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Devon Music Education Hub Newsletter
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FEBRUARY 2015
 
South West Peninsula Music Education Conference 2015
The Music Education Hubs of Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay are once again collaborating to present the 2015 South West Peninsula Music Education Conference on Friday 27th February, 8.45am to 4.30pm.
 
Once again St Cuthbert's Conference Centre, Buckfast will host this coming together of school and community based music education practitioners featuring a keynote session from Robin Hammerton HMI, National Lead for Music at Ofsted and workshops including Singing and song writing with Jilly Jarman,  Early Years, Conducting, Assessment, Music Technology, Music Tech for SEN students and more.

For more information and details of how to book, please click here. 
Singing Excellence Event 2015
On Wednesday 11th March, 2015, Babcock LDP Music Service, in partnership with Exeter Cathedral, Wren Music and other Hub partners, will host the Devon Music Education Hub Celebrating Singing Excellence event.
School choirs from across the county will participate in workshops throughout the day and take part in an evening showcase at the Cathedral, all on the theme of 'Folk Songs of the British Isles' featuring accalimed folk musician, Hazel Askew.
Acheiving Arts Award Gold with Wren Music
Wren Music is delighted that two of their young singers have achieved Gold Arts Awards!  Alyse Pellow and Tobias Walters are both members of Wren Music's 'Roots A Capella', a county wide singing ensemble for 13-18 year olds, specialising in folk songs from around the world.  Click here for more information.
Could YOU perform at the 11th UK Taiko Festival?
11th UK Taiko Festival will take place in Exeter, from Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th July 2015.
 
The Festival opens with "A Feast of Taiko", a youth taiko concert at the Exeter Northcott Theatre featuring youth groups from across the UK.  
 
This concert is a celebration (there is absolutely no competitive element) with performers ranging from primary school children who may have been playing for only a couple of months, to teenagers who may have been playing for years. 
 
Groups generally play for 5 - 10 minutes, and experience has shown that it's possible to start teaching a group as late as April or even May, and for them to deliver an exciting performance onstage.  It also means that the group can take part in an event which teachers consistently describe as "inspirational". 
 
The UK Taiko Festival is hosted by Kagemusha Taiko, who are based at Seale Hayne, near Newton Abbot.  Festival director, Jonathan Kirby, is keen for Devon to be represented strongly and working in partnership with Devon Music Education Hub, Kagemusha Taiko are able to provide support for schools who wish to do so. 
 
Please contact:  jonathan@kagemusha.com  or Clair McColl for further information if you'd like to get involved.
Soundwaves Networking Event
This FREE event is for music practitioners, youth workers and
educators or anyone interested in music work with children in
challenging circumstances. It is the final Soundwaves networking
session and is an opportunity to meet and discuss issues with others working locally in this field on Thursday 26th February. Please click here for more information.
BBC Ten Pieces Project
Ten Pieces is an exciting new initiative aimed at primary schools focusing on classical music and creativity. The project aims to open up the world of classical music to children – and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the pieces through music, dance or digital art.
The Ten Pieces project will culminate in two BBC Proms concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in July 2015, showcasing creative responses to the Ten Pieces by children from around the country, as well as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performing the original repertoire.
Primary schools can have a chance to be part of the concerts, by uploading their pupils' creative responses to the Ten Pieces website. See the BBC Ten Pieces Newsletter for more information.
It's not too late to enage with this project - you can request a Ten Pieces DVD for your school for your school here.
Arts Award & Ten Pieces
DMEH has been supporting teachers in Devon to train as Arts Award Advisers for the Discover and Explore levels, using the Ten Pieces as a major focus for the training. We know that there are many schools across Devon who have enaged with the initiative, and the Music Service team have been working with schools, learning communities and other Hub Partners on a range of projects.

In North Devon, schools have watched screenings of the DVD and the Landmark Theatre, staff particpated in CPD sessions and hundreds of chidlren and young people have taken part in large scale instrumental workshops on 'Zadok the Priest' and 'The Hall of the Mountain King' from the Ten Pieces repertoire. Several of the teachers involved have now gained their accreditation to support children and young people with their Arts Award. We hope that there will be many more opportunities for young people to gain this qualification by engaging with other Ten Pieces and DMEH supported projects.
 
If your school or organisatio is interested in engaging with the Arts Award scheme, but you're not sure how, DMEH is hosting an Arts Award & Artsmark briefing session from the Real Ideas Organisation on Thursday 12th March at their base in Willand. Email Clair McColl if you'd like to attend.
 
DMEH Facebook Page                          
 Babcock LDP Music Service is now on Facebook at www.facebook.com/devonmusic.eh
 
It is our recommendation that tutors, teachers and pupils that "Like" the Devon Music Education Hub page in order to get regular updates about musical events in the area, as well as national competitions and funding opportunities.
 
"Liking the page" also allows followers to post links and information of their own, which is then automatically brought the attention of all other followers. We hope this will help DMEH stakeholders and partners feel even more connected and help to promote school or community events
Mix Festival 2015 - Tuesday 30th June 2015
Early notice of the event date for 2015 - please mark Tuesday 30th June 2015 in your school calendar. The plans for the day will develop as the year goes on but you can expect some culminations of the Ten Pieces projects as well as a 'Mix' of performances, workshops and activities
Look out for the next edition in March! If you have anything that you would like to be added to next month's edition, then please contact Jason Parker.
OTHER NEWS
Awards for Young Musicians
Are you, or do you work with, a talented young musician who needs help with costs?
Please see the Awards for Young Musicians newsletter for details on how to apply for support for talented students
 
Arts Award Acces Fund
If you are an Arts Award Adviser you could apply to the Arts Award Access Fund for support delivering awards in your setting. Please follow this link for more information The deadline for applications is 27th February 2015.
 
Professional training towards Teaching Accreditation in the Performing Arts 
The ADPA is designed for people working in education who have a strong background in, and specialist knowledge of the performing arts and want to gain a qualification.
The ADPA preparation course (Unit 1) will give candidates the information they need to prepare for the examination (Unit 2). This level 4 Ofqual listed qualification can greatly increase the confidence of practitioners to deliver arts projects and improve their personal career profile.
 
YMT's Musician Auditions are OPEN 
The YMT are looking for the most talented young musicians, aged 11-21, who play ANY INSTRUMENT to a Grade 7 standard. Over a two/three week residential courses young musicians could have the chance to work with a professional director, composer and choreographer to create a brand new piece of music theatre that will be performed in a professional theatre at the end of the project.  Auditions are already underway so sign up now to reserve a place!
 
NCEM Young Composers Award 2015
 This major national award is presented by the National Centre for Early Music and BBC Radio 3. Composers are invited to create new settings for a short dramatic scene from either Orfeo or Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.
 
The award is open to young composers resident in the UK in two age categories: 18 years and under; and 19 to 25 years. Applicants must register their interest in the award at education@ncem.co.uk by Friday 20 February
 
MFY Young Composer Showcase
 
Music for Youth, in partnership with Sound and Music, is calling out for young composers aged 12-21 to enter the New Music Stage programme that will showcase young talent to audiences at the MFY National Festival in Birmingham (7-11 July).
To take part, young composers, or music organisations representing young composers, should submit a score and a recording (performed by young musicians also aged 21 years old and under) by 27 March.
   
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