The Glasshouse to host music industry conference supporting young people to engage in music technology
- Exploring Inclusive Approaches to Music Technology with Children and Young People will mark the seventh in The Glasshouse International Centre for Music MC² (Mini Conference) series for music educators working with young people experiencing challenging circumstances.
- The event follows the launch of The Glasshouse’s new Making Tracks programme, a practical mentoring initiative for young people interested in music production.
- The conference will take place on 26 January 2023. Tickets are free and can be booked here.
As part of their commitment to widening access to music, The Glasshouse is delighted to present the seventh in their MC² (Mini Conference) series for music leaders and educators working with young people experiencing challenging circumstances, taking place on Thursday 26th January 2023.
Like previous conferences, Exploring Inclusive Approaches to Music Technology with Children and Young People will offer delegates the opportunity to discuss different barriers and solutions for delivering inclusive music education, this time with a focus on the transformative role of music technology.
The National Plan for Music Education writes that ‘music technology is now an integral part of the landscape for those teaching, learning, composing and performing music’, and that finding ways to embed technology in the classroom can result in a more engaging, accessible and inclusive learning environment. However, recent studies have highlighted that music technology is often an area that music leaders feel less confident in. Recognising technology’s important role in music education, this event will facilitate discussion about how it can be used to make music-making accessible to more young people.
The event will open with a keynote from Dr Pete Dale, Lecturer at York University and Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded CUMIN network (Contemporary Urban Music for Inclusion Network). CUMIN is a collective of organisations using contemporary urban music (such as hip-hop, grime, EDM and house) in inclusive ways, recognising that whilst contemporary urban music is one of the most-listened-to genres in the world, it is frequently excluded from mainstream music education.
Delegates will then have the opportunity to explore practical approaches to using music technology with children and young people through workshop sessions led by the Making Tracks programme at The Glasshouse and DJ Schools UK based in Leeds.
The Glasshouse’s Making Tracks programme, which is delivered in partnership with Access Music Production CIC, is aimed at young people aged 16-25 who are interested in music production and recording. Since launching in September, the programme has offered young musicians and songwriters the opportunity to immerse themselves in the recording studio environment and work with producers to create, write, record and produce their own music.
Lisa Murphy, creator of Access Music Production said:
“Making Tracks is an incredibly important programme in addressing the accessibility of music technology for young people. A recording studio can be a daunting and overwhelming place at first, so it’s important to us to show participants how easy it is to get started and be creative using some of these tools. We’ve purposely designed this programme to be taught by industry professionals in a professional recording studio environment in order to be as inclusive and immersive as possible, and the feedback we’ve had from young people so far has been really positive.”
“It’s also important to recognise that barriers for young people entering the music industry extend beyond just technology, which is why we’re excited to talk at MC². Conversations about how to diversify the music industry are crucial, particularly when it comes to gender balance in music technology roles, and events like this are vital in making our local music industry more sustainable, accessible, and diverse.”
Exploring Inclusive Approaches to Music Technology with Children and Young People will take place on Thursday 26 January at 1.30pm at The Glasshouse Tickets are free of charge and can be booked at https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/mc2-mini-conference-exploring-inclusive-approaches-to-music-technology-with-children-and-young-people/. Places are limited, so advanced booking is strongly recommended.
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