NYMAZ launched All Together Now on Tuesday 12 June, with funding from Potterspury Lodge Trust and Youth Music.
The event opened with some wonderful live music from Milestones Trio (a Jazz group featuring Live Music Now musicians). After hearing the musical delights attendees were invited to join us for some short presentations which offered up insights into the projects delivery and a platform for any questions.
Director, Sarah McWatt, welcomed everyone to the launch of this new programme which is being delivered over the next three years. All Together Now aims to roll out innovative approaches to music-making that enable children with complex needs to participate in, and benefit from, high quality music, whilst also increasing skills and knowledge across the county to continue this work in the future.
With a short introduction and overview of the programme from NYMAZ’s Programme and Networks Manager,
Millie Raw Mackenzie, attendees then had the opportunity to hear from our partners themselves who gave a short presentation about their projects and planned delivery.
Helen Mahoney from Live Music Now introduced their new projects; All Together Now and Musicians in Residence.
All Together Now is a project for the families of young people with SEND. A monthly music club in three community locations (one per year) will provide interactive music-making workshops and performances from a Live Music Now ensemble. Live Music Now have partnered with SELFA and are launching this project in Skipton with a taster session taking place in June!
Musicians in Residence will allow musicians to work closely with school staff at Brompton School from September for 30 sessions across the year. This will consist of small group music making, one-to-one sessions and providing a bespoke programme. Helping support individual pupils but also the delivery of the music curriculum across school by training and up-skilling current teaching staff to provide a continuation of this work once the residency is complete.
Julie Green, iMuse Coordinator from Accessible Arts and Media introduced the exciting gazebo in the corner of the room where they had set up the iMuse. Attendees were able to experience a live display of the interactive one-to-one multi-sensory experience used therapeutically with people with SEND. AAM will work with Henshaws Specialist College this year to embed the iMuse set-up in their SEND setting. Training will be provided to staff to encourage confidence to continue working with iMuse after this year so that the legacy of this fantastic work continues.
After hearing from Live Music Now and Accessible Arts and Media about their new project delivery attendees were invited to try out the iMuse equipment for themselves and experience first hand the work which will be taking place and have any questions still lingering answered. Whilst these ‘try-outs’ were taking place the opportunity for networking with other attendees and organisations was encouraged through another round of coffee and cake and the musical treat of the Milestones Trio!
The launch was an opportunity to share ideas for new practise in settings inspired by the programme, discussing the CPD opportunities and delivery practitioners would like to be able to access, and also the barriers they face currently. NYMAZ look forward to being able to offer some tailored CPD opportunities in the future from the outcome of these discussions, so watch this space!