Individual stories

Musical Mums

Now in its 5th year, Musical Mums is a highly successful initiative working with teenage mothers, aimed at creating a welcoming environment and promoting positive interaction with their children through music. The weekly sessions involve music creation and singing, encouraging the children to respond in a positive manner to the music and to the sounds of their mothers' voices. The sessions offer the mothers and their children the opportunity to bond in a way that is otherwise unavailable in their day-to-day lives, learning together in a fun environment, gaining new skills and confidence and making new friends.

Musical Storytimes

Musical Storytimes saw NYMAZ collaborating with North Yorkshire County Council Library Service. Favourite books were used as a starting point for fun musical activities for the under 5s. The aims of the project are twofold. Firstly to introduce children to a range of musical instruments and styles and to provide them with opportunities to express themselves creatively through music, thus building their confidence, coordination, communication and listening skills. Secondly, to encourage children, parents and carers to access their local library for fun, educational activities and to use this as a way of building and strengthening links between the library and the local community.


Now in its 5th year, RAMJam was the brainchild of musical director Richard Ormrod, who wanted to create a junior community jazz ensemble to perform alongside Dales Jam, an established adult community jazz ensemble based in Skipton. With fantastic support from Dales Jam and the Victoria Theatre in Settle, the project consists of 12 weeks of workshops for young people aged 9 – 19 years old in the Settle and Ribblesdale area, ending with a gig at the Victoria Hall with Dales Jam and a special guest soloist.

Musical Monuments

Musical Monuments is an exciting project which launched in summer 2008 in the spectacular setting of Beningbrough Hall. The Hall is home to a large collection of 18th century portraits from the National Portrait Gallery and the young people used these as their inspiration under the guidance of the Hall’s education team. Twenty-two 8 - 12 year olds from across Hambleton and Ryedale took part in the project, creating their own original compositions and sound installations using a combination of live instruments and music technology.

Apprentice-led Singing and Signing Workshops

This project sees NYMAZ collaborating with partner Accessible Arts and Media (AAM) to introduce more accessible forms of music making, such as singing and signing to enhanced mainstream schools as well as disabled and non-disabled youth clubs. The project is focused on delivering high quality inclusive workshops that are led by one of AAM’s learning disabled apprentice leaders alongside professional leaders.

Ben’s Story

Ben is an 11-year-old boy who had little experience of hands-on music-making, beyond singing. His whole class took part in this cross-curricular project (music, history, literacy, art) which was inspired by the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy and culminated in a public performance of soundscapes and an image slideshow. All pupils took part in various workshops exploring medieval music, folk songs, composition and soundscapes.

Pupils on the Scilly Isles built their band with the help of a virtual teacher!

Connect: Resound’s Cornwall project worked with Year 9 students at Five Islands School on the Isles of Scilly to explore music making, learning how to play a range of instruments and work together as a band - with the twist that the music leader was based over on the mainland and worked with the pupils over the internet..