Practice

During July we had some of the world class musicians from Nacao du Maracatu Porto Rico come over to teach us both how to make drums and perform on them. Not only was this a major event taking up a great deal of our time but it was also my first event as the Jack Drum Arts Apprentice. This is a relfection of my experiences and what I experienced and learned from them, not just as a performer but also as an artist and leader.

The Collective prep for their Campaign Celebration and record.

Tiny Sparks: Improving pre-school language development through music in two deprived areas of Leicester

 

Project Summary: February-May 2017:

Musicians Arun Ghosh and Dave ‘Stickman’ Higgins were in residence linked to children’s centres in the east and west pre-school clusters, for 2 days over an 11 week period, working with vulnerable children and their families in each location. They worked with 427 participants in either private nurseries or local authority children’s centres. CPD was an important feature of the project with parents and setting staff working alongside both musicians in each session, plus specific cpd sessions for staff. Culminating in a visit by nearly 50 people to see Whoosh a high quality live music performance as part of the Spark Festival specifically created for 1-4 year olds.  3-4 weeks after the end of the project the musicians returned to see how staff and children were progressing. Each setting was left with a selection of relevant musical instruments and also a film resource which captured ideas, schemes of work and provided suggestions for future activities. This was to ensure participants have the tools to continue and the skills/confidence to use them. 

Some thoughts on my work as Resident Musician at The Link CiC.

NYMAZ shares its recent experiences of commissioning songs for young voices

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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

Mavericks is a project that bridges feuding communities through music. 

The XLR Collective start recording thier Debut EP.

“In the UK, over the last 10 – 15 years, the quantity and range of music for babies and very young children has expanded considerably.  But standards of practice have not kept pace with this rapid expansion and remain worryingly low.  The reason is clear.  Early childhood music specialists are not required to have any form of prior qualification to practise.  We expect degree level qualifications to lead music with all other age groups – but for some reason accept the fact that for children below the age of five, we do not require music educators to have any kind of prior, professional preparation.” 
– Dr Susan Young

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.