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 founding aim of the project was 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 was 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 audio-visual streamer/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 opportunities to teachers and music leaders.
NYMAZ leads the project in partnership with technology company UCan Play .We work with Music Education Hub partners, schools, music leaders, professional musicians and music organisations to help develop better and broader access to music education for all, with live online experiences at the core.
We have published two research reports which outline the impacts and benefits of integrating online learning into Music Education Hubs’ programmes of work. You can read these, and access a number of toolkits and resources relating to the project, here.
We are delighted to have secured funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to further develop the work and truly embed it in the planning and practice of Music Education Hubs across the country. A call for Hubs to engage with the project between 2018- 21 will be launched in November 2017.
The first phase of Connect: Resound was focussed in North Yorkshire, and 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).
The second phase of action research was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the JP Getty Jr Charitable Trust. Our Music Education Hub Partners were:
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
We are currently inviting Expressions of Interest from Music Education Hubs with an interest in delivering online tuition in their localities. The deadline is 1 December 2017. For further details, please click here.