Professional Development

Reflection is increasingly a hot topic amongst music-educators across the country, and it is an essential skill for using Youth Music's Quality Framework - but where does the concept of reflection come from, and how to does it work?

  • by Judah

    Thu 27 Apr 2017

Leanring to manage emotions, improve behaviour and develop through music. 

Plymouth Music Zone's 'Peer Pick' training was developed in response to our music leaders requesting tailored training and support, without this necessarily being something needed by our whole team. It's been a kind of mentoring with specific aims, and for the most part proved a useful way of quickly getting to the nub or what they needed to know and develop. It was a cost-efficient way of providing training where it was needed. It has also highlighted the usefulness of music leaders having a chance to acknowledge their own unique skills through the process of sharing, and very much a chance to reflect on their practice... 

Plymouth Music Zone has invested heavily in Music Leader training despite all the challenges to fund and support it. It's evidence that we can have 'blue sky thinking' to help us keep energised and committed to our work. At the same time, we can 'acknowledge the clouds' i.e. not everything can be brilliant and we are meeting the challenges of working in increasingly complex and challenging settings.  We have an ethos that encourages reflective practice and encourages us to embrace challenges as opportunities to learn. We constantly strive to improve and build on what we have been doing now for 18 years. Here is an overview of how we are currently doing that through our training. We strongly believe this helps people and funders to remain confident about our ability to deliver top-notch stuff! 

MERYC-England in partnership with CREC are pleased to announce a NEW bespoke early childhood version of the Trinity College Certificate for Music Educators.  

Other organisations get branded usb drives, pens or hats.
Instead we've gone for a branded drum machine plug in to use within your music software, it's free here

A project that looks to bring together Downs Syndrome support groups through musical collaboration; training and mentoring for young female musicians; music technology with children and young people in challenging circumstances; and music and play in palliative care, all make up Sound Connections Innovate programme 2017.

We are proud to announce that the 2017-18 Sound Connections Early Years Apprentice Programme is now open for applications.

We wanted to share with you some observations from a Music Leader who has been working with Cymaz Music for the last few months. As part of the induction process for Music Leaders they must observe other sessions, assist on sessions and then they may be ready to take on leading on their own. Here is what Alex wrote about his experiences and observations of working with Cymaz Music in Cornwall.

BVG presents

|| SHIVOHAM || - Universal Hymns of Vedic tradition


BVG: The Indian Adults Choir of England

SHIVA - The Indian Youth Choir

Artistic Director: Rakesh Joshi

Both choirs will be performing traditional group songs of Indian Music, includes classical raga based Tarana, four seasons songs, Chants of Shiva, Hymns of Vedic traditions, famous poetry of Indian poets and cultural songs of India. Enjoy the authentic flavour of the Indian Choir.

We throw a few questions out there to you aspiring music teachers.

Call out for presentations deadline 14th May 2017

Take Art and Actiontrack Performance Company have been delivering a music workshop programme in 10 Somerset PRU settings across the county as well as with vulnerable young adults and Looked After Children since 2012. Over this period we have work with over 150 young people over a sustained period of time. This activity has taken place in centres and at Actiontrack's recording studio in group and one-to-one settings.  This work has been generously supported by Youth Music and local funders including Sound Foundation Somerset (Somerset Music Education Hub), Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and the Taunton Maid Bursary Trust