Challenging Circumstances Music Network
At Sound Connections we have created a Challenging Circumstances Music Network (CCMN), which meets as a roundtable quarterly to identify, tackle and advocate the role that music education has for children and young people in challenging circumstances. The CCMN draws together experts from across London working with children and young people in challenging circumstances, including music leaders and organisations working with visually impaired children, refugees, young offenders, young people with mental health problems, those with disabilities, young people living in social deprivation – the list is (almost) endless.
The CCMN decided that it was important to challenge the definition of challenging circumstances, and found it more useful to look at characteristics rather than distinct groups. They came up with the following definition: challenging circumstances = any barrier to accessing music.
Sound Connections has undertaken research into working with challenging circumstances, looking at the skills and qualities needed, different pathways music leaders can follow and ways of sharing best practice. You can download the research briefing paper here.
To find out more about our work with children and young people in challenging circumstances, please contact Zoë.