Inclusive Practice in Action: Diversifying the Music Education Workforce, Sound Connections

Date: 
Thu, 11/02/2021 - 09:30 - Fri, 12/02/2021 - 17:00

This event is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the benefits of embracing diversity and inclusion for music education organisations, practitioners and young people. It will encourage openness and honesty about past and present discrimination faced by Black and brown people, people of colour, white minorities, Disabled people, LGBTQ+ people and women working within music education. 

Cost: £10 per day / £15 for 2 days

Dates: 11-12th February 2021

 

The killing of George Floyd in May 2020 sent shockwaves worldwide. It brought to the foreground the incidences of racism and social injustice that many Black people experience daily, not only in the USA but also in the UK. It exposed institutional racism, alongside the conscious and unconscious bias of individuals.

Whilst one of many incidences of institutional violence, Sound Connections were moved by George Floyd’s killing in particular for three reasons. Firstly, it came at a time when the world was standing still, as communities went into a COVID-19 driven lockdown. Secondly, its recording and subsequent public sharing increased its visibility, reaching audiences worldwide. Thirdly, it prompted physical and economic protests, forcing those in power to pay attention. It was this powerful combination of space, visibility, and attention that drove global movement.

If music education organisations and individuals are to continue this movement and enact long-term systematic change, they need to make genuine space for visible and accessible discussions, and we all need to be involved. Sound Connections therefore invite you to their virtual sit-in Inclusive Practice in Action to work together to take practical action to ensure music education is inclusive and diverse.

Hosted by Brenda Rattray, this event is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the benefits of embracing diversity and inclusion for music education organisations, practitioners and young people. It will encourage openness and honesty about past and present discrimination faced by Black and brown people, people of colour, white minorities, Disabled people, LGBTQ+ people and women working within music education. It will consider the impact of representation within music education – how music is learnt, what is being learnt and the role models – has on children and young people. It will intentionally broker relationships and conversations that we hope will continue beyond the event.

Sound Connections is providing a safe space to enable this to happen. Come and be part of a community of change: be open to learn, and find out something new about yourself and others, ask questions, explore language, reflect on experiences and take action to move towards a more representative, diverse and inclusive music education sector.

This event is fuelled by kindness. We warmly invite you to join us.

How is this event being put together?

Sound Connections has co-created this event with an advisory group who provide challenge, ideas and support around format and content. This group of brilliant individuals will also be involved in facilitating sessions at the event. Read more about the advisory group here. A group of young people are also involved in the planning, co-producing the event, planning and producing film and audio content, and participating in/facilitating discussions. Read more about our young co-producers here.

For more information and to book your place, visit their website

Contact: 
Emily