Policy

A perfect storm is rapidly approaching in music education in England. Read on to see how you can help and gain support.

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We are very excited to announce that Wingbeats will be returning on Friday 17th November! This is the second conference in a series, celebrating the work we do and also exploring the music for health sector through a variety of presentations, panel discussions and performances. It will be held at Whitworth Art Gallery, which is one of our valued partner organisations. We are especially thrilled that Matt Griffiths, CEO of National Foundation for... Youth Music and our main funder will be kicking off the day with a keynote speech! This FREE conference promises to be an amazing, inspiring and informative event so please don't miss out. We will be posting a link to an eventbrite page over the next couple of weeks so that you can secure your place. In the meantime if you have any questions or would like to be on our mailing list, please email Kate Catling, Project Manager at katecatlingfreelance@gmail.com

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We are very excited to announce that Wingbeats will be returning on Friday 17th November! This is the second conference in a series, celebrating the work we do and also exploring the music for health sector through a variety of presentations, panel discussions and performances. It will be held at Whitworth Art Gallery, which is one of our valued partner organisations. We are especially thrilled that Matt Griffiths, CEO of National Foundation for... Youth Music and our main funder will be kicking off the day with a keynote speech! This FREE conference promises to be an amazing, inspiring and informative event so please don't miss out. We will be posting a link to an eventbrite page over the next couple of weeks so that you can secure your place. In the meantime if you have any questions or would like to be on our mailing list, please email Kate Catling, Project Manager at katecatlingfreelance@gmail.com

Carrie Lennard is an SEN music teacher at St Ann’s School in Ealing and creator of The Improvise Approach, an innovative educational tool to support music making with SEN children.  Below she shares her thoughts on technology, the challenges facing music practitioners in SEN and creating change in the curriculum.

Wired4Music is the network for 16-25 years olds all interested in music and living in London, hosted by Sound Connections. Members can sign up quickly and easily via the Wired4Music website, and the Sound Connections team work closely with these individuals and groups to empower their music projects and ideas.

Here at Sound Connections, we’re on a mission to become an Attitude Champion. We’ve partnered with the inspiring team at Attitude is Everything because we believe in their mission to improve deaf and disabled access to live music and music making activities.

Mexico is a country rich full of contrasts with a wide range of cultural, educational, economic and political differences. It is full of culture and history with a wealth of musical rhythms and over 70 indigenous languages. This same cultural variety and rich contrasts are reflected in the 119.5 million Mexicans living in the Mexican Republic and 53 million of whom live in extreme poverty at the same time one of the world's richest men is Mexican.
 

Doctors and healthcare professionals need to listen to young people and open up to the health and wellbeing benefits that the arts can bring. 
"When I perform as Samantics, I release so much energy that it becomes very cathartic"

This piece is written by Sound Connections Programme Manager Julia Roderick

In February, Schools Minister Nick Gibb gave a welcome call to action about SEN/D music provision. He states that ‘It is important that all pupils have the opportunity to participate in the arts. That funding should support all pupils, whatever their background, whatever their family’s income, and whatever particular special needs or disabilities they may have. No child should be excluded from music because they have physical disabilities or other special needs.’ In this speech he also talks about the excellent work the One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust is doing to remove the barriers to music faced by physically disabled people.

Cymaz Music has been working with Cornwall Music Education Hub (CMEH) since before it's inception. We have worked hard to ensure that inclusion is at the core of the Hub and have been involved as delivery and strategic partners since the beginning. This has included research and consultation into barriers and cold spots in the county as well as designing targeted programmes of support to ensure that the most vulnerable children and young people in Cornwall have had access to music provision.

Music has always been political. From the feminism of riot grrrl to the anti-establishmentarianism of punk. The problems many of the people we support are political too. From access to healthcare to support for looked after children, politics is the driving force behind the institutions that our lives are embedded in.