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Music4U celebrates Music Making in the Humber Region

07 April 2008

A celebratory booklet and DVD highlighting some of the music projects than were organised over the last few years by Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - have just been published.

A celebratory booklet and DVD highlighting some of the music projects than were organised over the last few years by Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - have just been published.

'Making Music in the Humber Region 2005-2007' is the third in a series of booklets detailing some of the innovative music projects that have been created as part of the Zone's work.

Music4U was set up in 2001 to offer innovative music-making projects and workshops for young people up to the age of 18 and has worked with over 22,000 young people. It is one of 22 Music Action Zones in the country and has been instigated and funded by Youth Music. The Zone is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music who work in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils and supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

The new brochure highlights some of the Zone's most successful projects, including a visit in October 2006 of the then Secretary of State for Education Alan Johnson MP who saw a showcase of some of the excellent work Music4U does in the Humber Region.

The document also features an article on Music4U's flagship early years musical resource 'Melody Monkey's Marvellous Music Box'. The box, which contains puppets, musical instruments, songbook and CD is designed for use by early years' workers in a variety of settings from nurseries to libraries. Over the last two years Music4U has sold over 350 boxes and has updated the kit with a new songbook.

Continuing the early years theme, there is information about a music technology project the Zone has run called 'All Aboard'. This project uses a computer programme called MIDI creator to translate movements into musical sounds. Movement sensors are embedded in brightly coloured soft play toys that play a variety of sounds on themes such as the Wild West, train rides and under-sea adventures to encourage children aged 3 - 5 to make up stories and musical compositions.

Music and fitness are the themes of two major projects. 'Hopscotch' focuses on teaching young children playground songs and games. It encourages children to skip and jump and learn songs that have been sung in the playgrounds for generations and also to make up new ones to pass on to new generations. Scrumptious Sounds explores music and the healthy eating agenda. Young people learn about the major food groups, plan their own healthy meals and then use the menu contents for inspirational song-writing sessions. Both these projects involve younger children working with older children.

Music4U works with young people in transition from primary to secondary schools and encourages them to continue or start to play music. It ran a particularly successful jazz improvisation and gamelan music fusion project led by Laurence Rugg from Hull's Music Services who gave young people from Bridgeview Special Schools the opportunity to play the traditional Indonesian Gamelan and internationally renowned saxophonist Snake Davis who worked with the Hull Jazz Band.

Young people at risk are also targeted by Music4U and the booklet highlights work in Hull and North East Lincolnshire, particularly the DJ-ing projects with young offenders and the work in Youth Centres.

Most of the music delivery in the Zone is carried out by a group of community musicians who have taken part in a bespoke training course run by Music4U. The course, which is known as the Community Music Practitioners Course, ran in 2004 and 2005 and is accredited through the University of Hull's Centre for Lifelong Learning. It has allowed Music4U to train this group of musicians to the highest standards to deliver its music projects throughout the region. There is more information about these musicians and the course in the booklet.

Delma Tomlin, Director of Music4U said: "By running the Zone in the region we have been
able to give music opportunities to so many young people who would otherwise not have the chance to make music. The young people have achieved amazing results and many of them have had the chance to perform, all of them have had fun and enjoyed being part of the music-making process. We are delighted that we have been able to catch a snapshot of Music4U's achievements in this new publication and accompanying DVD."

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Press Contact:

Melanie Paris on 01904 632220

E Mail: press@humber-music4u.com
Web Address:www.humber-music4u.com


Editors Notes:

This project was organised by Music4U - The Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone. Music4U is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils. The Action Zones have been instigated and funded by Youth Music and are supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire. More info is available at http://www.humber-music4u.com/

Youth Music is a UK-wide charity that funds and facilitates music making for young people up to the age of 18, particularly those living in areas of social and economic need. By 2010, Youth Music aims to have reached 3 million children and young people in a UK-wide strategy to support youth music making. More info is available at http://www.youthmusic.org.uk/