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Music Education:

Poetry in motion

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

As 4th October was National Poetry Day, this month's edition is dedicated to all things prose. And what would this kind of a newsletter be, without a little Larkin' about with some Night Music? Or do you prefer your music a little more strange? Whatever your poetic preferences, it is time for the offerings for October:

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All the best,


Serving up poetic justice
On behalf of the team at Yorkshire Youth and Music

This month's resources

News and useful articles

Our director, Gail Dudson, tells Music Mark why networks and partnerships matter...

...and we bring back our Listen of the Month feature for a special 'number 42' edition

The Cultural Learning Alliance has produced a new briefing paper titled The Arts in Schools: Why the Arts Matter in our Education System

HAVE YOUR SAY - Take It Away asks, how accessible is music making for disabled people, and in particular disabled children? Click here for this important survey


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Yorkshire Youth & Music News

Over the summer, and directly alongside Occupational Therapists and other NHS staff who care for young people, Yorkshire Youth & Music worked in a CAMHS setting for the first time (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). Our musicians visited for one day every week over the six week holidays to lead music activities with young people of both primary and secondary school age.

Read more about the 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 is the eighth instalment of our resource video series for singing and signing with YOUR choir...

Check out this month's poetic offering from Disney's The Lion King, 'Circle of Life' signed by 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
Monday 5th November in Hull (adviser)
Bronze & Silver
Tuesday 13th November in York (adviser)
Thursday 22nd November in Leeds (adviser)

ABCD: The Twelve - Messiah
Saturday 27th October, 10am - 5pm in Huddersfield
A day dedicated to one of the most well-known of choral works, Handel's Messiah. In this workshop, participants will have the chance to work on Messiah in a masterclass setting with a full-size choir
Artswork: Making it Authentic
Creative Consultation with young people

Thursday 8th November, 10am - 4.15pm in Leeds
Ensure your projects for young people are dynamic and relevant by embedding their expertise from start to finish with the help of this one-day course
NYMAZ: SEND Music Network Gathering 2018
Wednesday 14th November, 1 - 5pm in Harrogate
An inspiring afternoon that will feature a range of SEND specific presentations and practical CPD workshops

IVE: Arts Award Secondary Themed Network Meeting
Monday 19th November, 4.30 - 6pm in Leeds
This network meeting is for Arts Award advisers who are delivering, or planning to deliver, to Secondary school aged children
Training further away...
Arts Award: Music changes young lives and minds
THIS Thursday 18th October at 3.30pm ONLINE
Evidence suggests that music changes schools and has a major impact on education and wellbeing. Any doubts? Our guests will convince you otherwise…
Musicians' Union: Teachers CPD Weekend 2018
Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th October in London
An opportunity for music educators and specialists to meet, share skills and practice. Expect fascinating debates, dynamic workshops, and valuable 1-1 surgeries; all while making music and networking with colleagues from across the UK
Designed to help you cultivate meaningful and beneficial modes of evaluating creative projects with young people, this course will guide you as you prepare to develop and review your own evaluation processes
BBC: Ten Pieces for the Totally Terrified
Monday 12th November, 10.30am - 5pm in London

This interactive workshop will give you simple, practical ideas to bring music into all parts of your school day
Music Mark: Annual Conference 2018
Thursday 22nd - Friday 23rd November
in Kenilworth

The debate continues on the current state of Music Education and most importantly, its future. This year’s theme is Youth Voice as Music Mark invites both children and young people, as well as their parents, to inform the national debate

Our director, Gail Dudson, will be speaking at the conference, along with a number of our partner Music Hub Lead Organisations
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
Submissions are still open for OPUS2018. Any unpublished composer based in the UK is eligible to apply and the deadline is Friday 19th October at 5pm.
NYCGB auditions are now open...!

Anyone who is a resident of the UK at the time of application can apply. Girls can audition from School Year 6 and boys can audition from School Year 5.

Accessible Arts and Media:
Gamelan Storytelling Workshop

Wednesday 31st October in York
Suitable for disabled and non-disabled participants from the age of 5 to 25
Artforms: Yorkshire Young Folk Day
Saturday 17th November, 9.30am - 5pm in Leeds
For 11 - 18 yr olds of any ability who are interested in folk music
Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra announce a new deal for young musical talent

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"Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them"
Dennis Gabor

Said Hamlet to Ophelia,
I'll draw a sketch of thee,
What kind of pencil shall I use?
2B or not 2B?
Spike Milligan
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