Music For Youth festival round-up
14 August 2014
This year’s Music For Youth National Festival celebrated its tenth year in Birmingham this summer. Nearly 11,000 young people and over 1,000 teachers came together to perform to many more thousands of friends, family and music lovers.
During the week around 300 music ensembles took to the various festival stages, which this year were expanded to include a ‘fringe’ festival on satellite stages around the city. In addition to the wide range of musical styles being performed, the festival also included a number of workshops and master classes which were presented by arts organisations from across the UK.
Two new developments this year were daily ‘Ten past two…performances by the pros’, and an Interactive Zone where people could try out the huge collection of instruments on show.
Music groups interested in taking part in the new MFY season can enter regional events from Monday 13 October, via the Music For Youth website.
Braille Music Awards
13 August 2014
The Gardner’s Trust Braille Music Literacy Award has been held annually since 1992, and is designed to encourage young musicians to use braille music.
The tests are held by the Royal National Institute of the Blind’s music advisory service, and sponsored by the Gardner’s Trust for the Blind. Open to musicians under the age of 19, the competition comprises two parts: performing a piece from memory, and reading the piece out loud, listing all the symbols used.
This year there were four winners of the award: Gelerah Tabatabaei from Mora Primary School, Brent, Luca Gatta and Zoe Dixon from New College, Worcester and Noah Mcneill from QEHS, Hexham.
Nominations now open for MT Awards 2015
4 August 2014
Now in their third year, the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence are accepting nominations for 10 award categories.
Eleven awards will be presented at a gala evening at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London, on the first night of next year’s Music Education Expo (12 March 2015). Nominations for ten of the awards will be accepted until Friday 24 October 2014, and all sections of the public are welcome to put forward those they want to see celebrated!
This year’s awards will be judged by an experienced panel of judges, chaired by Music Teacher editor Tom Lydon. The panel will include Professor David Saint (principal, Birmingham Conservatoire); Lucy Johnstone-McCarthy (head of music, Baden-Powell and St Peter’s C of E Junior School); Paul McManus (chief executive, Music Industries Association), and Judith Webster (chief executive, Music For Youth).
2014 winners include Vivienne Price, In Harmony Opera North, Singing Playgrounds from Ex Cathedra, Baden-Powell and St Peter’s Junior School and Drake Music Scotland.
Two new categories have been added this year: the Musicians’ Union Inspiration Award, sponsored by the Musicians’ Union, and the Best Music Education Product Award. The full list of awards features:
· Best Musical Initiative Award, sponsored by the Royal Marines Band Service
· Best Print Resource Award, sponsored by Rhinegold Publishing Ltd
· Best Digital/Technological Resource Award
· Best SEN Resource Award
· Excellence in Primary/Early Years Music Award
· Best School Music Department Award, sponsored by the MMA (Music Masters
· Musicians’ Union Inspiration Award, sponsored by the Musicians’ Union – NEW
· Best Music Education Product Award – NEW
· Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award, sponsored by Classic FM
· Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Black Cat Music and MusicPracticeRooms.com
And finally, for which nominations are not accepted:
· Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award, sponsored by Higgledy Piggledy Jazz
For more information about each award category, and to make a nomination, visit the Music Education Expo website.
Music teaching roadshows this September
4 August 2014
New half-day training events will be running for music teachers at seven locations across England and Wales this September. Organised by the ABRSM and Music Mark, each venue of the ‘roadshow’ will present the same sessions:
Youth Music grants to promote inclusivity
1 August 2014
The National Foundation for Youth Music has just announced a refurbishment of its grants programme, with the aim of promoting diversity and inclusivity across England.
Youth Music is currently investing £20 million in 400 projects throughout the country. Its refreshed grants programme has been streamlined to help children in challenging circumstances who cannot afford access to music education. Despite the government’s recent pledge of an extra £18 million to music education, the number of school children accessing subsidised music lessons is still running six percentage points below the number of pupils receiving free school meals. This suggests that many of the children who can least afford it are missing out on music education.
As part of its new grants programme, Youth Music will be raising the upper age limit to qualify for investment to 25 years. This is in light of the challenging transition faced by many young people in the transition from studying to employment. A new award has also been made available of £2,000-£30,000, aimed at supporting smaller organisations and projects.
Matt Griffiths, executive director of Youth Music’s, said: ‘The recent announcement of additional funds for music education is fantastic news, but Youth Music projects often focus on those organisations, musicians, and young people hidden from mainstream services and provision. It’s essential that their voices, and indeed, their music are considered as part of the musical fabric of this country. Our updated programme makes funding these projects simpler and should create even greater diversity and inclusivity amongst hubs.’
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