Living in the countryside means that transport times and costs can often limit the musical opportunities open to children and young people. Connect: Resound is an exciting pro-ject exploring how digital technologies can be used in rurally isolated areas to provide in-strumental tuition, access to live music performances and teacher training.
The aim is to identify a cost-efficient, high quality method of enhancing the music educa-tion opportunities on offer; a business model which can be shared with Music Hubs across the country. Following a successful pilot phase in North Yorkshire, the approach is now being further developed in partnership with Music Education Hubs across the country.
Connect: Resound uses video-streaming technologies and online communication tools, such as Skype, in school settings One of the technologies is the Roland VR-3EX mixer as it offers multiple camera angles, shown in our pilot research phase to enable greater interaction and quality of experience for both young people and music leaders.
The project also provides schools with virtual access to unique, inspiring and high-profile music experiences, as well as offering online Continuing Professional Development op-portunities to teachers and music leaders.
Our Music Education Hub Partners are:
Durham and Darlington Music Education Hub
North Yorkshire Music Hub
Cumbria Music Education Hub
East Riding of Yorkshire Music Education Hub
Cornwall Music Education Hub
The current phase of action research is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the JP Getty Jr Charitable Trust.
The first phase of Connect: Resound was supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts (artsdigitalrnd.org.uk), a £7 million fund to support collaboration between organisa-tions with arts projects, technology providers, and researchers. It is a partnership between Arts Council England (www.artscouncil.org.uk), Arts and Humanities Research Coun-cil (www.ahrc.ac.uk) and Nesta (www.nesta.org.uk).