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“Fast forward to 2020 where inclusion is the root from which everything else blooms.”
Written by Sound Connections Programme Coordinator, Zoë Carassik-Lord
“Let us begin this article with a provocation:
By 2020 we will no longer need to use the phrase ‘challenging circumstances’ in our work breaking down barriers to music opportunities for London’s children and young people, as the music education sector will have inclusion at its heart.
Are you convinced? Does this sound like an achievable goal for the music education sector? At Sound Connections, we believe so – and here’s why.
In 2016, it’s still the case that there are children and young people who face barriers to music opportunities. In recent years a huge amount of work has been done to address this challenge through skilling-up practitioners, investigating meaningful progression routes for participants facing barriers to provision, provoking conversations around diversity and the future music education workforce, and advocating the importance of inclusive practices to funders, academics, and politicians. But we’re not there yet. As Matt Griffiths from the National Foundation for Youth Music says, inclusion ‘is not something we do on a Wednesday afternoon’ – it needs to be the lifeblood running through not just our projects, but our organisations, committees and boards.
On Tuesday 29 November 2016 at Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre we will be proposing some solutions for music practitioners, cultural organisations, Music Education Hubs and music educators to face these challenges head on, and together as a collective. At this year’s Catalysing Change: Sound Connections Challenging Circumstances Music Network Conference, we will:
- Dig deep into the needs of children and young people in regions across London,
- Demonstrate the strength that evidencing impact adds to our work,
- Show that by working collaboratively we can innovate,
- Consider approaches to funding that could help us work towards a more secure future.
Through contributions from:
- Jim Minton (Director of Membership and Communications, London Youth)
- Simon Glenister (Director, Noise Solution)
- Hannah Dunster and Gail Macleod (Directors, Soundcastle)
- Gideon Feldman and Jacob Adams (Senior Project Manager and Research and Campaigns Manager, Attitude is Everything)
- Steve Moffitt (Chief Executive Offer, A New Direction)
- Eugene Skeef FRSA (inspirational percussionist, composer, poet, educationalist and animator).
What we aim to prove is that while excellent and inspirational work is being done, we as a sector can do more to fill in the gaps, join up the dots and become better connected, better informed, and better prepared. In order to face the challenging times ahead, pooling our individual knowledge, skills, languages, and approaches is going to be vital. We cannot afford the luxury of competitiveness; openness and alliance will be our resilience.
By 2020 we will be cannier, and stronger. We will be better serving London’s children and young people, and obstacles that we had perceived to be standing in our way will have been overcome; a fresh approach will be the new norm. Inclusion will be the root from which everything else blooms. Who’s with us?
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,