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“Early learning is the education vaccine. Its effects last forever”
Early intervention is key to unlocking children’s life-long resilience, personal and social potential, health and happiness, – and musical engagement sits right at the core. We owe it to all of our children and young people to provide meaningful, high-quality musical opportunities regardless of their personal circumstance. This we believe in. This we all aspire to achieve.
But let’s stop for a minute.
Perhaps it’s time to turn this statement on its head. We talk about children and families facing barriers to musical opportunities, but is it time to recognise that these barriers to engagement might actually be perpetuated within our sector and exist within our own organisations? Are we unintentionally, full of well meaning yet inadvertently laying blame at the wrong feet?
If that is the case, what are the challenges that we perceive to exist? We blame the limited acknowledgement of the importance of musical engagement in early years within DfE’s 2011 ‘A National Plan for Music Education’; we point the finger at the lack of recognition and value amongst policy-makers; we moan about limited funding; we also even blame ourselves, and our complex, multi-layered and – yes – competitive workforce. These are all real-time challenges that impact our work every day, but with innovative approaches, creative collaboration and cross-sector partnerships, we can refuse to be held back and together address these challenges head-on. We owe it to children and young people to find a way through these challenges and positively affect change.
On Monday 6 March at Lyric Hammersmith we will be shining a spotlight on organisations that have done just that. Organisations like Creative Homes – who engage with our most isolated families by ‘door knocking’ and facilitating musical activity in their homes; Creative Futures – who by partnering with Speech and Language Therapists, meaningfully work with children with speech and language delay; Tri-borough Music Hub – who have diversified their income streams and provide comprehensive training for early years practitioners working in nurseries and children’s centres and; World Beaters– who work with multi-agency partners to unite disparate communities and improve the wellbeing of children, young people and families.
- Outline social need and explore existing barriers to musical engagement for children, families, workforce and our wider communities
- Explore examples of innovative creative arts practice with isolated families, children in hospital settings, with speech and language difficulties and demonstrate the strength of evidencing impact
- Discuss multi-agency approaches to delivery, the challenges and the value of cross-sector working to improve the quality of our engagement.
With additional contributions from Claire Hope, Wigmore Hall Learning, Pulse Arts, Dr Jessica Pitt and Linda Bance, we will explore ways in which we can provide meaningful engagement and inclusive opportunities to all children and young people. We will acknowledge the barriers that exist, but be positive and proactive in our solution. We hope you will join the conversation, and look forward to seeing you there
Music Excellence London: Webinar - 'A practical guide to composing and arranging music for the KS3 classroom and school ensemble'
Thursday 27 April 2017
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Music Excellence London: TeachMeet - 'Building a department from the bottom-up: a musical vision'
Thursday 4 May 2017
5.00pm - 7.00pm
Samba Drumming and Body Percussion
Wednesday 24 May 2017
2.00pm - 5.00pm
What’s That Noise? - Encouraging child-initiated musicality with John Webb
Wednesday 21 June 2017
9.15am - 3.30pm
- Did you see the @SConnections newsletter this week? Exciting #Innovate2017 + workshop announcements. Read it here: https://t.co/JqrOJ77mAm,
- Experience hands on child-initiated music making with John Webb @KintorewayNS on 21 June #LEYMN #earlyyears… https://t.co/z1dLeVpoIZ,
- Next @MusicExLondon TeachMeet, May 4 'Building a dept from the bottom up: A musical vision' thanks @listermusicdept… https://t.co/66RHCEPzrn,
- Uniqueness of three orgs coming together on one project. @Seriouslive @lsostlukes Discovery and @hackneymusic Shari… https://t.co/Vo3riyQGEC,
- Chris Mackin from Ickburgh School - working w @hmdtmusic @lsostlukes @hackneymusic - just finished project for… https://t.co/amvFPJi8e5,
- "Take the risk to put young people in driving seat - they will always surprise you & create brilliant projects" #YouthVoice @hackneymusic,
- Great #YouthVoice presentation from Kenia, Takiyah, Caitlin @hackneymusic #YouthMusicForum. Young people must have… https://t.co/Qwc4oUbV0r,
- "Collaboration is vital defence to reduction of our provision as music educators. Think about schools,… https://t.co/s71tsbVMum,
- Great to be at this @hackneymusic event this evening. A brilliant network doing fantastic partnership work with sch… https://t.co/oGEqGvW3Eb,
- MT @sfhannan Gr8 to hear from a music coord @hackneymusic event that theirHT sees music key to curriculum & focus not just on maths/literacy,