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Music Education

is the life for me!

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

We've been consumed by sea fever and turned decidedly nautical this month! You can sit on the dock of the bay if you like, folks, but we'd much prefer you to join us over and under the sea for some pearls of wisdom for mid-Spring.

You don't have to be Popeye to appreciate this month's offerings, which we're sure will have you doing the hornpipe with us:

Don't just sail on sailor or get tempted away by the song of the siren! Send your news to us via a message in a bottle if you have to... (but you might want to try facebook, twitter or first).

All the best,


Somewhere beyond the sea on behalf of Yorkshire Youth and Music

This month's resources

News and useful articles
The DCMS's 'Culture is Digital' report gives cultural organisations a thorough look at how technology can help them engage with their audiences, says Music:Ed
Did you know that you can create an orchestra of DJs? DJWorx gives us the lowdown on the Technics Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra...

...and if you haven't already come across DJWorx and you're a DJ at any level, it is well worth checking out the rest of the site
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Yorkshire Youth & Music News

Youth Justice settings
and Arts Award

Yorkshire Youth & Music has been working in Secure Children’s Homes for a few years now, and we are doing Arts Awards with young people who are resident there.

In addition to our on-going music workshops, Bronze Arts Award involves visiting an arts event (which the young people invited into the secure home instead), research into an artist, and a skill-sharing session. As of this month, the young people are well on their way to gaining their first award!

Read more about our project here
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 the next 12 months, in our Singing & Signing Space.

This month, our very own director, Gail Dudson, has produced a detailed guide on Singing and Signing, based on the findings from our Great Singing, Great Signing project and from the Singing and Signing Summit we held in January.

The guide draws on the expertise of musicians involved in the GS,GS project, with valuable contributions from facilitators from around the country who work with Deaf, Hearing Impaired or Learning Disabled people.

Yorkshire Youth and Music training
YY&M's training takes place in direct connection with the needs of our projects

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

Please take a look at our current projects for the types of work we're doing and the young people we're working with now. And feel free to contact us if you want to get involved!

Training in Yorkshire

Arts Award training

Discover & Explore
Wednesday 25th April in Leeds (advisor)
Bronze & Silver
Friday 18th May in York (advisor)
Tuesday 26th June in Leeds

Artswork: Behaviour Management and Youth Arts
Thursday 26th April, 10am - 4.15pm in Leeds
Understanding challenging behaviour and the best ways to cope with it is essential to any youth arts project. This one day course looks at how you can create a positive environment to get the most out of your young people
MUS0C – Music and Social Intervention Research Network: Knowledge Exchange Forum
Call for participation from York St John University
Closing date is Monday 30th April

This one day event (on Saturday 6th October 2018) provides an opportunity to exchange knowledge and share understandings of the concepts of excellence, inclusion, and intervention in relation to music projects and programmes
Training further away...
CM: Music Leader Training Course
Starts Saturday 21st April 2018
The course is held over the Saturday and Sunday of five weekends, 11am – 6pm on both days
CM is a youth and community music organisation that provides creative music making opportunities for people of all backgrounds
Artswork: Child Protection and Safeguarding in the Arts and Cultural Sector
Thursday 10th May, 10am - 4.15pm in Birmingham
This course provides a full update on current child protection legislation and will provide practical advice to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues
MMA Music Teaching Professionals Conference
18th - 20th May at Eton College
The MMA Conference is a widely respected annual gathering of professionals in music education with a comprehensive and diverse programme of some of the best speakers in the UK
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
Making Music Day is on Thursday 21st June this year. All the details for getting involved are at

5 tips for a DJ career from Creative Choices
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Jobs and Opportunities
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Meet Wikie, the world's first talking killer whale

before we leave you with these words by Spike Milligan:

I must go down to the sea again,
    to the lonely sea and the sky;
I left my shoes and socks there -
    I wonder if they're dry?

As much as we'd love to quit the 9 to 5 to travel the world with a piano,
it's back to the YY&M office for us, folks!
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