20 Apr 2021

NYMAZ Launches Connect: Resound Learning Festival

Free event for music education sector to explore and celebrate remote learning
17 - 21 May, sign up for sessions at www.connectresoundfest.org.uk

Youth music charity and digital pioneer NYMAZ is launching a free, week-long festival for the music education community to come together, share learning and celebrate success. The Connect: Resound Learning Festival - which will also explore the future of remote music learning - will run online from Monday 17 May to Friday 21 May.

All sessions will be free and each day will focus on a particular theme from online teaching and working with groups, to creating online music performances and discussing the next steps for the sector. View the programme and book your free sessions at www.connectresoundfestival.org.uk

Emily Penn, Project Manager, explains the thinking behind this new event, “The arrival of the pandemic meant that suddenly Hubs, schools and teachers were all forced into a situation where online music learning was our only option. It has been amazing to witness the response across the music education sector and we wanted an opportunity to capture the learnings and share experiences. Essentially, we were keen to press pause so that together we can evaluate everything that the sector has delivered and think about the road ahead.

“The Festival programme welcomes a stellar line-up who will run live workshops, participatory webinars and discussions. We’re also hosting an evening programme where practitioners can focus on wellbeing and their own creativity - after all, we’ve all just experienced a year like no other!”

For the past seven years, NYMAZ’s flagship Connect: Resound initiative has been investigating new ways of learning digitally, working closely with Music Education Hubs, arts organisations and schools across the country. The project has explored how online music education can help overcome challenges to learning such as rural isolation, mental health issues and excluded children. As soon as the first lockdown started, NYMAZ launched new resources and accelerated its free CPD programme, training 3367 music professionals within the space of a few weeks. 

The line up includes:
Music organisations and charities: Musicians’ Union, Live Music Now, Music Teacher Magazine, Music Making SENse, The National Centre for Early Music, Orchestras Live, Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, The Music Works, Athenry Music School Sinfonietta, musictutors.co.uk, Music Education Solutions, Noise Solutions, Beat Goes On
Music Education Hubs: CYMAZ Music, Wiltshire Music Connect, Hertfordshire Music Education Hub, Leicestershire Music Hub
Music examination boards: Trinity, ABRSM, MTB
Plus many frontline practitioners and a series of fantastic specialists

All sessions are completely free, thanks to the support of Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Through the Arts Fund, Youth Music and Arts Council.  Places are limited.

Tags | Advocacy | Digital | Music Education Hub | Music projects | Practice-sharing | Press release | Remote music learning | Training & CPD

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