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We’re delighted to be welcoming community musician, lecturer and composer Graham Dowdall to lead our ‘Exploring music in challenging circumstances’ workshop on Thursday 30 March 2017. We have spoken to Graham in the run up to the workshop about his musical interests, inspirations and memorable moments. He also sheds some light on what attendees can expect at his upcoming workshop, tickets for which can be purchased here.

Over the past year Sound Connections has delivered three events celebrating musical inclusion; one focused on early years, one on working with young people in challenging circumstances, and one co-produced by Wired4Music with Sound Connections championing youth voice and participation. All three areas of practice still fight for their place in music education practice and policy and it remains important to shine a light on the best work happening in these fields.

The are the highlights of the year...

There is no extra charge if you wish to have a joint lesson with a friend or family member. You pay purely for the teacher's time, not how many are in the class. Similarly if you are not sure which instrument you wish to learn then come along for a free trial with a teacher who has a wide experience of many different instruments. Try them all and find the right one for you!

At Chuckle Productions our Sound Connection Project has come alive with the sound of farm animals. 

The Rhythmix 'Music in mind' project project evaluation

The Rhythmix 'Music in mind' project project evaluation

  • 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.