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A Musical (and Educational)

Midsummer Night's Dream?

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

First of all, a bit of business from us, folks. If you haven't yet seen our email about GDPR, the data protection laws for the UK have changed. As a consequence, we have updated our data and privacy policy.

If you have any queries about your data, what we use it for and how long we keep it, please feel free to get in touch with us at

OK, business over, folks. On to this month's enticing theme! Are you ready for a little night music?

Because the 21st June marks the shortest night of the year, we are celebrating all things night time with this month's newsletter. I could go on all day and all of the night, but I'll spare you, folks. To help you through the night, here's the June summary:

Let's be more than strangers in the night... we want to know more about your news, so please send it to us via facebook, twitter or

Wishing you clear (night) skies,


Howling at the moon on behalf of the children of the night
(a.k.a.Yorkshire Youth and Music)

This month's resources

Classical 100 is a BRAND NEW free website for primary schools in the UK. It gives pupils access to 100 pieces of fantastic classical music, from Bach to Bernstein and Handel to Haydn.

Teachers can use the site to find just the right music for all kinds of lessons and activities

News and useful articles

IVE has created a white paper for teaching: Why do good and outstanding OFSTED schools demonstrate a creative mind set and an understanding of the importance of creativity?

The Cultural Education Challenge is the Arts Council's call for the art, culture and education sectors to work together in offering a consistent and high quality art and cultural education for all children and young people
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Yorkshire Youth & Music News
New resource pack for people working with children with SEND – COMING SOON!

Here at YY&M, we’ve been working with children with SEND for many years (SEND is short for special educational needs and disabilities).

We use all kinds of musical equipment with these children – from guitars to DJ controllers, voices to iPads. We've got lots of experience to share in this area, so we’re commissioning a BRAND NEW resource pack for teachers, with good practice guidance for working with music with children with SEND.

To find out more, please click 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's resource is another signed song called 'Down in the Jungle', appropriate for YOUR primary school choir. If you haven't tried singing and signing yet and you don't know where to start, please get in touch with us and we can point you in the right direction. A good place to begin is our YouTube channel where we host a new signed song each month.

Otherwise, here's this month's song, signed by Paul Whittaker OBE.

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 4th July in Leeds (advisor)
Bronze & Silver
Thursday 12th July in York (advisor)
Tuesday 26th June in Leeds (advisor)

University of York: York Music Education Conference
Tuesday 26th - Wednesday 27th June in York
The theme for 2018 is 'Connections and Communication in Instrumental and Vocal Teaching'
Artswork: Facilitation Skills
Thursday 28th June, 10am - 4.15pm in Leeds
This practical course will help you develop and deliver engaging and interactive creative sessions for children and young people
IVE: Arts Award Primary Themed network meeting
Wednesday 18th July, 4.30 - 6pm in Hull
For Arts Award advisers who are delivering, or planning to deliver, to Primary school aged children
Training further away...
Project Oracle: Evaluation Planning Workshop
Wednesday 20th June, 9am - 1pm in London
In this session you will learn all you need to know about designing an evaluation plan
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM): Play
Thursday 21 June, 9.30am – 3.45pm in London
A practical workshop exploring the psychology of optimal music performance
Sound Connections: Beyond Diversity
Friday 29th June, 9.30am - 4pm in London
A one day programme aimed to help organisations and practitioners move beyond limiting models of diversity in relation to race and class
Artswork: Workplace Wellbeing for Young People
Thursday 12th July, 10am - 4.15pm in Southampton
Through practical activities and discussion, you will identify ways to improve the experience of young people in your workplace
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 Chilingirian String Ensemble Summer School runs from 18th - 22nd July in West Sussex
Bursaries are available for students aged 16 - 24 years
Last call out from us about Making Music Day on Thursday 21st June this year. All the details for getting involved are at

Opera North Orchestra Camp (28th - 31st August) is a holiday project open to anyone aged 10 – 18 years who plays an instrument. Bursaries are available and the deadline for applications is Friday 20th July

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Jobs and Opportunities
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A little riddle for you, folks...

I sleep by day and fly at night, but I have no feathers to aid my flight.
What am I?

(If you're really stuck, watch this)
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