NYMAZ Early Years Music Network

NYMAZ early years network

This network is open to all those working in North Yorkshire with children aged 0 to 5, including music practitioners, workshop leaders, playgroup leaders, children’s centre managers and staff, childminders, and students.

Basic membership is free, and members in this tier receive:
• Quarterly e-bulletins featuring the latest policy updates, research and sector news
• Invitations to Early Years Music CPD and Networking events in North Yorkshire, ensuring they’re the first to hear about training opportunities nearby.

Full Membership
For a small annual charge of only £25 per setting (up to three named staff) or £10 for an individual freelancer, full members receive e-bulletins and event invitations, PLUS:
• Free networking events*
• Discounts on NYMAZ conferences and training*
• Free webinars
• Access to online resources in the NYMAZ website Members’ Area
• Free 3-week hire of resource kits*
• Free one-to-one advice in own setting (limited number)*
• Free opportunity to observe another practitioner delivering a music activity (limited number)*
*Within North Yorkshire county area.

Launched in September 2012, the Network has attracted over 300 members from settings as diverse as arts organisations to community nurseries, as well as freelance music practitioners and Head Teachers.

Regional Early Years Music networking events allow members to meet peers and experienced EY music practitioners, share practice with each other and pick up new tools, resources, songs and games to use in their own settings. See below for upcoming networking dates.

Our most recent Early Years Music Network Conference, 15 March 2016 in Skipton, included presentations from Dr Susan Young, early childhood music specialist; and Lucinda Geoghegan, Education Director for National Youth Choirs of Scotland and writer of the popular ‘Singing Games and Rhymes’ series of books. Workshops at the conference covered musical interaction for children with additional needs, implementing the Sounds of Intent framework in the Early Years, and examples of embedding music and physicality in early years settings.

“Really interactive / loads of ideas. Simple and cheap props to use, and I will…tomorrow!”
“Inspirational…the work/research is amazing.”

- Delegate feedback

Below are the visual minutes created during the NYMAZ Early Years Music Network Conference 2016.
NYMAZ Visual Minutes

Resources for Network members include our online song bank, full of song ideas suitable for early years children; and a resources library, with kits available for members to borrow for up to three weeks at a time.

The Network also offers tailored advice and support for members, which include session observation and supportive feedback from an experienced Early Years music practitioner.

Diary dates

NYMAZ Early Years Music Network Conference
Tuesday 27 February 2018
Scarborough Spa, Scarborough

Details of how to book will be announced nearer the event.

Launch of the NYMAZ Early Years Music Network Songbook: Songs for Modern Childhoods

As part of the NYMAZ Early Years Music Network, we’ve created a Songbook as a new resource for anyone with an interest in music making in early childhood. We have commissioned twelve new original songs, many written by early years practitioners working in the Yorkshire region, aiming to reflect and represent contemporary childhoods as experienced by children today.

NYMAZ Early Years Songbook: Practitioner CPD Workshops

This is a CPD opportunity for members of the NYMAZ Early Years Music Network to join experienced music leaders and composers, Hannah Dilworth and Kathryn Sturman, as they demonstrate creative ways to engage children with the Songbook. Come along and be inspired by ways to bring the songs to life in your setting. More details here: http://www.nymaz.org.uk/news/post/nymaz-early-years-songbook-practitioner-cpd-workshops/

Get the book!

Songs for Modern Childhood is available:
- Free of charge to full members of the NYMAZ Early Years Music Network
- Or for non-members, £5 (plus £4 P&P), direct from NYMAZ, call 01904 543382 or e-mail millie@nymaz.org.uk
- Songbooks will be on sale at NYMAZ Early Years Music Network CPD events for £5.
- Via Harrogate International Festivals website http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/music-festival/nymaz-songbook-workshop/

We are in the process of producing live recordings of these songs, with an initial and very successful visit to the NYMAZ Music for Two project at Catterick Garrison – a project that supports transient military families who have babies or toddlers. Further recording sessions will take place over the coming weeks to form a CD that accompanies the Songbook.

As well as the beautiful voices of children and parents from various Early Years settings in North Yorkshire, chord symbols and piano accompaniment are also included, in some places, for those who wish to play along. Our songwriters have provided suggestions for how to engage children in the songs, such as accompanying actions and musical interpretations.

If you’re not already a member of the network, join today to be kept up to date with future events!

Join the network

Basic Membership is free, and includes e-bulletins and e-mail invitations only.

Full Membership costs £25 per setting, or £10 for self-employed individuals, for one academic year. Membership will expire on 31 August of the current academic year, or the following year for those joining after 1 June. Payment is by cheque payable to NYMAZ, or direct bank transfer.

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