Here at UCan Play we are delighted to be working again with our long standing partner NYMAZ for the next four years on their pioneering digital music education project – Connect Resound. Today, NYMAZ are delighted to announce that new places are now available for rural Music Education Hubs to join Connect: Resound. Hubs wishing to offer the tried-and-tested method of online music tuition in their localities are invited to express their interest by 1 December 2017.

Funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Through the Arts Fund will enable Connect: Resound to extend into four new regions in 2018. In addition, the project will commence trialling its method of virtual real-time instrumental tuition in two alternative learning contexts.

Heidi Johnson, director of NYMAZ, explains:

We are looking forward to working with four new partners to revolutionise the way they provide a proportion of their music lessons. Connect: Resound creates an opportunity to free up the time music teachers spend travelling to remote schools. As a result Hubs can offer more lessons or can target schools which currently miss out on instrumental tuition altogether due to their rural location.  These Hubs will receive two ‘teaching kits’ which comprise a set of audio-visual equipment configured for online teaching and broadcasting (including A/V mixer/ streamer, camcorders, microphones) 


In addition, we are thrilled that this phase of the project will explore the potential of Connect: Resound in other learning environments. We are seeking expressions of interest from Hubs which have already committed to online teaching to trial the technique in different ways in order to further increase access to music lessons. For example, they may wish to explore whole class tuition, working with a number of schools at once, or how the technology can help them to connect teachers with children in Pupil Referral Units, Hospital Schools, home education or looked after children. We have two places available on this strand of the 2018 programme.

Music Education Hubs are invited to tune in to a Facebook Live Q&A session at www.facebook.com/NYMAZ on 13 November 2017 at 1.30pm to find out further details. Please note, for those unable to make this time, the video will be published onto the Facebook page and can be watched later.

Full details can be found at the Connect Resound website.
Follow this link for the Expression of Interest form to become a new Connect: Resound partner.
For Hubs interested in exploring Connect:Resound in new learning contexts, please complete this form.

Participating Hubs on both strands of activity will benefit from:

  • Guidance & support on establishing a pilot online teaching project in their area;
  • Training on using the equipment and teaching online
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  • Technical helpline;
  • Access to bespoke CPD opportunities, webinars and training events
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  • Free access to NYMAZ Remote Music Learning Network with online resources for all staff members.

For more information 
contact NYMAZ: info@nymaz.org.uk,  01904 543 382, www.connectresound.org.uk