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  • by WKMT

    Thu 2 Mar 2017

As performers you will or have already experienced a form of nervousness during or before a performance at some point. To some of us it is simply nerves we have to let fade away until we get into our ‘zone’ of comfort and concentration during our performances and to others it can cause very negative effects on our overall ability to deliver a level of musicianship we know we are very capable of.

  • by WKMT

    Sun 26 Feb 2017

London Piano / Music festival by WKMT

  • by WKMT

    Wed 22 Feb 2017

Why should I participate at WKMT London Music Festival 11.03?

Early intervention is key to unlocking children’s life-long resilience, personal and social potential, health and happiness, – and musical engagement sits right at the core. We owe it to all of our children and young people to provide meaningful, high-quality musical opportunities regardless of their personal circumstance. This we believe in. This we all aspire to achieve.

How can we connect activities in a music session to people's daily lives? How can we support families to embed creative music-making into their lives, their thoughts and their time? Jenni Parkinson shares findings and ideas from a project exploring this with families with children with autism in South East London.

  • by WKMT

    Mon 6 Feb 2017

Srdan Kozlica, teacher at WKMT shares his thoughts about the importance of performing etudes. 

A genre of Etude or Study (etude is a French term for a study) is a very particular type of music pieces created in order to develop a performers playing/singing technique (in the case of singers, it is more frequently called Vocalise). A definition from Merriam-Webster dictionary states it as follows: " 1. a piece of music for the practice of a point of technique, 2. a composition built on a technical motive but played for its artistic value". Since I am a pianist, I will talk about the piano etudes.

'Ready for music' - music therapy for vulnerable children was a Youth Music funded project which ran at Broadwaters Children Centre, The Ladder Children Centre (before closure) and South Haringey nursery. The project ran from January 2016 - January 2017 and was led by music therapist, Claire Hope ( The majority of similar early years music therapy work occurring in the UK is funded by both the children's centres and The Primary Care Trust. In Haringey, however, there is limited NHS funding towards therapeutic intervention in early years and a high level of deprivation.
Weekly group and individual music therapy sessions were offered to vulnerable families, children with complex emotional, social and developmental needs and parents and infants on the 2 -year programme (a government childcare initiative offered to parents on low-income). It was agreed that the project would be flexible, allowing Claire to respond to the needs of the service users. Workshops, presentations and meetings with parents were also an important aspect of the project. 
Group sessions involved familiar songs/nursery rhymes, turn-taking, leading, conducting, musical arrangements (playing an instrument in a particular place in the music), improvising/free play, movement with music, imaginary play, stories with sounds, songs and puppets. These were closely monitored by recordings, written summaries, supervision and questionnaires. Staff commented ,and the music therapist observed, children's increase in confidence, listening, awareness of the musical interaction and an increase in using more words in songs and play, particularly for children with English as a second language.
One little boy, who was selective mute, tentatively began to use his voice to express himself in individual music therapy sessions. Through creative musical play (and the use of kazoos!), his confidence in using his voice to communicate developed and he began to talk in nursery. Due to the flexibility of the project, he was then able to join a music therapy group with his peers, further consolidating on his confidence and achievements.
Music therapy is vital in these contexts, where young children are seeking and needing early play experiences. There continues to be growing need and demand for music therapy and Broadwaters Children Centre is thrilled to receive successful funding for a further 2-year music project beginning imminently, entitled: HOPE music therapy. Music therapy for vulnerable children.'

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our latest annual review, which captures another jam-packed year for Sound Connections.

Photo Credit: Stratford Circus Arts Centre / Rob Harris, Generate 2016

Do you work with a creative young person whose music project idea is ready to come to life? Are they aged 16-25 and signed up to Wired4Music, the music network for young Londoners? They can now apply for grants between £500 – £2,000 and support to get their project off the ground!

  • by WKMT

    Mon 16 Jan 2017

Brief advice on how to deal with children and sight reading.

How to support young bands beyond our projects

Sam Glazer, composer and MD of Musical Rumpus - Spitalfields Music's series of interactive operas reimagined for 0-2 1/2 year olds - reflects on an opportunity to share our learning with other organisations at the Happy New Ears international festival in Mannheim Germany (December 2017).