(Pictured here: Richard Foxall, head of music at Moorside School, near Stoke-on-Trent, leads a Yamaha Class Band lesson with a year 7 class)
Welcome to Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)'s education community, Yamaha Education Friends - connecting people who teach or contribute to music education, all around the UK and in the Republic of Ireland, at all levels and in all kinds of settings.
While we have areas for general discussion/sharing on general music education topics, we are developing specific focus areas, which educators can register, free, to access. These currently include: jazz, improvisation in general, contemporary classical music, composing (and teaching it), 'Class Band' (Yamaha UK's whole-class wind band teaching pilot project) and music technology.
Music education professionals, join FREE to see community-only content and take part in discussions and competitions.
The UK's Yamaha Jazz Experience jazz education competition for ensembles of 11-18s will see eight finalist ensembles playing at the finals at Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May 2012, with the three winning ensembles awarded prestigious gigs at top London jazz venues including Ronnie Scott's, the 606 Club and the Bull's head jazz club, Barnes.
JazzFM broadcaster, Helen Mayhew, and head of jazz at Trinity College of Music, London, joined Yamaha's Bill C Martin in March to shortlist the entries down to the eight ensembles in three age categories (under-15, under-17 and under-19).
For news of the finalists click here.
You can read about the entire project on our Yamaha Music in Education site, about the winners' London jazz gigs in Summer 2010.
For teaching resources and video interviews go to the Jazz Experience page.