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News and information from Babcock LDP Music Service, the lead organisation for the Devon Music Education Hub
Newsletter - December 2015
- DYJO and Withycombe Raleigh at the Royal Albert Hall
- BBC Ten Pieces event and Autumn Celebration with Devon Ensembles
- Devon recognised at the MEC Jazz Awards
- Funding Availble to support Music Education CPD
- Chorister Outreach Celebration at Exeter Cathedral
- FREE Music Technology CPD Offer for Primary and Secondary Staff
- South West Peninsula Music Education Conference 2016
- DMEH & the Rugby World Cup Exeter Fanzone
- DMEH Workforce Development Day - 5th January 2016
- Inclusive Singing Celebration at Exeter Cathedral - 11th March 2016
- Award wining 'Singing Playgrounds' project coming to Devon. SIGN UP NOW!
- News from the Plough Junior Jazz project
- Devon Teachers Rock Choir 2016
- Dates for the Diary
Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra and Withycombe Raleigh Primary's 'Stomp' Celebrate Success at the Royal Albert Hall
Two Devon ensembles were invited to perform at the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November. The Devon Youth Jazz Orchestras and Withycombe Raleigh Primary's Stomp ensemble were invited to perform as part of the National Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall after having successfully made it through the regional heats and the MFY Festival in Birmingham.
DYJO, pictured above, have had a wonderful year and were recognised by the Music Education Council Awards with a diploma in acknowledgement of Devon's commitment to jazz education - see below.  You can read more about DYJO's adventure to the Royal Hall here.
The Stomp ensemble, made up of former Year 6 students at Withycombe Raleigh Primary school in Exmouth, have had an incredible year, first performing at the Royal Albert Hall in July as part of the BBC Ten Pieces Proms and now repesenting Devon again at the Music for Youth event after being selected to perform.  You can see more of them in action here.  
BBC Ten Pieces and an Autumn Celebration at the Exeter University Great Hall
Devon Music Education Hub enjoyed two days of BBC Ten Pieces film screenings at the Exeter University Great Hall, where hundreds of pupils enjoyed the films as well as singing activities and some performances from Devon schools, inlcuding Ilfracombe Junior School, pictured below.
The days' activities were followed by evening concerts from county's advanced youth music ensembles, including the Exeter Youth Orchestra, Devon Youth Wind Orchestra, Devon Youth Symphony and Concert Orchestras and the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestras.
Devon Recognised at the MEC Jazz Awards
Devon Music Education Hub Lead Ken Parr accompanied Graham Hutton, Conductor with the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestras were at the Royal College of Music for the Music Education Council Jazz Awards, where they received a diploma in acknowledgement of Devon's commitment to jazz education. A wonderful achievment and recogniiton for the wonderful work carried out across the county by the DYJO Association and other DMEH partners.
Funding Availble for Schools to Enable Access to CPD Opportunities
Devon Music Education Hub has allocated funding to support schools with their music education CPD with the opportunity to apply for support to attend courses and events as well as a contribution towards their cover costs when colleagues access Music CPD opportunities.
It is hoped that this initiative will enable more colleagues to make the most of CPD and training opportunities. This support is available to support a variety of CPD opportunities such as organised courses, as well as networking events,  opportunities to share good practice and more!
Please make contact with the Babcock LDP Music Lead for your area to confirm the support is in line with the Music Education plans for your community.
Chorister Outreach - with Braunton Learning Community
Devon's pupils also had the chance to perform at more prestigious venues as the Devon Chorister Outreach Project reached the Braunton Learning Community and they came together for a celebratory concert at Exeter Cathedral. This long standing partnership project has visited 90% of Devon schools and is a key priority of the DMEH Singing Strategy.
A teacher from one particpating school said. "It was wonderful. The teachers and helpers all supported each other and there was a feeling of mutual appreciation and community. Feedback from families was all fantastic and they were really grateful of the opportunity."
The project will be followed up with the development of an inclusive Braunton transition choir for the area, and more advanced young singers will have the chance to join the North Devon arm of the Devon County Junior Choir, another initiative supported by the DMEH Singing Strategy to bring advanced singing opportunities and specialist coaching to this more rural part of Devon.
FREE Music Technology  CPD Offer for Primary and Secondary Teachers
DMEH is offering both Primary and Secondary teachers the opportunity to learn about new ways in which music technology can be used to enhance music education in the classroom. The Primary session will be aimed at first access to various music-making apps and software, while the Secondary session will focus on using technology to aid composition.
The sessions are free to school staff and will take place in the North, South and East of the County.
They will be led by nationally renowned expert Phil Heeley.
South West Peninsula Music Education Conference
The Music Education Hubs of Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay are once again collaborating to present the 2016 South West Peninsula Music Education Conference. Taking place at St Cuthbert's Conference Centre, Buckfast on Friday 5th February 2016, 8.45am to 3.45pm, the event will see practical and inspiring workshops for all key stages.
 Please see the event flyer and share with any of your collegues who would be interested in attending.
You can sign up via CPD Online - Book Now to avoid disapointment! 
Exeter Rugby World Cup Fanzone & DMEH
Devon's young musicians in partnership with DMEH featured in an event spanning 6 weeks and incorporating 13 days of music and dance scheduled around the live screening of the Rugby World Cup 2015 matches.
RWC 2015 Exeter Fanzone Co-ordinator Laura Wright gives a rundown of the DMEH supported projects who wowed the audiences at the events throughout September and October - including the Devon Teachers Rock Choir
DMEH Workforce Development Day - including Certificate for Music Educators Taster Session
DMEH is hosting this opportunity for instrumental tutors and music educators to meet together, network, look at new ways of working to overcome rural challenges in Devon, including a taster session of the Certificate for Music Educators. Led by Music Education Solutions, the qualification can be undertaken as a distance learning course and we hope some colleagues will take the opportunity to sign up for the qualification.
DMEH would like to support Devon practitioners to undertake the CME qualification and will be happy to accept applications for financial support with the fees.
More details and a link to the overview of the day are available via the DMEH website.

The session will take place on Tuesday 5th January at the Babcock LDP Willand offices. If you'd like to come along please email Clair McColl
Expressions of Interest from School Choirs for DMEH Inclusive Singing Event
Devon Music Education Hub is looking for expressions of interest from school choirs from across Devon to take part in our 2016 Singing Celebration at Exeter Cathedral. This inclusive event is supported by the DMEH Singing Strategy and will include young singers from primary and secondary schools, as well as choirs from the special educational needs and independent sectors.
We will be working with top-level choir leader and composer Alexander L'Estrange for a day of workshops and activities ending with an evening concert at Exeter Cathedral.  For more information on Alexander, please visit
This is a wonderful opportunity for school choirs to develop their singing experience as part of a supportive and inclusive event.
Please contact if you would like to bring your school choir to participate
Award Winning Singing Playgrounds project coming to Devon - SIGN UP NOW!
 Ex Cathedra believes in the power of singing to change lives. Singing Playgrounds puts singing at the heart of a primary school community through training a group of pupils as Song Leaders. Singing Playgrounds is fun and will develop your pupil's personal & social skills, teamwork & leadership skills as well as their singing and musical skills. There is the opportunity for 18 Devon schools to participate - follow this link for more information and a link to the flyer. Events will take place in North, South and East Devon and will include a staff trainging day and a training event for young Singing Leaders . SIGN UP NOW!
Plough Junior Jazz - Torrington
Plough Junior Jazz, which meets every Saturday at The Plough Arts Centre Torrington has had a busy term.  We held an open morning workshop in September  had a good attendance and gained some new members. We had a great morning introducing those who came to improvising and playing along with us on some cool and inspiring jazz.
We also visited Great Torrington Secondary School to perform an afternoon concert to years 7 and 8. SNot only did we play but also talked at length about instruments, and how playing in a jazz group works and the aspects of performance in a jazz context. We are finishing the term with our regular performance in The Plough Cafe on the 19th which helps also to raise funds for the Plough which makes us feel we are giving something back to them for all their support.
Devon Teachers Rock Choir 2016
DTRC have had a busy time with two festive concerts - at Hallsannery House near Bideford in aid of Cancer Research UK and their annual Christmas gathering at St Stephen's Church in Exeter. 
Teachers and school support staff can sign up with the Devon Teachers Rock Choir for the Spring & Summer terms via CPD online and make the most of this unique CPD offer, as well as some wonderful performance opportunities.
Dates for the Diary 2016!
DMEH Workforce Development Day - 5th January
Singing Playgrounds CPD Days - 25 - 27th January
SW Peninsula Music Education Conference - 5th Feb
Singing Playgrounds - Song Leader Days - 29th Feb - 2nd March
Music Technology CPD - South 22nd Feb,  North 23rd Feb & Exeter/East 26th Feb
Inclusive Singing Celebration - 11th March
Devon County Show - 19th - 21st May
The Mix 2016 - 28th & 29th June
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