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Exchanging Notes - Youth Music's New Learning & Development Programme 

Exchanging Notes - Youth Music's New Learning & Development Programme

In our 20-year history, we’ve learnt a lot. Yet every day, we are still inspired by innovative ideas from projects and professionals in the Youth Music community. 

By sharing our collective knowledge and building new connections, we believe this community can spark sustainable, nationwide changes in sector practices. Meaning even more young people can change their life through music. Exchanging Notes* is our new learning programme, delivering the latest thinking and tools to be more sustainable, more diverse, and more effective in working with 0-25s. All sessions will be free to attend and most will be open to all. 

Sessions will be run by experts inside and outside our community, with an emphasis on championing underrepresented voices and diverse experiences. Session hosts will be paid, but attendance will be free. Most will be open to everyone, but occasional sessions will just be for the projects we already fund.  

*Some of you will remember our four-year action research programme with Birmingham City University, also called Exchanging Notes. Like this new programme, the project was rooted in the power of bringing people together through music. This is an entirely separate initiative, but the name fit so well that we decided to give it a new lease of life. Think of it as a respectful remix!

Upcoming Events (Online):

Access & Inclusion - Starting Young - Thursday 21st 1pm-2pm (Open to all)

What can we learn about access and inclusion from young children's behaviour in the early years? Explore this with Leeds-based charity Made with Music. Using examples of their work and experience, this session will encourage you to consider access and inclusion in your practice.

Sign up for event here

Teaching Generation Z with Action Hero Teacher - Thursday 28th October 1pm-2pm (Open to all)

In this workshop, you will learn:

1) What is a generation & how your age affects the way you interact with the world.

2) The Strauss-Howes Generational Model – This framework explains the key characteristics of every living generation & why this is significant in these turbulent times.

3) The generational profile of ‘Generation-Z’ – We will look at their values, preferences & communication styles & how they manifest in your classroom.

4) Strategies & techniques to appeal to ‘Gen-Zers’ that will maximise your engagement & minimise poor behaviour in your classrooms.

Sign up for event here

Youth Music Empower Hour – your pitches

Do you help children and young people to make, learn or earn in music? Would you like to inspire other projects and professionals in the Youth Music community with your unique approach? Empower Hour is the peer-to-peer part of Exchanging Notes, designed to:

  • inspire the community with the latest thinking in inclusive music learning;

  • platform the diverse mix of projects, practices and people nationwide;

  • spark connections between music leaders;

  • catalyse change in sector practices.

 Every month, we’ll invite (and pay) a different expert from the Youth Music community to host a session, lasting up to an hour.
Anybody can pitch an idea to us. In fact, we particularly welcome submissions from those who haven’t done anything like this before. From babies right through to young adults, we're keen to hear from a range of experts working across the whole children and young people age range. 

Submit your application online via this link: