Connect: Resound
04 Sep 2017

Big Boost to Music Opportunities for Rural Children

NYMAZ awarded funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to extend innovative online music education project, Connect: Resound

NYMAZ today announces that it has been awarded £273,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Through the Arts Fund to extend its digital mu-sic education project, Connect: Resound, over the next four years.  The funding will enable a significant number of Music Education Hubs operating in rural are as to embed NYMAZ’s proven method of online learning into their programme of music tuition, thus providing many more children with access to high-quality online in-strumental lessons and live broadcasts of professional performances.

Heidi Johnson, director of NYMAZ, comments: “Connect: Resound is addressing the fact that children in rural parts of England are simply not being offered the same music opportunities. It is an enormous step forward for NYMAZ to achieve the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and will make a huge difference to our work. It will enable us to continue to combat this inequality by reaching many more rural schools and by facilitating training, networking and practice sharing for music education professionals interested in remote music learning.

We will also be exploring other areas where music provision is limited. These include online music lessons for children with special education needs and disabilities plus how to teach whole classes and multiple schools at once using online technology. We are delighted to continue our partnership with technical lead UCan Play, and look forward to exploring these new areas of focus with them, and with our Music Education Hub partners.”

Music Education Hubs wishing to take part in the next phase of Connect: Resound will be invited to make expressions of interest in October 2017. NYMAZ will be mak-ing an open call, with priority being given to those with the most significant chal-lenges to reaching young people in their localities, particularly through rural isola-tion.

The Connect: Resound live broadcast programme will launch in early 2018, with an exciting programme of music performances, across a range of genres and devel-oped specifically for school age children, broadcast live online direct to class-rooms and school halls. 

A range of resources and CPD opportunities for instrumental teachers and class-room teachers and staff with an interest in online music education will also be available throughout the project.

Anyone wishing to receive e-mail notice of the open call, and/or updates on the live broadcasts and the CPD opportunities can sign up to join the free NYMAZ Re-mote Music Learning Network at


About Connect: Resound

Connect: Resound ( promotes the way digital technolo-gies can be used to create more music education and enrichment opportunities for children living in rurally isolated areas, where transport costs and times challenge traditional methods of provision.

The project is led by youth music development charity, NYMAZ ( and de-livered in partnership with technical lead UCan Play (, Music Education Hubs, Music Organisations, orchestras and venues, as well as primary, secondary and special schools across England.

Connect: Resound was originally piloted in North Yorkshire in 2014/15 (funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts) and was then rolled out in 2015/16 to Cornwall, Cumbria, Durham and Darlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, with support from Arts Council England and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust.  Research undertaken by project partners The University of Hull during the pilot and rollout phases demonstrated that online technologies could help Music Education Hubs to overcome the high transport costs and logistical challenges of reaching children in isolated areas.

Connect: Resound has also established a UK-wide network of practitioners and organisations working in the field of remote music learning, to share practice and offer Continuing Profes-sional Development events. To find our more see:

Schools and Music Education Hubs interested in offering online instrumental tuition are invited to visit to access the full research report as well as guidance on preparing for and implementing remote lessons

NYMAZ is a youth music development charity which champions the transformative potential of music for children and young people. We know that music has the power to change lives – it can raise aspirations, enable personal and social development, and enhance career pro-spects. Working with our trusted partners, we deliver high quality music-making activities across North Yorkshire to those in challenging circumstances, including rural isolation. We are also committed to strengthening the sector through workforce development, building strategic partnerships and advocating for the benefits of participatory music.

About Paul Hamlyn Foundation

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‘Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. Our mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of op-portunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. We have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts and social justice is the golden thread that links all our work.’

Our mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.

The overall purpose of the Arts Based Learning Fund is to support arts organisations working with schools, colleges and other education environments to improve the evidence base for their work, so that they can do more to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people. The purpose of our More and Better grants is to support activities and programmes which have been successfully piloted or are already established and where there is good initial evidence to show why the work is promising and has a positive impact.

About UCan Play
UCan Play is a musical instrument and technology sales and consultancy compa-ny specialising in the education sector. UCan Play works in partnership with other organisations to help promote music education in a range of settings. Partners include Steinway & Sons, Roland UK, Musical Futures, Sound &Music, CLIC Sargent and many others. Full details about UCan Play and their work can be found here:


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