- Abigail D’Amore & Sound Connections join the team –
Youth music charity NYMAZ is pleased to announce that it has boosted the team working on its pioneering digital music education project, Connect: Resound. Abigail D’Amore has been brought on board as an Associate whilst Sound Connections has won the evaluation consultant contract.
As an Associate, Abigail D’Amore will support Music Education Hubs who have begun to use online tuition in their work to incorporate online and digital learning approaches into their overall business planning, embedding the role that digital approaches can play in extending access to music education.
Formerly Chief Executive of Musical Futures, Abigail established herself as a freelance consultant and project manager in spring 2017. With expertise in informal and non-formal pedagogies and practice as a means of increasing engagement and participation, she has worked with a wide range of clients including Creative People and Places, Surrey Arts, Nottingham City Music Service, as well as music education organisations in Australia, Canada, China and America.
Sound Connections will be working alongside Connect: Resound’s New Context Music Education Hub partners to explore the potential for blended learning to be applied to new areas of music education practice.
Whilst continuing to address rural isolation, these projects will be exploring how Connect: Resound’s tried and tested model of delivering instrumental lessons and other music activities online may be valuable in increasing access and encouraging participation of children facing additional difficulties such as mental health issues and exclusion from school. Sound Connections will be work alongside the Hubs to capture and share the learning from this work.
Sound Connections is a leading strategic music education charity that exists to facilitate change. It launched its consultancy service in 2012 and is currently acting as external evaluator for a range of clients including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Change Makers programme, the National Open Youth Orchestra, BBC Ten Pieces and City of London Sinfonia’s work with young people in mental health settings and primary schools.
Emily Penn, Project Manager, Connect: Resound said, “We are delighted that the trailblazing work of Connect: Resound will continue to grow and develop with the input of these experienced, skilled and innovative partners. Together with our cohort of Music Education Hubs, we all look forward to significantly developing the body of knowledge and practice around how online approaches can become a mainstream element in music education, and how they can continue to extend access to and participation in music activities by young people.”
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