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Hoppin' and a-boppin'

and a-singing a (music education) song!

Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the Yorkshire Youth & Music bulletin.

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No, folks, I'm not advertising a very famous social media site. Nor have I lost my marbles... not completely...

This month, we're celebrating the impending Christmas period through that infamous little red breasted bird, the Erithacus Rubecula or European Robin:

Whether you are tweeting or using any kind of communication platform, we'd love to hear your Christmas views (and news) via facebook, twitter or

All the best as always,


Rockin' around the Christmas tree
On behalf of the team at Yorkshire Youth and Music

This month's resources

News and useful articles
This year’s Children in Need Day was on 16th November, and raised over £50 million for work to support children. We’re very pleased to say that we are one of CiN's recipient organisations, with a grant to support our work enabling Deaf young people to experience good quality music-making through both singing and learning to play musical instruments...

Following on from the news of the Voices Foundation's 25th anniversary last month, here is a link to the Songs of Home resources, available for schools and music hubs to use NOW...

Making Music, Making Communities is a report from The University of Sheffield on the results of an online survey asking Making Music member organisations about the connections between leisure-time musical groups and their local communities. Definitely an interesting read...

A series of music making projects for Early Years children from Youth Music


The Cultural Sector continues to grow faster than the UK economy according to Arts Professional

Sound and Music: National Educators' Survey
Sound and Music is asking for anyone involved - directly or indirectly - in using music with children and young people to complete their survey, which aims to build a robust national picture of the place of composing and creative music-making within music education

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Yorkshire Youth & Music News
Congratulations to our Director!

We are delighted to say that our Director, Gail Dudson, has passed her Psychology in Music MA with Merit. According to Gail, it's been a long time since she’d written an essay (the last time was in 2000, when she completed her MBA), and given that she’d studied composition and performance for her music degree in the late 1980s, essay writing there had been minimal, so she was a little rusty to begin with...!

"The best thing about the opportunity", she says, "was access to hundreds of research papers on all aspects of music which are so beneficial to current practice."
The Singing & Signing Space
In honour of our continuing work with Deaf and Hearing Impaired (DHI) children, we are sharing our resources with you for FREE, one per month for 12 months, in our Singing & Signing Space.

This month, we're offering a bumper S&SS - the final two songs in our resource video series: You've Got a Friend in Me and Johnny B Goode (along with a bonus explanation video for the latter).

You can find all the songs in the series (including warm ups and a range of repertoire) on our YouTube channel, all delivered by our Great Singing, Great Signing facilitator, Paul Whittaker OBE.

Yorkshire Youth and Music training
If you would like to access training in music education with children in challenging circumstances, we might be able to help.

Our training takes place in direct connection with the needs of our projects, and you can find out more on our current projects page on our website.

From January 2019, we will not list training opportunities in our bulletin, but we will continue to offer training to those who work with music and children and young people.

Please feel free to contact us if you want to find out more about the types of work we're doing, the young people we're working with or you just want to get involved!

Training in Yorkshire

Arts Award training

Discover & Explore
Wednesday 16th January 2019 in York (adviser)
Bronze & Silver
Wednesday 27th February 2019 in York (adviser)
Friday 15th February 2019 in Leeds (adviser)

Music Mark: Leadership Development Programme
18th January 2019 - 26th June 2019 in Leeds
The Five Dimensions of Leadership is a leadership development programme for Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders and Aspiring Leaders within Music Services and Music Hubs. The programme consists of five specifically designed sessions, each developing an inquiry approach into leadership

Scope: Communication and Behaviour
February 2019
The Vinery, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds LS9 9LU

Two twilight courses run to support you in developing your skills to work with disabled children:

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 6 - 8.30pm
Giving you the confidence to better understand how to communicate with disabled young people

Wednesday 13th February 2019, 6 - 8.30pm
How to support disabled children to manage their feelings and behaviour

Scope is fully funding this training, but may charge for non-attendance.

To book your place, call 0113 3570038 or email
Training further away...
Morley College: Certificate for Music Educators
Starts Monday 7th January 2019 in London
The Certificate for Music Educators (London) is focussed on developing and promoting inclusion in music education and is designed to help musicians work with children and young people in challenging circumstances
Designed to help you negotiate legal frameworks and highlight best practice, this new course places a specific focus on the needs of young people in your workforce
This one-day course provides an introduction to a creative approach to group facilitation. It aims to encourage, develop and inspire those with responsibility to lead others through a facilitative process, be it for the purposes of team building, consultation, idea-generation or training
Sound Connections: Inclusive Practice in Action
Thursday 14th February 2019, 10.30am - 4.15pm
Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London

A day that includes discussions and practical workshops on social justice, inclusion and accessibility in the music sector
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Training, Events and News for Young People

Please pass on the following opportunities to any young people aspiring to play / work in the music / music education sector

The National Centre for Early Music has announced their Young Composers Award winners of 2018...

5 things musicians should know about production deals and Understanding band agreements, both from Creative Choices

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Jobs and Opportunities
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How about a little robin song for a winter afternoon?
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