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We are gearing up to the launch of our project by gaining feedback from residents. We want to make sure that we get the content and structure of our programme right and the best place to start is with the participants! 

Plymouth Music Zone's 'Peer Pick' training was developed in response to our music leaders requesting tailored training and support, without this necessarily being something needed by our whole team. It's been a kind of mentoring with specific aims, and for the most part proved a useful way of quickly getting to the nub or what they needed to know and develop. It was a cost-efficient way of providing training where it was needed. It has also highlighted the usefulness of music leaders having a chance to acknowledge their own unique skills through the process of sharing, and very much a chance to reflect on their practice... 

Plymouth Music Zone has invested heavily in Music Leader training despite all the challenges to fund and support it. It's evidence that we can have 'blue sky thinking' to help us keep energised and committed to our work. At the same time, we can 'acknowledge the clouds' i.e. not everything can be brilliant and we are meeting the challenges of working in increasingly complex and challenging settings.  We have an ethos that encourages reflective practice and encourages us to embrace challenges as opportunities to learn. We constantly strive to improve and build on what we have been doing now for 18 years. Here is an overview of how we are currently doing that through our training. We strongly believe this helps people and funders to remain confident about our ability to deliver top-notch stuff! 

Song, Rhyme & Playtime - An early years music project based at Bideford Bay Children's Centre

We wanted to share with you some observations from a Music Leader who has been working with Cymaz Music for the last few months. As part of the induction process for Music Leaders they must observe other sessions, assist on sessions and then they may be ready to take on leading on their own. Here is what Alex wrote about his experiences and observations of working with Cymaz Music in Cornwall.

If you are reading this then you know and understand Youth Music’s vision - that life-changing music-making should be available to all children and young people. AllStars music, our Fund B initiative, explores integration as a step forward for the musical inclusion agenda.

I have often come across the struggle transitioning/adapting participants of small vocal/music workshops to larger ones...........All added ideas are welcome! 

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    Thu 23 Feb 2017

Session 4 - January 2017


My Tunes 3 continues the legacy of My Tunes, with Take Art, Actiontrack and young people in four Pupil Referral Units working together to make and record music in a range of styles. This work has been made possible through a grant from Youth Music and financial support from four area PRU schools.

The new year brought fresh hopes and talent to the January’s Hope Creative session. During a mentorship meeting myself and Lu decided to introduce the music recording process to the participants. I have a rudimentary recording set up that I use for my youtube channel so I bought in the microphone and interface and we hooked it up to Lu’s laptop and ran a popular and intuitive program called GarageBand.

Musical play is a very important part of The Music Work's current Youth Music-funded project “Playing Around Sound”.  Through an action research approach we are working with deaf children aged 8 or under, their siblings and their parents, in order to find out what approaches to active music-making “work”. We aim to develop a pedagogy for this audience of carefully chosen repertoire, musical instruments and ways of presenting an environment that is conducive to musical play.

Here are some thoughts about Musical Play because popping bubblewrap, for example, is not a "conventional" choice of musical activity.

But this post won't tell you what musical play is. Hopefully it just helps to explain why musical play is difficult to explain and evaluate.

Jam Buddies half term Workshop Day on the 15th February.  11.00 - 17.30