NYMAZ announces first 5 regions to join digital music education project Connect: Resound

Youth music charity NYMAZ has announced the first five Music Education Hubs selected to take part in its flagship digital music project Connect: Resound.

Hubs in Croydon, East Sussex, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Surrey have joined the project, which uses new technology to provide remote, real-time instrumental tuition and access to music performances.

In 2018/19, Connect: Resound will continue to address the challenges of rural isolation whilst also exploring the potential of the model to help reach young people facing additional difficulties in accessing music-making.

“Connect: Resound is a proven means of delivering instrumental tuition and we are committed to using it to tackle the inequality in music provision suffered by children in rural parts of England,” said Heidi Johnson, director of NYMAZ.

“At the same time, we believe that our model of online delivery could also help many other young people experiencing limited music provision due to other challenges. This is the first year of support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Through the Arts Fund and we are thrilled to be bringing on board new Hub partners to trial other ways which Connect: Resound can make a real difference to children’s lives.”

Read more about each of the new Hubs joining the project below:

Croydon Music Education Hub – Reaching young people facing mental health or other issues which make it difficult for them to access mainstream services or to attend school regularly.

East Sussex Music Education Hub – Overcoming rural isolation by exploring teaching to multiple venues at once, as well as virtual tuition at home through the development of online courses and webinars plus live teaching.

Lincolnshire Music Education Hub – Exploring how technology can address the challenges of delivering to every child – even those in isolated communities – in a large, sparsely populated county.

Norfolk Music Hub – Reaching more children in rurally isolated areas, providing a wider range of music opportunities and looking at the potential to deliver training to the music workforce online.

Surrey Music Hub – Developing access to instrumental learning amongst primary and secondary age pupils, including looked after children and young unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

John Steohens from Surrey Music Hub, commented: “Surrey Music Hub is delighted to be part of Connect: Resound. In a large county that has high levels of traffic congestion, areas of rural deprivation as well as some of the highest numbers of unaccompanied asylum seekers in the country, being part of this programme will help us to extend our music offer to those young people who too often face barriers to accessing music education.”

Jane Humberstone from East Sussex Music Hub, added: “East Sussex is a county with many small rural primary schools. To be able to teach children in different venues simultaneously will enable isolated children to begin to learn, cut down travel time and save on costs. We are also very excited to explore the development of online courses and webinar-style learning.”

In addition to working closely with the new partners to integrate the tried and tested online delivery method into their teaching practice, NYMAZ, alongside technical partner UCan Play, will be engaging Music Education Hubs, schools and music teachers across the country in Connect: Resound via:

– Live Broadcasts: A series of screenings of music performances beamed direct to classrooms and school halls, these events will be designed especially for schoolchildren and be accompanied by free teaching materials.
– Free membership of NYMAZ Remote Music Learning Network: Keep abreast of latest sector news, share best practice with peers and access CPD events, see www.nymaz.org.uk/for-professionals/remote
– New opportunities to become delivery partners: A fresh round of applications for Connect: Resound will be opened later in the year.


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