Youth Music live streams education seminar

Youth-MusicBBC Radio 1 presenter Jen Long and veteran music journalist Pete Paphides are joining Youth Music’s live webcast tomorrow (Wednesday) to explore the ways young people engage with music in the digital age.

The seminar will be chaired by Andy Parfitt, Youth Music chairman and former controller BBC Radio 1, and also features Chris Price (New Slang Media, former head of music at Last.fm) and Youth Music executive director Matt Griffiths.

It will be broadcast live at www.youthmusic.org.uk/network from 8.45am to 10.30am Questions for a Q&A panel can be tweeted in live using the hashtag #ymseminar

Price will explore the changing ways that young people discover, share and make music while Long will discuss the topic of music careers in the 21st century. Paphides will look at ways of nurturing young music innovation in a time of recession and Griffiths will uncover the ways current music education initiatives are impacting the next generation of musicians and songwriters.

Griffiths said: ‘Over the last decade, the ways in which young people engage with music have changed dramatically but despite their music consumption remaining high, interest in music as a school subject is reducing.

We have three great speakers to examine the changing ways young people enjoy music and we hope this may bring some fresh ideas to how music can be taught, both in and out of school, in a way that harnesses the musical passions of our younger generation.’

Youth Music supports hundreds of music projects providing life changing music-making for young people with the least opportunity, helping them overcome the challenges they face in their lives. The projects provide places for over 100,000 children every year.