I'm Inclusive Too

On Saturday 27 February 2016 - 10am-3.30pm, at the Ron Cooke Hub, University of York NYMAZ's 'I’m Inclusive Too' will focus on Music and Social Justice.

We’re exploring projects and initiatives where music is being used as a tool to help affect real changes in society – whether that be through empowering marginalised or vulnerable groups by giving them a voice, or using music to raise awareness of injustice or inequality.

Morning: Training programme
Hear from inspirational organisations and individuals making a difference to society through music, and take home learning and practical techniques for use in your own settings!

Keynote Presentation: Community Music as a Site for Social Justice
Lee Higgins International Centre for Community Music, York St John University
The keynote will focus on community music as an active intervention between music leader and participants. Those who work in, and advocate for, community music have attempted to transform attitudes, behaviours, and values toward music making. Lee will reveal why these music projects can be understood as sites for social justice.

Training Session: Learnings from the Challenging Circumstances Music Network (CCMN)
Jennifer Raven & Graham Dowdall Sound Connections
An introduction to the CCMN and a practical workshop sharing their approaches to: accommodating a wide range of needs; musical progression; and young people taking ownership, all in the context of SEN/D music-making.
Case Study: Music in Detention
John Speyer Music in Detention
Music in Detention works with immigration detainees and excluded groups in the communities surrounding detention centres. The session will look at how they work together in planning and practice, using original songs and evaluation findings.

Case Study & Resources: Arts & Social Change
Dr Kathleen Noss Van Buren University of Sheffield
Dr Van Buren will describe her research in Nairobi, Kenya, and introduce a new practical resource in progress: Make Arts for a Better Life: A Guide to Working in Communities.
Training Session: Beatvox
Ashley Murphy More Music
Delegates will discover how to make beatbox sounds and grooves, whilst finding out about More Music, one of the UK’s foremost community music organisations.
Afternoon: Practical music workshops
Young people from Accessible Arts & Media’s IMPs (Inclusive Music Projects) apprentice training programme will be leading two workshops. The IMPs apprentices are an incredible group of young people, disabled and non-disabled, who are training to become workshop leaders. They deliver workshops in schools, youth groups and other community settings, shining a spotlight on inclusive music making and challenging perceptions about what young people with disabilities are capable of achieving.

Singing and Signing with IMPs
Learn how to sing and sign as the IMPs apprentices teach you some of their favourite songs!
Accessible Music Making with IMPs
Create your own musical masterpiece in this apprentice-led introduction to accessible, inclusive music making.
Protest Songwriting
Join folk musician Chris to write a group Protest Song in 45 minutes
And at the end of the day, join us for the final Showcase performance!

Music’s a powerful way of helping young people to find their voice and giving them the confidence to use it. Young musicians from inclusive projects across the North bring the day to a close with passionate performances of protest songs.

Do you work with a young people’s music group? Get involved in the lead up to I’m Inclusive Too and release their inner activist by writing a Protest Song together. All songs will be shared online and with conference delegates.
NYMAZ works with strategic partners to deliver high quality music-making activities for children and young people across rural North Yorkshire.
Working across a wide range of music genres and styles our projects enable young people to access learning and performance opportunities with highly skilled artists and develop new musical, personal and social skills.