26 Jan 2021


NYMAZ launches call for submissions to Connect: Resound Remote Music Learning Festival 2021

Music teachers, academics, Hub managers and music education firms invited to share their innovative practice, case studies & perspectives

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the Connect: Resound Remote Music Learning Festival 2021 for music education professionals from 17 to 21 May 2021. We are now launching a call for submissions, inviting those in the sector to put forward their ideas for innovative learning events that can take place in an online space. The Festival will offer an opportunity to celebrate success, explore challenges, take stock and identify new opportunities for growth and collaboration.

Call for submissions

Connect: Resound Remote Music Learning Festival 2021 For music education professionals


The festival will take place over the week of 17-21 May 2021

Call for submissions closes: 8th March 2021
We will be in touch by: 31 March 2021


This year has seen a huge surge in interest and confidence in online music learning, prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as accelerated innovation both in music education practice and in digital technology. Connect: Resound has been exploring the use of digital technology to increase access to instrumental lessons and live music experiences for over 6 years, working with schools, Music Education Hubs, arts organisations and professionals across the UK. And during the first phase of the pandemic we provided free CPD training to over 3000 individuals in the sector who were making the switch to online.

As we reach this pivotal moment in virtual music learning, we are excited to bring you the Connect: Resound Remote Music Learning Festival 2021. It will offer an opportunity to celebrate success, explore challenges, take stock and identify new opportunities for growth and collaboration.

And we need you to make the programme sing - and play!

We are inviting submissions from music teachers, academics, Hub managers, music education companies and anyone with interesting case studies or perspectives to share!

We are looking for innovative learning events which can take place in an online space, including:
- case studies
- academic papers
- presentations
- workshops
- practical sessions


The festival will be programmed across four themed strands:

•  Teaching Music Online - the pedagogy, practice, challenges and opportunities. How does teaching online change the way we teach and learn music? Who does it help? What barriers does it help overcome? How can we make it inclusive? How can we teach well online? What needs to be live in online teaching, and where can online resources do the job just as well?

•  Making Music Online - how can we create music online together? What are the challenges, technologies, approaches that have worked for you? What technical skills do you need and how do you engage young people safely and inclusively?

•  Creating and Curating Online Music Experiences - exploring innovative ways of presenting educational music experiences. How can online music be exciting, engaging, inspirational? What do we know about how to reach and engage audiences? How do different age groups respond and engage with online content?

•  The Future of Online Music Education - what would a hybrid on/offline Music Hub offer look like? How might our business models need to adapt? What access barriers will an online offer help us overcome? What technology is on the horizon that can help us?

The Festival Audience

The core audience for the learning festival is those working for and with Music Education Hubs (in England) and similar music education services across the UK and beyond, as well as musicians, music practitioners, policymakers, artists, arts organisations and academics with an interest in this field.

To submit your idea

We would love to hear from you if you have something to share on the above topics. Please use this Google form:

https://forms.gle/SkLmNxDzc8f5nfaT7

Timings

Tell us about your ideas by 26th February 2020 and we will be in touch by 31 March 2020.

Support

We will be able to provide a flat fee for contributions to enable participation - for instance if you are a freelancer, small charity or have been significantly impacted as an organisation by Covid-19. Please make sure you have told us about this in the Google form, via the link above.

Background information

Connect: Resound is the pioneering project of youth music charity NYMAZ. It has been exploring the use of online digital technology to increase access to instrumental lessons and live music experiences since 2014. We have worked with schools, Music Education Hubs and arts organisations across the country to develop the sector’s skills and confidence in delivering music education online. We also offer free membership of the NYMAZ Remote Music Learning Network which supports and connects professionals with an interest in online music education.

Initially we concentrated on using digital music education to overcome the challenge of rural isolation. However, our remit has extended as it has become increasingly clear that online approaches could surmount other barriers to access too, from mental health issues to excluded children.

For further details on the project see www.connectresound.org.uk (online music tuition) and www.connectresound.live (online music experiences).

To join the Remote Music Learning Network (free), visit www.nymaz.org.uk/for-professionals/remote

NYMAZ’s Connect: Resound programme is made possible thanks to support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Youth Music.

 



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