Our annual gathering will begin to define inclusive practice in theory and practice, and what this means for the music education sector, through championing cutting edge practice. Relevant to anyone working with babies, children and young people through music including Music Education Hubs, grassroots arts and cultural organisations, early years music practitioners, and independent musicians and tutors, the day will focus on our three key programme strands and areas of expertise: early years, youth voice and social justice.
The day will open with a keynote by the inspiring Jessica Thom (TourettesHero) who talks passionately about access and inclusion and what this means for organisations, sharing her own story of turning her disability into an art form.
Talks and workshops will focus on the following:
Susan Young will share her recent research on increasing diversity and inclusion in early years settings, Emma Hutchinson (Music House for Children) on inclusive engagement with parents and carers; and Stuart Whatmore (Tri-borough Music Hub) and Ronke Owalabi (Flora Gardens Primary School) will share what the proposed early years approach within the new National Plan for Music Education may mean for those at grassroots level.
Hannah Kemp (Raw Material) will talk about supporting young peoples’ mental health and wellbeing, focussing on their Raw Sounds Music for Mental Health project; Drake Music on putting the social model of disability at the heart of your planning.
A Wired4Music team of people age 16-25 will share their perspective on inclusive practice; and Matt Wilde from Blaze and Sound Connections will provide practical advice on recruiting and retaining young trustees for your organisation.
Further topics that will be explored on the day include:
- Co-creation and collaboration with young people
- Power and privilege in music education organisations
- Inclusive engagement with parents, carers and families
- How to ensure equality and equity of access
- The national plan for music and early years: have your say
Sound Connections will also be launching a new collaboratively created manifesto for Inclusion and Social Justice. Watch this space for the opportunity to contribute to the shape the manifesto takes.
Why should I attend?
-Get practical ideas and inspiration for your own practice -Hear from those working at the grassroots -Network and make new connections -Reflect on and share your own work -Be part of a wider debate on Sound Connections’ Manifesto for Inclusive Practice