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Taking Off: Sound Connections Challenging Circumstances Music Network Conference

The Sound Connections CCMN Conference 2015 is fast approaching. To tempt those of you yet to book your ticket, here’s more information about some of the contributors and their workshops.

Young Researchers

Young Researchers representing Sound Connections’ progression routes research will be participating in activities throughout the day.  You can look forward to seeing, hearing and experiencing their work during the morning Taking Off presentation and activity but, in the meantime, check out a preview of their work with a film by Scarlett (Kinetika Bloco) and a report by Adem (Wired4Music) on our resources page.

Graham Dowdall – music-making in SEN/D settings

Graham Dowdall will deliver a practical workshop based upon his work with special schools in Redbridge, in partnership with Redbridge Hub.  Through a short presentation and practical activity, Graham will introduce participants to:

  • How he accommodated a wide range of needs within the same activities and material, encompassing moderate autism to Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.
  • The musical progression he witnessed and supported.
  • Enabling young people to have a voice and take ownership of their work.
  • An overview of the project and its partnerships, including how Graham delivered the workshops in partnership with a special school Teaching Assistant and a music service peripatetic tutor.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Graham’s Redbridge SEN project, you can read the final evaluation report here.

Hermione Jones, the Irene Taylor Trust – the musical progression support worker

Irene Taylor Trust projects support NEET young people, ex-prisoners and people of all ages in prisons.  They believe creating original music collaboratively has a powerful positive impact on people’s lives, bringing new confidence, important transferrable skills and raised aspirations for the future. Music can break down barriers and help people who have found themselves on the fringes of society to become celebrated and valued members of the community.

Hermione Jones will present findings, tools, hints & tips from her research into being a musical progression support worker; the skill, knowledge and capacity it takes to support vulnerable young people to engage in sustained music activity and progress over time.  Hermione’s session will draw upon experience of her shaping a new role at the Irene Taylor Trust where her focus is on enabling and supporting progression against some of the most challenging odds.

Hermione’s research continues and will be available via the Sound Connections website by early 2016. 

John Speyer, Music In Detention – song-writing in detention

Music In Detention believes that working through music can give immigration detainees a powerful way to voice their feelings, concerns and hopes. They also believe that music can help break down barriers of prejudice about immigration and asylum, so work with communities local to detention centres to create music in response to detainees and their stories.

John will present a session that introduces delegates to Music In Detention’s work and will share their approach to song-writing in Immigration Removal Centres as a vehicle for expression, community connectedness and understanding.

If you’d like to find out more about Music In Detention’s work, a report about their work in Hillingdon (commissioned by the Sound Connections Challenging Circumstances Music Network) can be found here.

To get 30% off your ticket, book before Friday 30 October using the promotional code CCMNDiscount when booking online. Click here to book your tickets now >


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