Professional Development

Come and play some Led Zeppelin at Marshall H/Q in Milton Keynes and win a free Marshall guitar amp.

“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

Join us at Cecil Sharp House on Thursday 30 November 2017 where we will be strengthening our commitment to social justice. Through conversations with our network, and motivated by seeing continued injustices in the world, we’ve created a conference to tackle some big questions head on.

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.

Earlier this year we were excited to award Wired4Music member Jacob Roberts-Mensah a place on our Generate programme, with a bursary and mentoring support to run his own music project.

A discussion of how working with Audioactive has helped me to develop as an artist and professional, looking specifically at performance with Ableton Live.

A discussion of how working with Audioactive has helped me to develop as an artist and professional, looking specifically at performance with Ableton Live.

Arts Council run a peer development and mentoring programme for Music Education Hubs, and those who want to take part as a mentor or mentee must register their interest by 7 September 2017.

Valuing Music in Special Needs Settings is practitioner led research which explores a range of music making and singing approaches for whole class teaching (WCT) and group work in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) schools.

3 days of practical training to develop skills and confidence in Creative Music Leading

If you have a creative child, you really want to see that child shine. Enrolling your child in a music school is costly and time consuming, but it’s worthwhile to see your youngster reach their fullest potential. Finding a music school is a lot more nuanced and complicated than finding a youth sports league or a run of the mill after school activity. It’s worth doing thorough research to be sure you’ve found the right environment for your child to flourish.  

XLR Collective's Hack a Heckle have released their lead single called 'Hide'