Professional Development

Sound Control is an action research project that NMPAT (Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust) is running in partnership with the Computing Department at Goldsmiths University of London. The goal of the project is to collaborate with children and young people with special needs and disabilities in designing, developing and building bespoke digital musical instruments personalised for their unique needs.

As part of our Youth Music funded projects at Evelina London (Lambeth) and Broomfield Hospital (Chelmsford) we are offering opportunities for musicians in London and Essex to shadow our work on hospital children's wards in 2018. We hope to attract musicians who are interested in Music In Healthcare practice, are motivated to develop their skills and kickstart their own work in this area.

Following a half day shadowing we will talk over lunch about your interests and aims, discussing potential progression routes, offer help with signposting, all with a view to setting short and long term goals around your professional development. 

Please visit our website to fill out a short application:

The deadline for applications is the 8th December 2017.  We have 4 places available. The shadowing dates will be agreed mutually and take place in the spring/summer terms.

On Thursday 19th October, we ran our first major Musical Inclusion SEN/D Conference scheduled as part of our current Youth Music Fund B project, “Music Forge”. The conference was designed to showcase the full range of our musical inclusion activities along with SEN/D projects being delivered by some of our Hub Delivery Partners. The target audience consisted of school teachers and music/arts specialists working within special schools and DSP units across Northamptonshire and Rutland (NB: NMPAT is the lead organisation for both the Northamptonshire and Rutland Music Education Hubs). 

Leadership tips for the aspiring music leader

Over the first half term of the year we have been preparing for our Halloween show, the Halloween Happening. After sessions of idea formulating and rehearsals we approached the Halloween holidays and embarked on a few long days of rehearsals on site. The rehearsals went fantastically well and so we were all excited for the actual performance, which was a fantastic success.

Will Davey, a new Inclusive Music Practitioner on the Ark T Centre's 'My Normal Music Project', which is in it's first year of running, reflects on his learning, development and practice through this new project funded by Youth Music.

I write this as we are about to embark on our new horizons conference for 2017. An event that we started last year – structured around a series of speakers and conversations on a theme. This year’s title - Breaking Down the Barriers: The Arts, Disability and Change. But we’re not experts or leading the field, like Drake Music or Graeae or a number of other organisations or consortiums who are leading by example, so it begs the question.....How dare we host a conference around disability and the sector, hypocritical or what?!!?
The answer for me is a very simple one – we want to get better.

‘Become A Music Teacher’ are looking for individuals nationwide to give either singing, guitar, drums or piano lessons to students.  If you play and would like to be considered for this role please contact us as below. This is a great chance for you to make good money on either a full time or part time basis, from something which you are passionate about. 

Two Rivers High School is a special school in Tamworth for students aged between 11 -- 19. There are currently 180 young people in the school, and many of these have multiple learning needs. These include specific communication and language difficulties, challenging behaviours, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, physical difficulties and medical needs. All students have a statement of special educational needs.

This Project has been encouraging 180 students to engage with music through the delivery of inclusive and accessible large group sessions and the provision of, and support to access, progression and performance opportunities in school and the wider community. This work has developed musical, social and emotional skills of participants. Furthermore this approach has become embedded in the school and best practice shared with other organisations across the SEND Network.

This Blog shows an Emerging Music leader's experience in the setting.

Excerpts from an evaluation report of a Music Leader reflecting on his leadership and sharing style, his CPD, how young people respond and how he benefits.

Jake Perrett joined B Sharp as a young participant in 2007 (when B Sharp started) and progressed through its Young Leadership training programme until he left for University in 2013. He now works full time in the music industry. This is his testimony about how his experience in B Sharp helped him.

Music Educator Annie Sheen reflects on her first 6 weeks within a Youth Work charity, and asks how she can make music the dominant language while at the same time continuing to support personal and social development?