Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

NYMAZ to extend digital music education project

11:36, 4th September 2017

NYMAZ has received £273,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Through the Arts Fund to extend its digital music education project Connect: Resound over the next four years.

The initiative promotes digital technologies as a way to ensure music education and enrichment opportunities exist for children living in isolated rural areas, where transport costs and times challenge traditional methods of provision.

The funding will enable a number of Music Education Hubs operating in rural areas to incorporate NYMAZ’S method of online learning into their music tuition programme, providing many more children with access to high-quality online instrumental lessons and live broadcasts of professional performances.

The Connect: Resound live broadcast programme will launch in early 2018, with a programme of performances across a range of genres, developed specifically for school age children, broadcast live online direct to classrooms and school halls.

A range of resources and CPD opportunities for instrumental teachers and classroom teachers and staff with an interest in online music education will also be available.

Music Education Hubs wishing to take part in the next phase of the project will be invited to make expressions of interest in October 2017. NYMAZ will be making an open call, with priority being given to those with the most significant challenges to reaching young people in their localities, particularly through rural isolation.


Heidi Johnson, director of NYMAZ, said: ‘Connect: Resound is addressing the fact that children in rural parts of England are simply not being offered the same music opportunities.

‘It is an enormous step forward for NYMAZ to achieve the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and will make a huge difference to our work. It will enable us to continue to combat this inequality by reaching many more rural schools and by facilitating training, networking and practice sharing for music education professionals interested in remote music learning.

‘We will also be exploring other areas where music provision is limited. These include online music lessons for children with special education needs and disabilities plus how to teach whole classes and multiple schools at once using online technology.’


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