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Youth Music Quality Framework - new edition

Youth Music’s Quality Framework – Do, Review, Improve – gathers together the criteria we believe are necessary to deliver a high-quality music-making session.

The updated version is based on feedback gathered from our grantholders since the original framework was published back in 2014. We realised that although the framework was a useful tool, it was also quite long and complicated. The changes to the new version should make it easier for practitioners to use.

We've reduced and simplified the criteria, and at the same time aligned them with current thinking around best practice and effective pedagogical approaches. We've also added a section that outlines the important responsibilities of organisations when managing a music-making project. This will help you to consider the quality of your project as a whole, as well as each individual session.

Find out more and download the Quality Framework here.

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Blog highlights

Music educator Annie Sheen reflects on her first six weeks within a youth work setting at Carefree Cornwall.

Anita Holford explains what she’s learned from the Music Minds mental wellbeing programme in Gloucestershire.

The Sound Connections team report on the Fast Forward 2017: Breaking the Glass Ceiling conference, hosted by Bristol Plays Music.

Angela Preen from the Musical Beginnings Extra project at Oldham Council Music Service shares a selection of practical early years music-making activities.
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Emily Crossland from the National Centre for Early Music talks about the diverse collaborations taking place in Hull, UK City of Culture 2017.

Aspire4U CIC are looking at ways to offer young people more opportunities to rehearse and perform in the West Midlands.

Jake Perrett progressed from B Sharp participant to working full-time in the music industry - Ayvin Rogers introduces his story.

Browse all posts on the Youth Music Network.
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Drake Music have set up a Facebook group for inclusive music education - find out how you can join the discussion here.

BBC Music and BBC Learning have unveiled a continuing programme of activity for Ten Pieces III.

The Big Christmas Wind Orchestra & Choir is an annual event taking place in Spitalfields, London, open to players from beginners to professionals. The organisers are particularly trying to reach busy young people who have perhaps lapsed in their music-making with the hope that a big, exciting, one-off event like this might encourage them back into playing regularly again. Find out more here.
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Embedding music in the Early Years Foundation Stage, London, Friday 17 November.

Music Teacher's Toolbox, Edinburgh, Saturday 18 November.

Free Effective Facilitation Workshop, York, Wednesday 29 November.

See all events on the Youth Music Network.
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Freelance Music Practitioners with Facilitation Skills, Mind the Gap, Bradford, closing Friday 13 November.

Conductor/Music Director Lancashire Schools Symphony Orchestra, closing Monday 13 November.

Young people and music research brief, Youth Music, closing Friday 17 November.

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