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“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.

Join us at Cecil Sharp House on Thursday 30 November 2017 where we will be strengthening our commitment to social justice. Through conversations with our network, and motivated by seeing continued injustices in the world, we’ve created a conference to tackle some big questions head on.

Here at Sound Connections, we’re on a mission to become an Attitude Champion. We’ve partnered with the inspiring team at Attitude is Everything because we believe in their mission to improve deaf and disabled access to live music and music making activities.

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.

A very open and honest account of one of young people's musical journey's and mental health problems and how music has helped him through his journey. He also talks about how our Rugby Beats, Bars and Banter project helped him become interested in music again, gain more confidence and helped him deal with his mental health problems...

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XLR Collective's Hack a Heckle have released their lead single called 'Hide'

Mexico is a country rich full of contrasts with a wide range of cultural, educational, economic and political differences. It is full of culture and history with a wealth of musical rhythms and over 70 indigenous languages. This same cultural variety and rich contrasts are reflected in the 119.5 million Mexicans living in the Mexican Republic and 53 million of whom live in extreme poverty at the same time one of the world's richest men is Mexican.
 

The Music Leader Training Programme (EaT)
Train as a community music teacher and gain a City and Guilds EaT qualification

LONDON & BRISTOL CLASSES AVAILABLE

The Music Leader Training Programme (EaT)
Train as a community music teacher and gain a City and Guilds EaT qualification

LONDON & BRISTOL CLASSES AVAILABLE

Jack Drum Arts have just wrapped up our week-long annual Summer School that saw a host of young performers and musicians aged 8 – 25 come together in the beautiful grounds of Auckland Castle to work alongside professional and emerging artists, and castle staff, to research, develop and perform a piece of drama with music.