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Voice power – the choirs tackling health and social need

As ministers in the UK push for a Government cross-departmental strategy to support the health and social benefits of the arts, Karen Stretch meets three organisations already… Read more

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Creating a songbook for Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, John K Miles, introduces his ongoing project with City of London Sinfonia for children and young people with mental health issues In March 2015,… Read more

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Changing lives one song at a time: The Choir with No Name

Rachel Clare introduces the UK-based choral charity working with people affected by homelessness Ever wondered why you feel so good after belting out Bohemian Rhapsody or why hitting the… Read more

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Blog: Music Excellence London Teacher Advocate and Director of Music at City of London School for Girls, Steven Berryman

Guest blogger, Steven Berryman, has worked on a wide range of collaborative projects involving schools, venues, charities and other education providers. Here, he outlines his formula for… Read more

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Can arts and culture change young lives in Sierra Leone?

The mission of Global Arts Learning Action is to encourage and enable lower income countries to place arts learning at the heart of their education systems, and… Read more

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Is the tide turning for music education funding in Wales?

Struggling against the tide of austerity cuts, music education in Wales is fighting to keep its head above water, but a new raft of measures is offering… Read more

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A lifelong obsession: Jazz pianist and educator, Huw Warren, on being ‘a little different’

When I was asked to contribute this article, I set out to present an overview of myself and my career over the last thirty years – however,… Read more

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Music Generation: why music education in Ireland has The Edge

As music services and hubs across the UK struggle to provide tuition on ever-squeezed budgets, a flourishing Irish initiative backed by U2 is kicking down the financial… Read more

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Are hierarchical attitudes to genre holding young people back?

Anita Holford and Dyfan Wyn Owen find out if young people are being short-changed by genre bias in music education We live in a century that’s rich… Read more

The Cambridge, Massachusetts, music school with a social mission

How can we do more? A simple question led to a US music conservatory’s change in mission and a legion of students ready to lead the charge.

Brexit and music: Theme and Variations

Recently, the composer Howard Goodall had an encounter with a man at a currency exchange desk at Heathrow airport in London and tweeted the conversation thus: Nice… Read more

Music technology in the classroom: getting started

While technology in the classroom isn’t a magic bullet, the benefits can be enormous argues Music Technology Editor, George Hess.

From team-building to wellbeing: the power of music in the workplace

Long before the phenomenon of the office choir was hijacked by prime-time entertainment TV, it was a team-building tool that bonded, networked and even changed lives. Karen Stretch speaks to three musicians who are still passionate about the power of musical harmony in the workplace.

Songs to save lives

We are all aware of the power of song. The latest teaching resource from Portsmouth Music Hub offers an angle which is – literally – a life-saver…. Read more

Song and protest: Festival of Voice returns to Wales’ Music City

With an ever growing push on women’s rights, workplace equality and the relentless tide of revelations from the #metoo movement, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Festival of Voice 2018 is a knee-jerk reaction. In fact, they got there first, as Karen Stretch discovers.

The Music Industry: alive and well at NAMM

Our Music Technology Editor, George Hess, suffered from Gear Acquisition Syndrome at the Winter NAMM show in Los Angeles, which took place in January 2018.

Grand Union Orchestra – nurturing the Second Generation

Co-founder and Director of the Grand Union Orchestra, Tony Haynes, argues that – in the fast-changing demographic of Britain today – migrant and migrant-descended musicians can and should… Read more

Mainstreaming music technology

George Hess, our Music Technology Editor, introduces our new content hub The other day, a teacher asked a social media group for help with planning a music… Read more

Creating a building identity for a conservatoire of the future: Thomas Matthews on the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Thomas Matthews recently worked with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to develop a signage and wayfinding experience for its £57 million new home. Here, the communication design agency explains what goes into creating a bespoke building identity.

Girls Rock London: Challenging the under-representation of women in music head on

In 2017, a unique music project for girls and women, Girls Rock London (GRL), received investment, mentoring and support from Sound Connections’ Innovate programme. The funding enabled GRL to centre the voices of young women in the design and facilitation of its work and to act as mentors during its Summer camps, Camp Co-ordinator, Geraldine Smith, explains.