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Hands & Voices apprentices

We’re really proud of our Hands & Voices apprentices, who are currently leading singing and signing workshops in North Yorkshire primary schools, as part of a programme developed by our friends at NYMAZ.

Schools in North Yorkshire have been invited to become Singing & Signing Champions through training and support delivered by Accessible Arts & Media.

The programme is supporting Music Coordinators or Music Department staff from schools in North Yorkshire to learn about using sign supported communication to embed and enhance inclusive singing within their school setting.

The participating schools all receive:

• Free places for school staff on a CPD session: Introduction to sign-supported communication delivered by Hannah Thompson, our Communication Coordinator.

• A singing & signing music workshop for pupils delivered in school. These are the sessions that are currently taking place, co-led by our Hands & Voices apprentices alongside a specialist trainer and supporter from AAM.

• Access to singing & signing resources including song-sheets and demonstration videos via the AAM and NYMAZ websites.

• A follow-up mentoring session in school with Hannah Thompson to provide further advice and guidance for staff on incorporating singing & signing within the school’s music provision.

Anyone who’s taken part in one of our apprentice-led singing and signing workshops will know that they’re a great introduction to inclusive music making. Prior knowledge of singing & signing isn't required and by the end of each session, participants will be able to use simple sign language to introduce themselves and to sign (and sing!) the songs they’ve learned in the workshop.

This opportunity is supported through the North Yorkshire Music Hub’s Inclusion Strategy, and delivered by Accessible Arts & Media through the NYMAZ SEND Music Network.

We’re only able to deliver the groundbreaking work we do here at Accessible Arts & Media thanks to the support of our funders and through your donations. We have to raise over £200,000 every year to continue the vital work we do within the community. To find out more about how you can support us, or to make a donation please click here.