Stories: music work with young people in challenging circumstances

A short post to share some recent stories/case studies from music work with young people in challenging circumstances, supported through Youth Music's Musical Inclusion programme. If you're involved in working with young people through music and/or reaching young people who may be disengaged from learning and from life, then these stories will be of interest. It's been … Continue reading Stories: music work with young people in challenging circumstances

Passion – let young people lead the way in music education

"The number of young people opting to take GCSE and/or A Level music is reducing; music-making activities in school time are being squeezed yet music in all its forms continues to be made and listened to outside school by the large majority of young people (A Youth Music survey of 1,000 7-19 year olds across … Continue reading Passion – let young people lead the way in music education

How to make your music hub business plan an easier, more convincing, read

Your business plan is the blueprint for your organisation's future. It communicates and shares your goals and values, and helps potential funders and supporters to understand how you will deliver on their goals and priorities, as well as your own. It is a critically important document and for that reason it needs to be a … Continue reading How to make your music hub business plan an easier, more convincing, read

Apocalypse now for music education in Wales and England?

Music education in many places in Wales is in a dreadful state, and the situation doesn't seem likely to improve any time soon. The Welsh Assembly Government's long-awaited music education review was published six months ago now, and yet very little's happened since.You can read more about this in my article (Music education in Wales … Continue reading Apocalypse now for music education in Wales and England?

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YOUNG PEOPLE AND MUSIC EDUCATION Music Education in Wales - a warning for England? (Music Education UK, June 2011) A land with less music? (Sounding Board, May 2011) - the music education review in Wales Musical Futures (Sounding Board) - the government's Wider Opportunities scheme Making the connections(Sounding Board) - Youth workers, community musicians and … Continue reading Articles section

Henley Music Ed Review – ten days to go

This is what seems to be going on online. I'd say a great place for people to start if they want to formulate a strong message is the Music  Manifesto original reports. Forum debates Teaching music website forum debate - http://www.teachingmusic.org.uk/forum Jonathan Savage's website - http://jsavage.org.uk/?p=977 Musical Futures - http://musicalfutures.posterous.com/henley-music-education-review-its-not-just-ab Organisations' early responses National Association … Continue reading Henley Music Ed Review – ten days to go

Government’s music education review – has the time come?

I greeted the announcement of the Westminster goverment's music education review* with excitement initially, and then concern. But as Mark Jaffrey so succinctly put it on Twitter last night, there's much to win and much to lose - and it's the job of everyone who cares about music education to make sure Darren Henley does … Continue reading Government’s music education review – has the time come?