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Everyone a Music Maker

11 November 2010

For immediate release: 9 November 2010

'Everyone a Music Maker': 2 & 3 February 2011
Music4U and NCEM Early Years Conference in York

Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - working in partnership with The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) presents 'Everyone a Music Maker', a two-day conference at the NCEM, on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 February 2011.

The conference will explore ways in which music enhances children's physical, social, intellectual and creative development and proposes that providing high-quality music-making opportunities at an early age gives all children the chance of a lifetime of fulfilling musical creativity.

'Everyone a Music Maker' opens with a keynote address by the internationally renowned music educator Professor Wilfried Gruhn, who will present his research into the effect of music making on the brain development of young children. Lucinda Geoghegan, the Educational Consultant for the National Youth Choir of Scotland and Susan Hollingworth, winner of the 2010 Gramophone Award for 'Music in the Community' will lead practical interactive sessions. Music Technology Specialist, Andrew Cleaton, presents an insightful session on music technology for Early Years and Sarah Carling of Music for Starters will be on hand throughout the conference to share ideas and provide guidance on a wide range of high-quality resources. The conference also features a chance to observe Early Years children making music, both with Lucinda Geoghegan and in an innovative session with the Wigmore Hall's Chamber Tots Musicians. The conference will be chaired by Cathryn Dew, the NCEM's Education Consultant who will also lead a song-sharing session.

Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM says: "Music-making with Early Years has been a vital and integral part of the NCEM's work from the start. We are looking forward to welcoming anyone who has an interest in the subject, including Early Years professionals, Early Years practitioners, childminders, Early Years Foundation Stage teachers, music leaders, carers and parents. No previous musical experience is required.

"Throughout the conference, we will question whether children who go on to reach a high standard are naturally 'gifted' or did they have the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time when they were young. Do children develop a love, enthusiasm and aptitude for music through positive early experiences? These and many more questions will be explored in what promises to be a highly stimulating and enjoyable two days."

Participants will discover how babies and young children respond to music and look at simple ways in which both musicians and non-music specialists can help children acquire the skills and passion to develop their musical potential to the full.

Delegates can choose to attend the full conference, or individual days. Bookings made before 4 January 2011 can enjoy an early bird discount. People living or working in the Humber Region are entitled to the reduced rate until the booking closes. Full conference rate, including dinner: £100.00 (Early Bird/Humber Region rate £80.00); Wednesday 2 February: £40.00 (Early Bird/Humber Region rate £30.00); Thursday 3 February: £40.00 (Early Bird/Humber Region rate £30.00). Conference Dinner on 2 February: £25.00. (All prices are exclusive of VAT and do not include accommodation.) To book online or download a booking form visit:


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Editors Notes:
The National Centre for Early Music which is based at St Margaret's Church, York, was opened in 2000 thanks to a grant of £1.5million from the Arts Council Lottery Fund. The NCEM administers York Early Music Festival, which was established in 1977, and has grown to be the largest celebration of early music in the UK. The 2011 Festival runs from 8 to 16 July.

Music4U, launched in September 2001, is one of 21 Action Zones set up by Youth Music to provide music-related activities including workshops and performance opportunities for young people under the age of 18 years who would not normally have the chance to make music. The Zone 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.