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Pilot project helps to hit the right notes

Pilot project helps to hit the right notes

Published at 8:21pm 16th September 2015. (Updated at 10:58am 17th September 2015)

A new report suggests that digital technology is the key to improving access to music education in North Yorkshire's rural areas.

Youth music development charity NYMAZ set up a pilot project after finding that many children are missing out on lessons.

Several schools were involved in the 'Connect: Resound' scheme which has identified a high-quality method of delivering tuition online, as well as the potential for significant financial savings.

It used technology including Skype, microphones, a video and audio mixer and streamer, along with three cameras to allow pupils and teachers to see different views.

Heidi Johnson, Director of NYMAZ, said: "It's an incredible step forward for music education.

"Music teachers in rural areas could spend far less time on the road between schools and more time teaching, meaning that more children would be able to receive lessons - in particular those in very small or very rural schools who currently miss out - as well as having access to a greater choice of instruments."

The online lessons proved very popular, with over 70% of pupils saying they enjoyed them "very much".

One pupil said: "The lessons are really enjoyable and make me want to learn my flute every minute of every day and I'm so glad I got the opportunity."

A parent added: "This opportunity has built confidence, self-satisfaction, happiness and family bonding. Very proud of what music has created personally for our child."

More information about the project at www.nymaz.org.uk/connectresound