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Exploring Youth Voice within Music-Making Practices in Classical Music Education

Monday 7 November 2022

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Online via Zoom

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Course Leader: Isabella Mayne

In 2021 Sound Connections, Dr Anna Bull and Lewisham Music Hub undertook an action research project, called The Music Lab, that examined how Youth Voice can be embedded in music-making practices within classical music education.

The Music Lab team explored classical music education through both practical activities and discussion; with participants reflecting on their own experiences of classical music education and how they thought it could be more inclusive and youth-led.

The output of this research is a toolkit: which aims to provide practical tools for practitioners to explore and/or enhance Youth Voice engagement within their practice. The toolkit comprises ideas and activities used during The Music Lab course, and seeks to provide inspiration and resources for instrumental teachers, class music teachers, ensemble leaders and other musicians and teachers working in the classical music education sector.

Join us to explore the toolkit, take part in some practical activities and leave with tangible resources to explore Youth Voice within your practice.

You can read the toolkit here >

Who is this session for?

  • Primary and secondary music teachers / leaders
  • Peripatetic / instrumental / vocal teachers
  • Workshop leaders / practitioners working in schools
  • Music Education Hub / music education organisation staff / leaders working in schools
  • Anyone working in the music education sector that wishes to broaden their perspective on how to incorporate Youth Voice within classical instrumental and ensemble teaching.

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£25 – Individuals/freelancers; £35 – Organisations with a turnover of less than £100k; £45 – Organisations with a turnover of more than £100k*

We actively encourage teams from organisations to attend our training courses, to facilitate ongoing discussion and change in your workplace. Group discounts are available for organisations sending groups of 3 or more colleagues. Please contact emily@sound-connections.org.uk for information.

*We have a limited number of bursary places available on our training programme for individuals who are unable to pay. Please email emily@sound-connections.org.uk to discuss the options.


Isabella Mayne

Isabella has worked in a wide range of contexts within the music education world: from class music teacher and Head of Department, to workshop facilitator, ensemble leader, hub tutor and project manager. She was the former Education Lead and later Deputy CEO of Newham Music, and has previously worked for Brent Music, Lewisham Music and Bromley Youth Music Trust. Isabella originally became interested in Youth Voice back in 2008, when she came across Lucy’s Green’s work with Musical Futures, and over the last 12 years has sought to embed this within her own practice. In addition to The Music Lab, she has also devised and delivered Youth Voice training on behalf of Sound Connections for organisations such as the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and West Sussex Music Hub.

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