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Can The Internet Change the Face of Musical Education?

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According to a recent report from the youth music charity NYMAZ , poor broadband in the the U.K's more rural areas is having an adverse effect upon the educational opportunities presented to the nation's children.

The organization firmly believes that an increase in broadband would enhance children's capacity for learning and accessing educational material. Not only would children be able to engage with music on an extra-curricular level, but schools and tuition facilities would be more capable of providing premium education by being able to access a wide range of online sources and materials.

"Children in rural areas are missing out because it can be too expensive and time-consuming to provide them with a well rounded music education offer," stated director of NYMAZ, Heidi Johnson.

" We have worked with schools across England to identify a high-quality, cost-effective way of offering remote instrumental tuition and live-streamed professional performances to pupils in isolated areas. Yet, there's still one big sticking point: reliable, superfast broadband access to music education."

A recent partnership with UCan Play, the University of Hull and various Music Education Hubs sees the charity developing Connect:Resound, a research project that explores how the implementation of better technological facilities can better children's overall access and exposure to music.

The collaborative effort is to focus on live and online learning, where pupils will be able to connect in a virtual environment and engage with their tutors in real time. The programme will also place focus on education enrichment, allowing schools to access live performances and interviews with musicians so that they can gain an unprecedented insight to the music industry.

"Music Education Hubs serving areas with a large rural population are hindered by cost, transport and logistical barriers. By incorporating the Connect:Resound model of virtual tuition into the weekly schedule, teachers could spend less time travelling and more time teaching. "

Having experienced considerable success in North Yorkshire on a successful pilot running from 2015-2015. Connect:Resound has expanded its reach to four other areas including: Cornwall, Cumbria, Durham, and East Riding of Yorkshire. This is currently supported by public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the JP Getty Jnr Charitable Trust.

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By Josh Hummerston

Posted on 10 Mar 2017 12:22 to category : Music News

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