Projects

Music Education UK

SCO Reconnect

Edinburgh, UK

SCO ReConnect is a programme of interactive, creative music workshops for people living with dementia.

This project provides a series of music sessions in which patients are invited and supported to sing, play instruments, improvise and listen. Sessions are delivered by a specialist workshop leader and two SCO musicians and involve dementia patients, visiting family members and NHS staff.

Girls Rock London

London, United Kingdom

London

Girls Rock London (GRL!) is a music project for girls and women in London.

We are part of a movement of rock camps that take place all over the world, united by a desire to achieve gender equality in the music industry and to ensure that all girls and women get the chance to make music. The aims of the project are to empower girls and women – regardless of previous musical experience – to write and perform music, and to build self-confidence.

The programme we run is a mixture of musical/technical tuition and workshops, which together help to build participants’ self-esteem and confidence, and provide a platform for girls and women to find and develop their voices. Rock Camp is all about trying new things, working together and making lots of NOISE…
Tune Into Listening

Tune into Listening

Birmingham, United Kingdom

West Midlands

Tune into Listening are the proud winners of the Excellence in Primary/Early Years award received at the Music Teacher Award for Excellence 2017.

Tune into Listening was a year-long action research project involving two key partners – Hillfields Children’s Centre in Coventry and Allens Croft Children’s Centre in Birmingham. Evesham Nursery School and Vale of Evesham School and St Paul’s Nursery also participated in the project.

Early Childhood Music Specialist Nicola Burke worked in close partnership with Hillfields and Allens Croft to explore how to create rich music listening experiences for children. Martha Thompson also participated as a shadow musician in the project.

The overarching question was:

‘How can we use recorded music effectively?’

Throughout the project we played with, danced with and painted with the children, listened to and laughed with the children, observed children and debated many themes and ideas. We hope that this resource offers an insight into the project and our findings. We also hope it offers Early Years Educators ideas and inspiration to play a range of music to the young children attending Early Childhood education today – to encourage children to actively listen and ‘keep their ears open.’

A Choir in Every Care Home includes a set of free resources to inspire and support care homes to engage with music

Launched in May 2015, A Choir in Every Care Home explores how music and singing can feature regularly in care homes across the country.

The project hopes to improve the quality of life for people in care homes and help create happy environments for carers, family and care home staff. This is urgently needed as, according to the Alzheimer’s Society, 70% of the growing number of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems.

A Choir in Every Care Home is led by three major organisations in the field: Live Music Now, which provides national leadership for musicians working in the care sector, Sound Sense, the UK professional association for community music, and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, providing cutting-edge research on the medical and social impacts of singing.

Over the course of the first year, senior representatives of these national organisations met regularly to share knowledge, understand what works, undertake research and consultation and actively create the conditions to make every care home a singing home.

The project relaunched on 20 September 2017 with presentations at the Best Practice in the Care Home Sector conference in Birmingham and the Kindness Can: A Positive Future for Loneliness conference in London.


Header photo: A Choir in Every Care Home includes a set of free resources to inspire and support care homes to engage with music

Connect: Resound

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Yorkshire and Humberside

Connect: Resound explores how digital technologies can be used in rurally isolated areas to provide instrumental tuition, access to live music performances and teacher training.

Developed by NYMAZ in partnership with UCan Play, the action research project explores how digital technologies can be used to deliver music education and enrichment activities to children living in rurally isolated areas.

The project also provides schools with virtual access to unique, inspiring and high-profile music experiences as well as offering online continuing professional development opportunities to teachers and music leaders.

Sistema Scotland

The Raploch Community Campus, Drip Road, Stirling, United Kingdom

Sistema Scotland is a charity on a mission to create permanent social change in some of the most deprived communities in Scotland.  We use participation in our Big Noise orchestra programmes to change lives by fostering confidence, discipline, teamwork, pride and aspiration in the children and young people taking part.  This enables the children and young people to reach their full potential, leading successful and fulfilled lives.  This philosophy has a knock on effect for their families and the wider community in general.

Our teams provide an intensive orchestral programme for school-age children and young people.  We use a variety of immersive music teaching methods delivered during school time, after school and during the school holidays.  We also provide opportunities for growth such as trips and residentials.  Regular performances help to keep the wider community as involved as possible.  There is no charge for the tuition, instruments, healthy snacks, trips, and t-shirts.

Altogether there are around 2,000 children and young people engaging regularly with the three established Sistema Scotland centres.  In addition to the Big Noise orchestras attended by children up to 11 hours each week, we run Baby Noise and Adult Noise programmes which enable the Sistema Scotland family to reach as many as possible in the communities where we are based.

NYMAZ

Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW, United Kingdom

About us

NYMAZ is a youth music development charity which champions the transformative potential of music for children and young people. We know that music has the power to change lives – it can raise aspirations, enable personal and social development, and enhance career prospects. Working with our trusted partners, we deliver high quality music-making activities across North Yorkshire to those in challenging circumstances, including rural isolation. We are also committed to strengthening the sector through workforce development, building strategic partnerships and advocating for the benefits of participatory music.

Operational since 2001, NYMAZ’s vision is that all young people in North Yorkshire will have the opportunity to actively engage in music, regardless of their circumstances. We are a strategic partner of Youth Music, one of only 13 in the country, working to create a musically-inclusive England. NYMAZ is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.

Our Vision

Our vision is for a future where everybody benefits from the value of music.

We provide universal and targeted learner-led opportunities to create music. We supply training and tools to primary and secondary schools to help them transform mandatory music teaching, and we work in partnership to use the power of creating music to affect individual and social change.

Schools

  1. To refresh and embed our innovative learning models in the secondary sector through professional development, new approaches, resources and supporting and growing our network
  2. To develop and rollout a Musical Futures approach for primary school music
  3. To establish an annual professional development event delivered in partnership with others

Out of school settings

  1. To develop new partnerships to deliver professional development programmes for those working with disadvantaged young people
  2. To deliver an income-generating professional development Musical Futures programme for workplace learning

Consolidation

  1. To grow a sustainable income
  2. To strengthen networks nationally and internationally
  3. To build the Musical Futures brand in the UK and overseas
  4. To better understand our impact and outcomes

We are keen to work with partner organisations who share our vision. Please contact Abigail D’Amore if you would like to discuss working with us.

 

About the project

Ten Pieces aims to open up the world of classical music to 7-14 year-olds across the UK and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the music.

  • Explore our ‘Ten Pieces’ films; these consist of ten performances of classical music – there are twenty pieces in total for you to use
  • You can watch the whole set of each Ten Pieces collection by ordering a free DVD box set or by viewing each performance separately. The performances are between two and ten minutes in duration
  • The pieces are supported by free downloadable teaching resources including lesson plans, composer information, cross-curricular resources and simplified orchestral arrangements
  • Catch up on what’s been happening in the last two jam-packed years in this clip and in our photo gallery
  • You can also look ahead and see the list of pieces selected for the 2017/18 academic year. New resources for this list will be launched for the next autumn term

Ten Pieces Champions are Music Education Hubs, Music Services, orchestras, film, dance and other arts organisations from across the UK working in collaboration with the BBC to introduce classical music to the next generation. They have signed up to Champion the project and work together on delivering music and arts education to every young person throughout the nations and regions.

Visit the Champions page and browse by region to find a Champion nearby.

If you’re an arts organisation that’s interested in becoming a champion you can email tenpieces@bbc.co.uk for an information pack and sign-up form.

'Lullaby' concert in CLS's Growth through Music programme © Paul Coghlin

Meet the Music

Piano House, Brighton Terrace, London SW9, United Kingdom

City of London Sinfonia‘s Meet the Music programme spends over 170 days a year in the community making music with 14,000+ people.

Current Meet the Music projects include:

  • Wellbeing through Music. This takes place in healthcare settings, where City of London Sinfonia (CLS) musicians deliver performances, often at patients’ bedsides, as well as end-of-term projects for young children in major London teaching hospitals such as Great Ormond Street. They also undertake regular visits to care homes in North London, making music with Holocaust survivors or people suffering from dementia. Plans for the next three years include creating a body of research around the effectiveness of these projects, going beyond the anecdotal and providing clinical evidence as to their effectiveness.
  • Growth through Music. This sees CLS musicians working with very young children (aged 3-7) in communities that are geographically or economically isolated, including rural Suffolk and Tower Hamlets. Working closely with schools and music education hubs, CLS addresses a significant gap in provision for children at a crucial time in their academic and social development, performing for children and families through its Crash Bang Wallop! and Lullaby concert series and creating interactive first-time orchestral experiences for teenagers and young people through its First Time Live projects in collaboration with Orchestras Live.

Header photo: Lullaby concert in CLS’s Growth through Music programme © Paul Coghlin

Portfolio

Portfolio

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R, United Kingdom

Sound and Music‘s Portfolio scheme provides a key development opportunity for composers to create new work with and for some of the UK’s leading ensembles and presenters of new music.

Portfolio enables them to develop their portfolio of compositions and gain vital artistic and practical insight and experience in working with professional ensembles and presenting organisations and delivering new work to public audiences.

Selected composers are invited to develop a small-scale, short new work for a collaborative partner. These are developed through a series of workshops during which the composer works in close collaboration with the performers supported by an experienced composer mentor. The process culminates in a public performance of the new work within the ensemble’s performance schedule.