Soundfly – a new kind of music school for today’s musician

In a co-working space in Brooklyn, New York, Ian Temple and his team – including remote working colleagues in LA, Montreal, Georgia and North Carolina - have been developing a platform designed to help today’s musician develop their skills and their business. Soundfly offers a range of cross-genre and cross-skills-set courses, many free, ranging from … Continue reading Soundfly – a new kind of music school for today’s musician

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How parents and grandparents can support and champion music education

We’re all aware that music is good for children and music can keep people happy, healthy and mentally fit  throughout their lives – and there’s evidence to back it up. But with threats to arts and music education funding in many countries, what can families of young musicians do to make sure the current generation of young … Continue reading How parents and grandparents can support and champion music education

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Is music good for your child?

We all know, instinctively, that music is good for us. Can learning music really have a positive impact on our children's futures? Despite the continuing cuts in funding, those responsible for education systems across the world still tend to prioritise music above other arts. References are often made to music's 'instrumental' benefits – improving academic … Continue reading Is music good for your child?

Four first steps: Lobbying and advocacy for music and arts organisations

WHAT IS LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY?  Advocacy in the political sense means creating awareness of an issue in order to influence public policy and funding decisions. The methods you use can be wide-ranging, from communications and media campaigns, to public speaking; from commissioning and publishing research to conducting polls.  Lobbying is a type of advocacy that … Continue reading Four first steps: Lobbying and advocacy for music and arts organisations

What hubs are for – guest blog from Bristol

Siggy Patchitt, Education Manager, Bristol Plays Music, gave an impassioned speech to those who attended a Music Education Council music education seminar in Bristol this month, including representatives from Make Music Gloucestershire.  He posted the full speech last week on the Youth Music Network – here’s an edited version written as a guest blog , with … Continue reading What hubs are for – guest blog from Bristol

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