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Music in Challenging Circumstances Peer Learning Scheme

Sound Connections is looking for organisations and projects to host a peer learning placement at a project or activity for young people facing challenging circumstances. 

The Peer Learning Scheme is all about connecting up a community of practice to share skills, knowledge and approaches by partnering ‘guest learners’ with a host organisation. Learners pay a one-off visit to a workshop or class run by the host to observe and experience. Thanks to funding from Youth Music, we are able to develop the scheme with a focus on challenging settings, and are delighted to add it to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offer for music educators across London. As well as being a valuable opportunity for music leaders at any stage of their professional development, it’s an opportunity for host organisations to benefit from:

  • Gaining a fresh perspective on your work from an objective outsider working in the same field.
  • Promoting your activity and sharing your work.
  • Developing new relationships and networks, and potentially building your pool of practitioners.

“We didn’t know what to expect from the work shadowing placement but it ended up as a really positive experience for all involved. Oli, our placement, was amazingly enthusiastic and threw himself into the session as much as the participants and volunteers. It didn’t feel as though we were being ‘observed’ or ‘evaluated’, he just felt like part of team very quickly.
What was particularly good from our point of view was after the session having someone, with a lot of experience in a similar field, positively feeding back to us on the way we worked. For Oli to have understood and come away with key concepts and ideas from our methodology in just a couple of hours was heartening to hear.
It was really good to have that outside perspective, to be reminded of what works in our practice. Those experiences help build your confidence as a practitioner and can feed into the constant evaluation of why your work is important.”
– Richard Phoenix from Heart n Soul, who hosted a placement earlier this year.

Applying to be a Peer Learning Scheme 2015-2016 host

At this stage we’re inviting applications from potential host projects and organisations who would like to offer a placement lasting no longer than 1 day between October 2015 and February 2016. We look forward to building an exciting range of opportunities – for those keen to take on a placement as a guest learner, watch out for the application launch in September.

Click the links below to download the submission form. If you have any questions about the Peer Learning Scheme, contact Zoë for more details.

Submission form in pdf. format
Submission form in Word doc. format

Taking Off: Sound Connections Challenging Circumstances Music Network Conference 2015

Interested in learning more about the CCMN, and Sound Connections’ work with young people in challenging circumstances? Come to our next annual conference, Taking Off, on Tuesday 17 November 2015 – in partnership with English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Read more and book your place now!


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