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SOMERSET SUMMIT - Participatory Music with Vulnerable Young People working in PRU's and other settings

Event description

Programme for the day

10.00am register and coffee

10.30am – 12.00am: Welcome from Ralph Lister, Executive Director, Take Art and Panel Presentations followed by Questions

  • Tamsin Mendelsohn, Relationship Manager, Music Education Hubs, Arts Council of England South West Office (Hopefully TBC) - music hubs and the role of working with vulnerable young people
  • Zoe Kilb, Grants & Learning Officer, Youth Music – research findings, impact and priority areas relating to vulnerable young people at risk
  • Helen Reid, Music & Arts Executive Officer, Sound Foundation Somerset, Somerset Music Education Hub – its approach to working with vulnerable young people
  • Jo Simons, Headteacher, South Somerset Partnership College - the value of music within the overall education context
  • PRU Staff Member 
  • Nick Brace, Artistic Director & Music Leader, Actiontrack – relevance and effectiveness of working through music with young people
  • A student – a personal story

12.00am – 12.45pm: Choice of 3 Practical Music Delivery & Ways of Working in PRUs and other settings

  • Actiontrack: Somerset: Playing the Day - Nick Brace & Nathan Stevens. A practical session using instruments and songwriting as points for taster and initial sessions that can then move onto more developmental work. During the session we will also discuss the importance of flexibility and the repertoire of ideas required for the work to maximise the benefits to young people and those they work with. We'll also look at the advantages of strategic thinking within a changing sector as regards signposting and the offering of musical opportunities beyond the project itself.
  • Rhythmix: Brighton: Jack Kingslake is a music leader and his short session will take participants through his approach to music in PRUs, introducing us to the technology he uses (Ableton Live/Push) and techniques he uses to engage young people in these settings. This should be a fun hands-on session, so come prepared to get involved.
  • Cymaz: Cornwall: Jane Staffieri is a licensed Thrive Practitioner, Youth Worker and Music Leader with Cymaz Music. She provides Taiko drumming as First Access in an AP Academy (PRU) and also leads sessions with children in Care. She will offer a hands on experience with Taiko drums and discuss how this work and approach differs from her mainstream First Access teaching. Using her knowledge and training from Thrive and as a trainee Sound Therapist, Jane will offer insights into the therapeutic power of drumming and the cultural and historical appeal of the Taiko drums.

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Plenary Session: Shared experiences, thoughts and comments coming out of the practical session

1.30pm - 2.30pm: lunch and networking 

2.30pm - 3.45pm: Approaches to PRU/Vulnerable CYP and Music Hubs in other geographic areas and to cover attainment options, virtual music provision and working with Children in Care followed by Questions

  • Emily Penn, Digital Project Manager, NYMAZ: Can online technology improve access to music opportunities for young people? Emily will give an overview of the Connect: Resound project, which works to overcome rural isolation, and other challenging circumstances, which can affect young peoples’ access to playing and experiencing music, through distance learning and live streaming
  • Michael Davidson, Head of Rock, Family and Community Music, Hertfordshire Music Service (also working with Cambridgeshire and Essex Music Education Hubs): As often the only one to one contact young people have with adults in schools, instrumental music tutors are well placed to support young people at risk of exclusion. Michael will talk about MusicNet-East, a partnership of Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire Music Education Hubs and Youth Music develops musical inclusion within music services
  • Jack Kingslake, Alternative Education Project Manager, Rhythmix, Brighton (and the South East including Surrey): Jack Kingslake is a music leader and project manager working primarily in PRUs and other alternative education settings in the south east of England. He will talk about the work in Surrey, Sussex and Kent

3.45pm - 4.45pm: Final plenary session - what have we learned today and what do we want for the future and how do we achieve it.

4.45pm end


Somerset practitioners – free of charge. Other attendees: £30 to include lunch

50 Places available: To book email Ruth Copping or phone 01460 249450