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LEYMN Newsletter Spring 2017

Sound Connections Early Years Music Conference 2017
In this February 2017 issue of the LEYMN newsletter we are delighted to reveal some of the amazing contributions and case studies that will be presented at the upcoming Sound Connections Early Years Music Conference on Monday 6 March 2017.

We're also announcing a special 20% LEYMN discount for the event, read below for more details!

Spotlight story: SoundWaves Extra
The spotlight story in this edition focuses on SoundWaves Extra, an early years music network for the South West that has been set up by LEYMN core member Jane Parker.

Sound Connections' Innovate Programme 2017
Do you have an innovative project idea focused around music in the early years that you want to get off the ground? We're currently accepting applications for our Innovate Programme. You can find more information below.

Share your thoughts about early years music practice using the #LEYMN hashtag, and Tweet us @SConnections

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"With open arms: investigating musically inclusive practice in early years"

“If inclusion is the root from which everything else blooms, early intervention is the seed that must be planted.”

Early intervention is the key to unlocking children and young people’s resilience and potential, and musical engagement sits right at the core. There are plentiful examples of high quality early years music taking place across our communities, but many children and families facing challenges in their lives are being excluded and denied the opportunity to fulfil their own potential.

Sound Connections' Early Years Music Conference, on Monday 6 March 2017, will propose solutions to address this imbalance and will explore approaches that ensure that all children, whatever their circumstance, are welcomed with open arms.

The conference will feature the following contributions:

Wigmore Hall, Music House for Children and Creative Futures, who will present case studies about the transformative impact of working in collaboration with speech and language therapists.

Pulse Arts and Claire Hope will share work with children and families in hospital and hospice settings, and explore music's positive impact on wellbeing.

World Beaters Arts and Culture and members of the Luton Roma Music Project will facilitate an afternoon session of musical interaction, debate and conversation exploring how cross-sector working enables us to celebrate diversity and integration between communities.  

** LEYMN members recieve 20% off conference tickets - enter 'LEYMN17' code at the ticket checkout **

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Spotlight story: SoundWaves Extra, an early years music network for the South West

LEYMN core member Jane Parker has been busy working with Take Art (a pioneering arts charity) to set up SoundWaves Extra, an innovative and exciting network for the early years workforce in the South West, funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music. Set up to generate and improve early years music training opportunities, the network also supports the development of projects and events in a wide array of early years settings.

Through the expansion of this network, it is hoped that the South West early years workforce will get greater access to training and projects, including information about jobs, apprenticeships, shadowing opportunities, networking events and teaching ideas.

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Sound Connections Innovate Programme 2017

Do you have an innovative new idea or approach to working with children in early years (0-5 years) and/or those facing challenging circumstances? Sound Connections Innovate Programme 2017 is designed to develop, support and offer mentoring to emerging practitioners and small organisations who have brilliant ideas that they hope to get off the ground.
Successful applicants receive £3,000 of funding and will also benefit from Sound Connections’ advice, expertise and broad network links.

The deadline for applications is Friday 3 March 2017.

Click here for more information and how to apply >

Upcoming events

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Sound Connections Early Years Music Conference 2017 - With Open Arms: Exploring musically inclusive practice in early years

Monday 6 March 2017
10.00am - 4.00pm

With contributions from Creative Homes, Pulse Arts, Creative Futures, Wigmore Hall, The Music House for Children, Tri-borough Music Hub and World Beaters Arts and Culture, this conference will:

  • Outline social need and explore existing barriers to musical engagement for children, families, workforce and our wider communities.
  • Explore examples of innovative creative arts practice with isolated families, children in hospital settings, with speech and language difficulties and demonstrate the strength of evidencing impact.
  • Discuss multi-agency approaches to delivery, the challenges and the value of cross-sector working to improve the quality of our engagement.

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Start Up

Wednesday 15 March 2017
10.00am - 1.00pm

If you work with young musicians who want to learn more about becoming a music practitioner, or emerging practitioners looking for some signposting, please share this event. 

Start Up aims to provide attendees with information on the music leading profession, from an overview of the type of work available, through how to navigate local and national contacts, and how to link in to what’s going on. Attendees will receive information on training that they can access to develop themselves professionally and be given the opportunity to reflect on their work and skills, and how they might use them as a music leader.

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Other opportunities

Early years film, Wigmore Hall Learning

Wigmore Hall Learning have launched a new film which shows the range of child-led, creative concerts, workshops and projects they offer for children under five, including concerts for babies and their parents/carers, and interactive music-making sessions both at Wigmore Hall and in schools across London. 
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Opportunity to work in early years with Creative Futures

Are you an early years music practitioner? Or interested in becoming one? Creative Futures run a variety of music, movement and storytelling projects with 0-5 year olds in children’s centres, nurseries and infant schools across London, and they are currently expanding their pool of early years music practitioners. They will be holding training sessions (free of charge) in the coming months for people interested in working in this area and there will also be the opportunity to undertake some observation of their experienced practitioners. If you are interested please contact Vanessa Stansall.
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Music workshops for 0-5 year olds, Wigmore Hall Learning

Wigmore Hall Learning host interactive music-making sessions for young children and their parents and carers, featuring songs, percussion playing and the chance to meet some exciting instruments up close, presented by their experienced Chamber Tots music leaders alongside emerging musicians.
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How to create a rich musical environment in the early years, The Voices Foundation

On Thursday 9 February 2017, Katie Neilson (author of the new edition of The Voices Foundation’s early years book) will present at the Music Education Expo at London Olympia. Her session will provide guidance and practical examples of how both specialists and general practitioners in the Early Years Foundation Stage can create a rich musical environment in which children can develop and flourish. 
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The Song Hamper, Sue Nicholls at the Music Education Expo

LEYMN core member Sue Nicholls will be at the Music Education Expo on Friday 10 February 2017, where she will running a session entitled 'The Song Hamper'. During this session attendees will be able to experience and take away ten brand new songs that link to best holistic practices across the areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. A CD with performance and backing tracks, and ideas for practitioner activities, will be available to buy at the event.
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Teaching music through the body and the voice, Stepping Notes

This course is designed to help those who teach young children to develop their students’ musicianship through the voice and the body. Using the Stepping Notes approach, the course will concentrate on the use of the body and the voice to help children to feel and understand rhythm, melody and harmony. It will also explore how musical literacy can be taught using singing and movement, and will look carefully at the use of children's instruments in such a way as to preserve and enhance their co-ordination and sense of rhythm. This course will run on Monday 13 February 2017.
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February half term events, Music House for Children

Music House for Children have some fantastic events coming up in February half term. Outstanding musicians from Little Birdsong Concerts will be performing a repertoire of traditional and contemporary music on Monday 13 February 2017. On Tuesday 14 February 2017, there will be a magical and musical storytelling of Little Birdsong’s The Lion and The Unicorn, and on Wednesday 15 February 2017, join Music House for Children at a fantastic musical workshop with music, instruments, singing and design.
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Ukelele training, Music House for Children

Do you want to increase your instrumental skills in early years music teaching, or learn a few chords to help sing all your favourite nursery songs? Join Music House for Children on Tuesday 14 February 2017 for this brilliant ukulele workshop, where you'll be able to do all of this and more! Also, don't forget to sign up your child for Music House for Children's spring term programme!
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Academy Tots, Royal Academy of Music Museum

Come and discover the exciting world of instruments at the Royal Academy of Music. Inquisitive tots and parents are invited for this interactive session designed for 3-5 year-olds on Wednesday 22 February 2017. Set in the inspiring Piano Gallery at the Academy’s Museum, you will discover instruments and explore making music as a group. Led by Open Academy Fellows and the Museum team, please bring your singing voices and listening ears!
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One-day early years courses for early years practitioners in London and York, The Voices Foundaiton

The Voices Foundation are running inspirational one-day early years courses in both London (Thursday 23 February 2017) and York (Thursday 16 March 2017). This hands-on training focuses on developing musicianship skills for delivering a song-based curriculum, and offers practical guidance on how musical learning can impact all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
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Storytelling concert for under-5's, London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)

On Friday 10 March 2017 LSO are running an interactive concert for mini music-makers! Vanessa King and LSO musicians retell the fairy tale story Little Red Riding Hood through music, offering younger children a chance to experience a live performance in the beautiful Jerwood Hall. Dance and sing your way through the concert as the instruments bring the tale to life.
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