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Delivering music activities with children and young people online: what is working?

Wednesday 17 June 2020

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online via Zoom

We are offering this course free of charge due to the current COVID-19 situation. However, Sound Connections is a charity and we would appreciate your support to enable us to continue to offer opportunities to those working with young people through music. If you are able to donate please do so here.

Jim Pinchen: Surrey Music Hub
Shayanna Dyer-Harris: Kinetika Bloco
Tamzyn French: Kinetika Bloco


During the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen a dramatic increase in organisations repurposing their music activities for children and young people online. Whether this is through delivering online music tuition, running virtual choirs and ensembles, providing creative challenges and activities to keep young people engaged, it has challenged us as music educators to rethink the way we work.


This session will involve two organisations – Surrey Music Hub and Kinetika Bloco – sharing how they have kept children and young people engaged through music, particularly those who are vulnerable. They will share the musical, creative and collaborative activities that have been effective, the processes they went through to set these up, safeguarding, and how they have ensured their online practice is inclusive. 


Following this, there will be an open sharing session in breakout rooms with participants. Bring along a musical activity that you have found to be effective – whether with groups or individual young people – be prepared to share this with others, and take away a bank of new ideas!


This is an online session using Zoom. 

Jim Pinchen

Jim is the Inclusion & Music Programme Manager for Surrey Arts where his role focuses on ensuring Surrey Music Hub activities are inclusive and accessible for all young people. Jim set up and continues to manage the award winning Orchestra of Unlimited Potential (UP!) as well as other programmes for disadvantaged groups including ‘I Speak Music’. He is also an international composer and a trainer with Musicians Without Borders working extensively in international areas of conflict/post-conflict.

Jim Pinchen


Shayanna Dyer-Harris 

Shayanna has lived her whole life in Lambeth and been a Bloco member since the organisation began.  She now takes a leadership role as Programme Manager of our Education workshops as well as running drumming workshops in schools, leading the Bateria, and also mentoring other Bloco team members. She also teaches at WAC -performing arts and media centre in North London and performs as a singer with various bands in London.


Tamzyn French

Tamzyn has managed Kinetika Bloco since 2004 and in 2010 took on the leadership of the organisation as we moved from being part of another company to setting up as our own charity. She officially became CEO in 2018 and oversees the Bloco leading a team of 25 freelance creatives and the small office team of 3. She works closely with the board and the team to oversee the Kinetika Bloco Leadership Programme, Workshop and Performance activities and all financial management and governance.




Surry Music Hub



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