Vocal/instrumental learning/teaching

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Dumfries House partnership © Martin Shields

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Dumfries House partnership

Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire KA18 2NJ, Scotland

Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland works with Dumfries House to deliver performing arts education opportunities to young people in Ayrshire.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Dumfries House partnership is committed to building strong artistic foundations for the people and communities of Scotland.

About the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Dumfries House partnership

Currently, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland offers strings and modern ballet programmes at Dumfries House, giving young people the opportunity to access high-quality, specialist tuition in the beautiful surroundings of this 18th century Palladian mansion, set in a 2,000-acre estate.

Dumfries House is one of Scotland’s architectural jewels and was saved from closure by HRH the Prince of Wales (known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay) in 2007 to become a centre of education and regeneration, offering training opportunities to the local community in engineering, art and hospitality.

With Dumfries House wishing to add performing arts to its growing portfolio, a partnership with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was formed in 2016 through HRH the Prince of Wales, who is patron of both institutions.


Header photo: Young string players at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Dumfries House partnership © Martin Shields

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A Premiere Performances Chamber Music in Schools Programme workshop

Premiere Performances’ Chamber Music in Schools Programme

Hong Kong

Data according to surveys collected from participating teachers and students:

  • 40% of students who live far away from cultural facilities had never seen a live performance before
  • 80% of students who play an instrument were inspired to practise more after the concert
  • 100% of teachers would recommend the Chamber Music In Schools programme to other schools
  • 70% of teachers agreed the best part of the concert for their students was the interactive activities and hearing the instruments live
  • 90% of music teachers agreed the in-schools performances were better than programmes provided by other music organisations
  • 90% of teachers who participated in the workshop reported that information, concepts and activities given by the speaker was of a high standard
  • 95% reported that they will use the concepts and activities they learned in their music classes
  • 95% agreed that they have more confidence in using different concepts as a result of the teachers' workshop
  • 98% of teachers reported that they gained new insights into music teaching and felt their music teaching skill would be improved

  • 'The performance was unique and remarkable!' - Student, Shap Pat Heung Rural Committee Kung Yik She Primary School
  • 'The performance is well organised. It is full of passion and energy. I hope we can watch the concert again!' - Music Teacher, Tsuen Wan Trade Association Primary School
  • 'The performers are professional and passionate, students enjoy the activities very much' - Music Teacher, SKH St Thomas' Primary School
  • 'The programme is energetic, creative and lovely. The musicians are well prepared and have passion in music teaching. Great job!' - Music Teacher, King’s College Old Boys' Association Primary School

  • To provide schools with quality workshop and performance exposure from internationally recognised and rising chamber musicians.

Premiere Performances of Hong Kong (PPHK) brings internationally celebrated artists to Hong Kong for solo recitals, chamber music and community outreach.

Since 2012, the organisation has partnered with Musica Viva Australia to bring its world-class education programme to Hong Kong schools via the Chamber Music in Schools Programme.

The programme introduces students to chamber music through high-quality professional performances, exposing them to different kinds of music (classical, jazz, world music etc) and musical instruments (brass, wind etc) and broadening their vision as global citizens as they listen to and explore musical styles and cultures from other parts of the world.

Chamber Music in Schools Programme

As of July 2018, Premiere Performances’ Chamber Music in Schools programme has arranged school tours 14 music ensembles (12 from Musica Viva Australia and two from Premiere Performances) and made nearly 300 school visits, reaching 3,000 teachers and 80,000 students.

A Chamber Music in Schools Programme workshop

A Chamber Music in Schools Programme workshop

Each Chamber Music in Schools ensemble visits at least 15 schools across Hong Kong per tour, providing in-school concerts and chamber music workshops.

Each ensemble offers an educational and interactive one-hour performance for up to 300 students. Along with to the live performance, participating music teachers are given an Education Kit, providing a range of pre- and post-performance activities to maximise the impact of the performance.

In addition, a free workshop specially designed for music teachers is hosted by a music education specialist from Musica Viva Australia once a year for all participating teachers.

Programme development

In 2013, Premiere Performances recognised the need for a Cantonese programme for local schools. An open audition was arranged to recruit local young talents to join this programme and a woodwind ensemble, Viva! Pipers, was formed as a result. The five members received extensive training from professional musicians from Musica Viva Australia to help them deliver high-quality educational performances. To facilitate high demand from local schools, a second ensemble, Fiesta Brass, was formed in 2016.

Local ensembles

Viva! Pipers (woodwind quintet)

Viva! Pipers is an ensemble of talented musicians from Hong Kong who have received overseas training. The group’s performances have been carefully developed to showcase a range of musical styles and genres and to be engaging and fun. Since the ensemble’s first school tour in April 2015 – as of the end of the 2017/18 school year – they have given nearly 70 performances at kindergartens, Primary and Special Needs schools and visited more than 20,000 students. They have also given public concerts at Sha Tin Town Hall, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre and Tuen Mun Town Hall and community concerts at Hysan Place and Exchange Square. Viva! Pipers performs in both Cantonese and English.

Fiesta Brass (quintet)

Fiesta Brass is the second ensemble established by Premiere Performances to perform in its Chamber Music in Schools Programme

Fiesta Brass is the second ensemble established by Premiere Performances to perform in its Chamber Music in Schools Programme

Fiesta Brass is an ensemble of five outstanding young Hong Kong musicians who are passionate about performing. The group was formed in 2017 and is the second ensemble established by Premiere Performances after the successful launch of Viva! Pipers in 2014. The members are receiving professional training from international ensembles and music specialists from Musica Viva Australia. Fiesta Brass gave their first school tour in March 2018. They gave a total of 20 performances and reached 6,000 Primary students and 200 teachers. They also gave a community concert at the Asia Society in January 2018. Fiesta Brass performs in Cantonese only.


Header photo: A Chamber Music in Schools Programme workshop

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MUSIC:ED

Friday Afternoons

Snape Maltings, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SP

  • Arts Council England
  • The Bernarr Rainbow Trust
  • The Boltini Trust
  • The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The Sackler Trust
  • The Doric Charitable Trust

  • To encourage young people to sing;
  • To build a Song Bank and support material to help teachers develop their students' skills as performers, listeners and composers.

East of England

Founded in 2013 and inspired by Benjamin Britten, Friday Afternoons is an international initiative encouraging young people to sing.

The Friday Afternoons initiative began as part of the celebrations for Benjamin Britten’s centenary. What was initially just a Suffolk project became regional, then national, then global, and on Friday, 22 November 2013, there were close to 70,000 young people from around the world singing one or more of Britten’s songs.

Friday Afternoons now commissions new repertoire every year for children’s voices, with a whole host of resources available for free on the website, including teaching and accessibility resources to help as many people as possible engage with the songs.

The project’s ever-growing Song Bank contains new music and support material to help teachers develop their students’ skills – as performers, listeners and composers.

For 2017, Luke Styles worked alongside librettist Alan McKendrick on 12 new songs for the Friday Afternoons Song Bank. Eight of the songs were written by the composer and librettist, with four additional songs being created in collaboration with groups of young people across the country. These groups are: Elgol Primary School and Bun-sgoil Shlèite, Isle of Skye; Thomas Wolsey School, Ipswich; Netley Primary School, London; and students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

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The I Speak Music project

I Speak Music

Surrey Music Hub, Westfield Primary School, Bonsey Lane, Kingfield, Woking GU22 9PR, UK

Youth Music

  • "When I came to this country it was a bit strange to me, it didn't feel very comfortable to be in a new place, new language and meeting new people, going back to square one. Meeting people like Jim [Pinchen, project manager] made such a difference in my life - I think everyone feels the same when they come and take part in this project. They feel welcome and feel like they can play a part" - Rajhad Haddad, violist, I Speak Music Community Orchestra
  • "What I love about it is the diversity of the group and the fact that, whenever we have a rehearsal, everyone comes not quite knowing what's going to happen, not quite confident, slightly insecure, and some of them come from quite a solitary place. By the end of the rehearsal the energy of the music has really solidified everyone together - it's a beautiful energetic experience." - Sara Khoroosi, freelance musician, Surrey Arts worker

  • To bring together professionals and community groups who work with, or have an interest in supporting newly arrived and vulnerable young people through the arts and music.
  • To deliver song writing taster workshops, music workshops, and a celebration concert of participants' experience.
  • To develop the musical skills and build the self-confidence of the young musicians.
  • To allow tutors, supporters and project partners to also grow through this experience by gaining a better understanding of the challenges these young people face and grow in confidence in engaging with them.
  • To inspire participants to join and progress onto other Surrey Arts ensembles and groups.
  • To continue to develop what they have learned and explore music genres after the project ends.

South-East England

2018-12-24

2018-04-02

I Speak Music is a project bringing together professionals and community groups who work with newly arrived and vulnerable young people through music.

Between April and December 2018, a team of talented and enthusiastic professional musicians and supporters will work with these young people (who might be young asylum seekers, young refugees or young people who have been trafficked to UK). They will provide a number of taster sessions, song writing and music workshops during the school holidays, a time when young people can feel the most isolated and vulnerable, and will together share the fruits of their experience at a celebration concert for friends, family and supporters.

The activities will provide a safe and supportive environment for expression, creativity and musical skills, as well as practical tools such as relaxation through breathing and rhythm exercises. Sessions will focus on exploring shared identities to serve as a catalyst to create new music together. They will be able to make new friends, relax and have fun while making music – their music. Instruments are provided – western classical, rock and those sourced from participants’ region of birth.

Tutors, supporters and project partners will also grow through this experience, as they are equal players. They will gain a better understanding of the challenges these young people face and grow in confidence through engaging with them. Planning and awareness training sessions will be provided for all staff working on the project, and each music session will end with dedicated time for the music team to reflect and evaluate the session.

The project believes that by participating in ‘I Speak Music’, the budding young musicians will grow in self-confidence as well as improving their musical skills and increasing their life opportunities.

Specifically and longer term the project hopes that the young people who take part will be inspired to join and progress onto other Surrey Arts ensembles and groups. This will mean that they will continue to develop what they have learnt and explore other music genres after the project ends.

 

 

 

 

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Girls Rock London

London, United Kingdom

  • Arts Council England
  • Bell Music
  • Fender
  • WeDriveYou
  • National Foundation for Youth Music
  • Novation

 

'Girls Rock: the all-female music camp taking a stand against sexism' - The Guardian

'Feature: Girls Rock London' - The Girls Are

'A rock school is opening in London' - Dazed

'Women Rock London announce all-female summer camp' - Crack

Girls Rock London: Challenging the under-representation of women in music head on, by increasing opportunity and boosting self esteem - Sound Connections

 

  • To date, Girls Rock London has run four successful rock camps, where it has seen real impact in terms of continued music-making, and increased self-esteem and confidence levels of participants.
  • Participant surveys measure self-esteem, confidence, resilience and body image before and after the camp. At the 2017 camp, there was a 13% overall rise in scores across the group, and a 46% change in specific areas including improved body image.
  • Participants reported leaving with new friendships and a positive experience of working with people from different backgrounds to their own.

  • 'I came to camp thinking I was going to learn more about an instrument; what I really learned was how much potential I had as a musician and how it increased through collaboration.' (participant)
  • 'It was the most exhilarating and inspiring weekend of my life. I never want this feeling to end. I just want to keep creating and performing music.' (participant)
  • 'I have struggled to find the words to express how grateful and inspired I am by the Girls Rock London team and how much the experience meant to me. If I was an economist I’d lay out the investment and return as unparalleled. I have never been in an environment as supportive, encouraging and uplifting as that at GRL. I think I’ve learnt more about music and creativity than any music or art class in the formal education system. Every member of the team blew me away with their approachability, friendliness, knowledge and skill, encouragement and guidance. (participant)
  • I have seen first-hand the lasting impact that positive encouragement can have on people and how, with enough determination and teamwork, we can create the change we want to see in the world. Thank you, GRL! (volunteer)

  • To improve the confidence and self-esteem of young women and girls. One in four girls aged 14 is depressed, and twice as many 14 and 15 year old girls than boys are unhappy with their appearance. Hospital admissions because of self-harm among girls has risen by 68% in the past decade.
  • To increase the number of women and girls making music. Over the past decade, a reported 95% of Reading and Leeds festival line-ups have been dominated by male acts. 

 

London

Girls Rock London (GRL!) is a music project for girls and women in London, part of a movement of rock camps that take place all over the world.

GRL! is united by a desire to achieve gender equality in the music industry and to ensure that all girls and women get the chance to make music. The aims of the project are to empower girls and women – regardless of previous musical experience – to write and perform music, and to build self-confidence.

The programme is a mixture of musical/technical tuition and workshops, which together help to build participants’ self-esteem and confidence, and provide a platform for girls and women to find and develop their voices. Rock Camp is all about trying new things, working together and making lots of NOISE…

GRL! welcomes applicants who self-identify as girls, women, trans* and/or gender non-conforming.

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BBC Ten Pieces

BBC Ten Pieces

London, United Kingdom

 

  • '... a new initiative for UK primary schools that aims to inspire a generation of children to enjoy classical music and use it as a stimulus to their own creativity.' - The Guardian
  • 'Events like this really help local young people to develop confidence and self-esteem, which allows them to reach their potential and as a council we are lucky to have such close relationships with our schools to support this goal, and this concert really showed how successful this has been. I am so proud of our children and young people who have continued to develop in musical education.' - Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council

Ten Pieces opens up the world of classical music to 7-14 year-olds across the UK and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the music.

Ten Pieces helps young people to get creative with classical music and develop imaginative responses. The project is open to schools, home educators or any kind of arts organisation.

The project comes with a wealth of support resources:

  • Ten Pieces films; these consist of ten performances of classical music – there are twenty pieces available in total.
  • free DVD box set of the performances is available. The performances are between two and ten minutes in duration.
  • The pieces are supported by free downloadable teaching resources including lesson plans, composer information, cross-curricular resources and simplified orchestral arrangements
  • Catch up on what’s been happening in the last two jam-packed years in this clip and in Ten Pieces’ photo gallery.

These resources are designed for 7 to 14 year-olds and have taken into account the KS2, First Level, Second Level and the KS3 and Third Level curriculums in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Lesson plans are labelled with their appropriate age group.

Ten Pieces has additional support from a range of music and arts education stakeholders and is delivered in partnership with Ten Pieces Champions. The Champions are Music Education Hubs, Music Services, orchestras, film, dance and other arts organisations from across the UK working in collaboration with the BBC to introduce classical music to the next generation. They have signed up to Champion the project and work together on delivering music and arts education to every young person throughout the nations and regions.

‘Ten Pieces marks the biggest commitment the BBC has ever made to music education in the country. We hope that the project will inspire a generation of children to learn more about classical music.’ – Roger Wright, Controller, BBC Radio 3 and Director, BBC Proms

‘Music has the power to transform lives, and we are hoping that this project will be a catalyst for all kinds of creativity in primary schools across the country, as well as providing an inspirational way into classical music.’ – Katy Jones, Executive Producer, BBC Learning

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