in and outside of music.

Working on the Concept days mixed old skills with new, the young people all seemed enthusiastic and keen to learn, their experience ranging from those with developing passions for music, though those wanting to build on school music classes, to some who had little experience at all.

In January of this year I was given the chance to work as an intern for pedestrian. This wasn’t the first internship I had undertaken in an educational facility but it was the first time I would be working with the students and not behind the scenes as a technician.

An account from one of our Assistant Music Leaders on the Evolve project and how they progressed initially over the Music Residency week and accreditation and then over the course of the programme.

  • 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.

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. 

We’re delighted to release the final report of findings from Pedestrian’s Little Music Stars, a project aiming to test digital music making technology in Early Years music practice. Pedestrian’s Little Music Stars was delivered between September 2014 and June 2016 and sought to work with 0-5 year olds and their parents through digital music making technology.

Programme Facilitator Intern George recently came to the end of his six month internship with soundLINCS as part of the Creative Employment Programme. Here he shares his journey of combining facilitation and office life.

On Wednesday 15th June, the final session in soundLINCS’ series of three training workshops in partnership with the Child Learning and Development Advisory Centre (CLADAC) took place. The first two sessions, ‘Build a Brain – Early Years’ and ‘The Teenage Brain’, focused on the development of the human brain in both young children and teenagers, with an emphasis on how these age groups can be supported during these important stages of their lives. The content of the final session, ‘Impact on Arts and Creativity’, shifted more towards the workforce development of those working within the Arts and discussed ways in which the neuro-science of creative practice can be implemented in their daily roles supporting Children and Young People (C&YP). Once again led by Jo Stockdale of CLADAC, delegates attending included soundLINCS Core Staff and Music Facilitators as well as frontline, supervisory and management staff from Lincolnshire County Council’s Children’s Services Department.

soundLINCS recently hosted the second in a series of three training sessions in partnership with the Child Learning and Development Advisory Centre (CLADAC). Led by Jo Stockdale of CLADAC, these sessions are designed to give an insight into the human brain and how it develops from birth to adulthood. After seeing Jo present at our annual soundLINCS Conference in 2015, we were thrilled to invite her back to provide a more in-depth look at the field of neuroscience and the way our brains work.