17 Apr 2018

NYMAZ announces new appointments for Connect: Resound

- 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.”


About Connect: Resound
Connect: Resound promotes the way digital technologies 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 (www.nymaz.org.uk) and delivered in partnership with technical lead UCan Play (www.ucanplay.org.uk), Music Education Hubs, Music Organisations, orchestras and venues, as well as primary, secondary and special schools across England.

Connect: Resound is currently funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Through the Arts Fund and Music for All. 

About NYMAZ,
NYMAZ is a youth music charity which champions the transformative potential of music for children and young people. As one of thirteen current strategic partners of Youth Music, NYMAZ is delivering targeted music activities and workforce development to create a musically-inclusive England, where every child can access music-making opportunities, regardless of their circumstances.

We know that music has the power to change lives – it can raise aspirations, enable personal and social development, and enhance career prospects. 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
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 opportunity, 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.

About UCan Play
UCan Play is a musical instrument and technology sales and consultancy company 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.

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