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Music Education Hubs Invited to Join Flagship Digital Tuition Project: Connect Resound

16th January 2020

Opportunity to access technology kit, training, bursaries & support to embed online music learning

Youth music charity NYMAZ is inviting expressions of interest from Music Education Hubs wishing to explore how digital technology can improve access to music education and enrichment opportunities for children and young people.

Connect: Resound has partnered with Hubs across the country since 2014, helping co-produce and integrate online video lessons and other online music education activities into their programmes of work. There is now an opportunity for up to six Hubs to join the project, thanks to funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Through the Arts Fund  (More and Better) and Youth Music.

Sarah McWatt, Director of NYMAZ explains: “ We’re looking for two types of partner – those new to virtual tuition and committed to exploring its potential, as well as experienced Hubs who wish to develop their online work further, focusing particularly on young people in challenging circumstances or on specific technological/ pedagogical challenges.

We have put together a fantastic package of support, including an extensive period for planning and training prior to starting delivery in the 2020/21 school year. Hubs new to online learning will receive a comprehensive technology kit worth almost £7000, whilst experienced Hubs will receive cash bursaries of £3000.”

Project manager Emily Penn will be running through the opportunities and taking questions on a Facebook Live on Wednesday 5 February at 11am Link to Facebook event.

Expressions of interest are to be submitted online by 6pm on Friday 28 February, see their website by clicking here for details.

Connect: Resound is an action research project and has showcased the many benefits of integrating online music learning into a Hub’s offer. These include:

–       accessing learners in hard to reach locations or challenging circumstances

–        blending face to face and online provision for a more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly offer

–       assisting the take up of less mainstream instruments by linking teachers and pupils who may be long distances apart

–        forming part of Hubs’ wider digital strategies, helping meet the needs of today’s young musicians more effectively

–        enabling teachers to spend less time travelling and more time teaching

–       connecting music education colleagues across the country through the CPD programme

–       promoting independence, confidence and digital literacy for pupils