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Welcome to our new look bulletin for 2018!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the January 2018 edition of the Yorkshire Youth & Music bulletin!

To start, we're doing things a little differently around here...

First off, we're unveiling a new format for our monthly bulletin. All of our bulletins feature:

And next month, the puns return with a vengeance, folks...!

Secondly, we're dedicating this month's bulletin to deaf and hearing impaired (DHI) young people and our commitment to support them in making music.

When taking part in our Great Singing, Great Signing project, both hearing and hearing impaired young people have the opportunity to sign, or to sing, or do both. We have seen a lot about deaf young people and music making in the news and our views are simple: young people should have the opportunity to try things out and then decide for themselves. With that in mind, we've included lots of links to helpful resources to get YOU started on working with DHI young people yourself... Take a look below.

Don't forget... you can still send your news to us on facebook, twitter or via!

All the best,


Signing and signing along with Paul Whitaker OBE
on behalf of the team at Yorkshire Youth and Music

This month's resources

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Yorkshire Youth & Music News
Great Singing, Great Signing

At the end of this month, we're meeting up with local and national organisations to talk about provision of music and best practice when working with Deaf and Hearing Impaired (DHI) children. We will be publishing our findings on the day, live on our Twitter feed, on
Tuesday 30th January
as well as producing a comprehensive guide to good practice when working with DHI young people.
The Singing & Signing Space
Brand new for 2018 is our very own 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.

The first resource is a video of our Great Singing, Great Signing lead facilitator, Paul Whitaker OBE, teaching you how to sign along to 'Baby One Two Three',
a great warm up song!

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 (public)
Bronze & Silver
Wednesday 28th February in York (advisor)
Monday 5th February in Leeds (public)

Leeds City Council: Curiosity, Creativity and Conversation: using object based learning to raise attainment
Tuesday 23rd January, 4 - 6pm in Leeds
We can prove that using objects in your teaching and learning raises attainment, especially when working with reluctant learners, vulnerable pupils or those with SEND.

Artswork: Child Protection & Safeguarding
in the arts and cultural sectors

Thursday 8th February in Leeds
This course provides a full update on current child protection legislation, including the Disclosure and Barring service, the Duty to Refer and Working Together.
Artswork: Embedding Safeguarding Practice
Friday 9th February in Leeds
This course focuses on a whole team approach to embedding safe practice across creative, cultural and heritage sectors.
NYMAZ: Early Years Music Network Conference
Tuesday 27th February in Scarborough
The day will include a range of sessions demonstrating high quality music activities for 0-5s locally and nationally, giving delegates a taste of the multitude of ways young children can be introduced to music
Training further away...
Newcastle University: Music Transitions and Futures
Thursday 25th January in Newcastle
A one day conference focusing on progression routes for students transitioning from secondary to tertiary music education.
Sound Connections: Early Years Conference
Wednesday 21st February 2018 in London
Join Sound Connections to delve deeper into the extraordinary role that music can play in positively affecting health and wellbeing of children in early childhood, parents and carers
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
DJ School UK is pleased to offer a limited number of free bursaries worth £85 each. You must be aged 8 - 17 and live in in Burmantofts or Richmond Hill in Leeds to take up this offer. You can use the bursary to for private tuition or to access our weekly DJ Clubs and sessions for 2018. Learn everything you need to know about DJ-ing including mixing, scratching and beat-matching.

Their studio is located at Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter's Building, St Peter's Square, Leeds LS9 8AH. For more information contact or call 07927619884

How do you get into the music industry?
from Creative Choices
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Jobs and Opportunities

An oldie, but a goodie.

Here is a fantastic video by Samsung
where one man's town did something very special for him.
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