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Amplify present REVOLUTION: Changing the Tune of Music Education

Can we make sure everyone in Lancashire has an awesome experience of Music Education?

How do we balance online with in-person opportunities to learn and create music? How do we recognise the achievements of digital music makers and bedroom producers?

Music is an important part of many young people’s lives but very few see it as part of their future career.

Amplify, Lancashire Music Hub’s Youth Voice programme, are bringing together young people with representatives from schools and the music education sector to look to the future of musical opportunities, both in and out of school, in Lancashire.

They will be debating issues, asking questions, and collectively developing innovative ways to shape how music education could look in the future. Inspiration for the event has come from new online content which has been created by young people exploring key themes in music education. The content, which includes podcasts and a music video, will be launched at the event alongside live music from Lancashire based young artists.

In their 2019 survey of over 400 young people, Amplify identified four key themes affecting music education:

-The “averageness” of music education

-What there is verses what there should be

-In person and online opportunities

-Career paths in music

These themes will be central to Revolution: Changing the Tune of Music Education. We’ll be hosting an interactive panel debate on each of the issues with the aim of finding new ways of working.

Lancashire Music Education Hub set up the Amplify programme in 2018 to ensure young people have a voice and can influence change at a strategic level. They have been working with partners More Music and Blaze Arts and this event is the culmination of 3 years work which has engaged young people across the county, including those who are not taking part in any formal music making activities.

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