Professional Development

Looking back on a successful first phase of the Northern Gamelan Network - encouraging musical inclusion and learning, through Indonesian Bronze Percussion!

Last year Sloop Group were invited to be part of the COOLture Conversations project as part of Hull City of Culture. It was a wonderful oppourtunity for the group to work with a Gamelan that they had previously met on a trip to the National Centre for Early Music in York. As well as working with the enchanting instruments of the Gamelan, the group had two sessions with the poet Cassandra Parkin, to create a poem that would become the starting point for their own orginal composition using the Gamelan. The whole project culminated in a public peformance at Hull City Hall. You can find a copy of the poem the group created attached to this post.

As music teachers who often operate either in a solo capacity, providing private music tuition, or as part of small groups of music teachers, often connected to music school or hubs. This article explores why it is important to make connections with other music teachers across the UK and beyond to support continued professional development.

The Turning TIdes Project's Equal Access to Music Programme  comprises of a set of Projects . The Programme has emerged from experience taking a Social Model Approach to make equal access to music a reality for Young People with ' autism' or 'learning disability' labels .  
This blog captures initial investigations into how young people are accessing qualification routes into Music Technology, and the barriers we have encountered along the way so far.
For more detail about the Projects please visit :

The Certificate for Music Educators (CME): Early Childhood offers a flexible, part-time, distance-learning qualification in early childhood music.

Soundwaves Extra is an innovative and exciting music network for Early Years practitioners, child-minders, Early Years settings and InspirED schools.

Small Steps Big Noise in Action

On Thursday 15 March 2018 at The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre in Taunton, we welcomed over 150 Early Years practitioners, artists, music leaders, settings, regional hubs, funders, researchers and strategic partners from all over the country to the South West’s biggest ever Early Years Expressive Arts Conference.

The backing track vocalist VS the instrumental vocalist. Who are they, where have they come from, what are the differences, why do they choose to use tracks, are they less of a musician? UVG’s Musical Director Amba Tremain discusses this touchy issue.

NYMAZ is excited to be launching a new bursary for Early Years Music Network members who wish to undertake the Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (CME): Early Childhood. NYMAZ will be offering a very limited number of bursaries for candidates starting the course in September 2018 and September 2019 – only four bursaries will be available each year.

The CME: Early Childhood offers a flexible, part-time, distance-learning qualification in early childhood music, run by CREC and MERYC. The CME is a recognised National Qualification validated by Trinity College London.

The first Singing and Signing Summit took place on 30th January 2018 at the Doncaster School for the Deaf (part of Doncaster Deaf Trust).

Last Friday I travelled to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester to attend a meeting of the Heads of the Music and Dance Scheme (MDS), where I was also treated to a lunchtime public concert.  If you decide to read on, may I ask you first to take a moment to consider your immediate thoughts, expectations and assumptions in respect of Chethams, the MDS and lunchtime concerts?

NICOLA (New International Company of Live Arts) is holding open auditions on 29th March at the Chelsea Theatre in London, from 11 am – 6 pm, as part of our Talent Factory to recruit singers, rappers, musicians, bands and spoken word. There will be a panel of judges including celebrity performers.