Professional Development

As a former Project Manager for MusicLeader North West (MLNW) I receive lots of enquiries from music leaders about where they can go to access the resources they used to get through the MusicLeader website. I always give the same response: “head straight to the Youth Music Network”.

Redundancy and organisational restructures can happen to anyone and it’s not a good feeling to suddenly find yourself out of work. Paul Weston offers some suggestions on how to use your creativity to take matters back into your own hands.

After consulting with 50 young people accessing music-making opportunities through the ArtsTrain music project there was a clear demand for; 'how to promote our music', 'how to stay safe' and 'what jobs are in the music industry'.

Based on the feedback from young people we contacted Arts Council NPO Small Green Shoots to devise a bespoke music panel to meet the interests and needs of the young people.

‘Sounds like a plan, Stan!’

What is a plan?

A plan is a statement, a starting point. Whether this be a plan to make a cup of tea in ten minutes or a plan to deliver a successful music project with a group of under fives. A plan is a plan is a plan.

Musical Eyes is a new, Youth Music funded network being launched in September by 20,000 Voices for early years practitioners and music leaders.

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    Wed 9 May 2012 - 2 comments

Jim Pinchen (Workforce Development Manager: Rhythmix and MusicLeader South East) reflects on the future of the sector with the closure of MusicLeader and the new Music Education Hubs and Youth Music Modules.

As musicians our work usually speaks for itself. In the words of Mr Wonder “Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand” As music leaders who are also musicians, I think we sometimes expect others to look at our work with the same level of understanding.

The next best thing to being a doctor …

I am currently undertaking some research to develop teaching resources that help young people make the transition from informal to formal music education.

As MusicLeader signs off, where can the music leading profession look now for ideas, support, training, development and work opportunities?

Earlier this week a team of Wired4Music members attended the Music Learning Live conference at the Institute of Education in London. Described as the highlight of the two-day conference, six members gave an engaging and honest insight into youth perspectives on music education.

New research on the music education workforce amplifies calls to bridge the gap between the supply and demand of skills.