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If you enjoyed reading “Youth Voice: necessity not luxury” in the previous edition of the Sound Connections newsletter and would like to find out more then take a look at ‘ReWired’, our growing bank of youth voice research and resources.

This opinion piece was written by Written by Sound Connections Programme Manager, Jennifer Raven

  • by Rhythmix

    Tue 2 Aug 2016 - 1 comment

We are excited to announce the launch of the National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare!

We are excited to announce the launch of the National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare!

Over the past few years a network has been forming across the UK of organisations and individuals working in partnership with healthcare services to provide music making programmes in hospitals, hospices and community settings. This network has now formed an Alliance so that we can advocate for our work with one strong, coherent voice.

Please visit our website here and consider joining the Alliance if you or your organisation identifies with our aims and mission:

Catherine Carter, Co-Founder of Fairbeats! conducted an action research project exploring excellence in musical progression for children and young people living in challenging circumstances in London. This report seeks to make preliminary recommendations for a quality assurance mark around excellence in progression for children and young people living in challenging circumstances in London. This action research was commissioned by Sound Connections as part of the Taking Off research project on what meaningful musical progression looks like for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

  • by JKnight

    Thu 14 Jul 2016 - 1 comment

Written by Jenni Parkinson (Soundcastle) and Julian Knight (Creative Futures)

Soundcastle and Creative Futures are two organisations that use music to reach and connect communities. Here we explore our learning from recent projects on how to access and engage families who fall within the often-cited and hugely diverse ‘hard to reach’ category.

This blog was written by Jane Werry, Director of Music at Hayes School.

One of the most exciting parts of working at Youth Music is hearing the music created by young people from the projects we support. And we love to share this music with our supporters: it’s one of the best ways for us to demonstrate what our charity does via our website, social media, newsletters and other communications channels. However, if we share tracks where young people express themselves freely, do we run the risk of upsetting those who object to the language used or the subject matter?

  • by JWestrup

    Wed 18 May 2016 - 1 comment

As Drake Music re-launch their 'Compose and Perform' music course (previously 'Introduction to Music') what accreditation and assessment opportunities are there now for disabled musicians?

Olwen Macleod, founder of Your Space Music Lessons, talks about the beginnings of her online music school and what's its like to teach remotely from an island.

Out for a day across Lancashire with Darren Leadsom, Education and Inclusion Manager at More Music. Two meetings and two hours of car conversation bring together a great deal of thinking. It feels like they show a maturity in the work and also a knowledge of where we are and what can be done. Satisfying.

Our In Harmony programme is a early targeted social development programme delivered through music. To improve the health, education and aspirations of disadvantaged children, young people and families through immersive ensemble music making, rooted long term in the community and in our partner schools.