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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.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust, Song of Contagion is a very substantial project combining debate, discussion, workshops, and public performance. Launched in April 2016, and developed through workshops during the autumn and winter, it culminates in a week-long run of events in June 2017 at Wilton's Music Hall.

Our fantastic Summer School returns for the fourth year running. Building on the immense success of our three previous Summer Schools, 2017 promises to be even bigger and better than ever. Monday 31st July to Thursday 3rd August 2017 @ Goldsmiths College, London


For well over a decade now, SOAS is proud to offer an exciting summer school of world music. Our course programme is unique, varied and truly multi-cultural. If you are passionate about music and cultures, there is something for everyone; this summer we offer a more varied programme than ever:  Intensive and inspiring courses, practical workshops, taster sessions and master classes for students of all backgrounds, beginners to advanced, amateur and professional. Take your pick! 

Club Soda took their Soda Beat Session to 10 schools around Croydon.

These enabled young people with learning disabilities to be creative, learn new skills and overcome any barriers to getting involved in music.


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.

We’re delighted to be welcoming drummer, percussionist and Director of Beat Goes On Ollie Tunmer for our upcoming Samba Drumming and Percussion workshop on Wednesday 24 May 2017. Ollie’s workshops include STOMP-style Body Percussion (he was a cast member of the hit show STOMP), and Brazilian Samba Drumming (Ollie performed in the 2002 Rio de Janeiro carnival).

We spoke to Ollie about his musical interests, his previous work and what participants might expect from the workshop he is delivering for Sound Connections later in the month. You can see his answers below:

As part of our mission to continually challenge, share and advocate for best practice in music education, Sound Connections commissioned expert early years leader John Webb to undertake research into the role of men in early years music making.

A project that looks to bring together Downs Syndrome support groups through musical collaboration; training and mentoring for young female musicians; music technology with children and young people in challenging circumstances; and music and play in palliative care, all make up Sound Connections Innovate programme 2017.

We are proud to announce that the 2017-18 Sound Connections Early Years Apprentice Programme is now open for applications.

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