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Reeltime Music plans outreach events in schools across Lanarkshire

26 March 2015

Lanarkshire music education charity Reeltime Music is planning a new series of outreach events in schools across the county.

The initiative, which will kick off in July at Coltness High School in Wishaw, has been made possible thanks to £10,000 of sponsorship from Creative Scotland and a £2,000 donation from Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).

Following a successful pilot last year, the charity is now looking to extend the initiative to schools across Lanarkshire.

Reeltime Music, which is based in Motherwell, aims to provide opportunities within the creative industries for disadvantaged young people.

The charity’s tutors, many of whom have benefitted from past Reeltime Music projects, help 11 to 18-year-olds to express themselves by playing and creating music. Most of this activity takes place in a purpose-built recording studio in Newarthill.

But with the new funding in place, Reeltime Music is now planning to rolls out informal music making sessions to young people in local schools.

The project will involve after-school workshops where students can experiment with different instruments, equipment and musical styles. The results of the workshops will be performed at band nights throughout the year.

Ryan Currie, project manager for Reeltime Music, said: 'We want to make music more accessible to students and rolling out informal sessions to schools is the best way to allow them to get hands on and be creative.

'We’ve found music is a great way to break down barriers, learn new skills, increase aspirations and develop a more active lifestyle.'

Musical Futures to become independent from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

25 March 2015

© Emile Holba

Musical Futures, the movement to reshape music education in a way that is driven by teachers, will become independent this month, moving away from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  

The organisation will continue to support the secondary sector with its training sessions, resources and online community, but will now also work with the primary sector as well as communities and the workforce.  

Launched in 2003, Musical Futures began life as a Paul Hamlyn Foundation initiative, trialling new and imaginative ways of engaging young people in meaningful music activities. It is now active in 1,500 secondary schools.

The organisation is also launching a new festival, Music Learning Revolution, which will take place for the first time in October. The event will aim to show primary, secondary and head teachers how best to use music in the classroom.

The move to independence comes after Musical Futures secured transition funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The new board of directors will be chaired by Anita Kerwin-Nye and led by chief executive Abigail D’Amore.

D’Amore, who has been with Musical Futures since its inception, said: ‘The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s original vision was to reshape music education and create engaging, sustainable and meaningful ways of engaging all young people in music activities.

‘Twelve years later, while retaining the strong values, principles, intentions and pedagogies of Musical Futures, we are able to extend our work into new sectors and contexts and build and strengthen our national and international networks of teachers and practitioners.’

Rhinegold TV launches with international artists: set to include full Expo sessions from mid-April

23 March 2015

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Rhinegold TV

Rhinegold Publishing has launched Rhinegold TV, which will host content from events including the Music Education Expo and Rhinegold LIVE concert series - as well as content from partner producers - at www.rhinegold.co.uk/tv/.

Whole sessions from the recent Music Education Expo are expected to be available by mid-April.

At its launch on 23 March, the site hosts 21 videos including performances and interviews with artists such as Yuja Wang, Julian Lloyd Webber and Mary Bevan.New videos will be added each month, and the site is also hosting eight videos from partner Living the Classical Life, hosted by pianist Zsolt Bognár.

Of the partnership with Living the Classical Life, Rhinegold managing director Ciaran Morton said: ‘From our first meeting with Zsolt, it was clear that his teams’ vision aligns perfectly with our mission to provide our users with high-quality, engaging and entertaining content which showcases the world of classical music. The calibre of artists and industry figures featured in the series is a perfect match for our titles ... We look forward to a collaborative and fruitful partnership.’

Those interested in becoming a partner should email louise.greener@rhinegold.co.uk.


Tower Hamlets schools set for Spitalfields Music's Takeover Spring Festival

23 March 2015

© Alys Tomlinson

Three schools in Tower Hamlets will be bursting with music, art installations, activities and performances this week thanks to a project run by local charity Spitalfields Music.

The Takeover Spring Festival has given Year 3 pupils the chance to work alongside a team of professional artists to programme, produce and perform in their own day-long arts festivals.

The project is part of Spitalfields Music’s Neighbourhood Schools programme and involves three Tower Hamlets primary schools: Stewart Headlam, Osmani and The Cherry Trees. The three projects have been running simultaneously throughout the spring term and will culminate in a three-day mini festival on 24-27 March.

The Takeover Spring Festival is the latest in a series of Takeover projects run by Spitalfields Music in Tower Hamlets primary schools since 2013. The initiatives are specifically devised for children starting Key Stage 2 and aim to explore new ways of working with schools.

Clare Lovett, programme director for learning and participation at Spitalfields Music, said: ‘Spitalfields Music’s long-term ambitions is to encourage others to take up this challenge and see how they could deliver this way of working in their own towns, villages and cities.

‘We believe that the extraordinary work occurring in Tower Hamlets deserves a national platform.’

New courses at University of Huddersfield and Colchester Institute

19 March 2015

The University of Huddersfield's Creative Arts Building

Two UK educational institutions have introduced new music courses designed to appeal to students who wish to specialise in different aspects of music study.

The University of Huddersfield is launching two specialist courses in September 2015: a BMus (Hons) in Music Performance and a BMus (Hons) in Popular Music. The courses will run alongside the university’s existing BMus course, which typically takes 70 students per year.

The performance course will aim to recruit exceptional performers on any instrument or voice, whether from a classical or pop background, while the popular music course is aimed at musicians who want to focus on the creative, cultural and practical aspects of pop.

Meanwhile, the Colchester Institute’s BA (Hons) in Music Education has been designed for students looking to develop a musical career with a clear focus on teaching.

The course was first run in 2014 but the institute is now looking to expand it and is welcoming applications.

The programme examines education in both the private and public sectors, with modules in one-to-one teaching, workshop skills and leadership as well as classroom teaching, educational theory and practice.

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