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National Open Youth Orchestra Publishes Major Report

The report describes and evaluates the work of the world’s first disabled-led youth orchestra – essential reading for music educators looking to develop their understanding of inclusive music-making.

Published: 08 February 2023 | 1:25 PM
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The report is packed with insights for music education professionals wanting to understand the potential impact of diversity and inclusion. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) and research partner Sound Connections have launched a major report sharing key findings from four years of pioneering the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra (2018-2022).

The report is packed with insights for music education professionals wanting to understand the potential impact of diversity and inclusion on organisations, staff, musicians, music and audiences. It features suggested actions and questions from young disabled and non-disabled NOYO musicians, who are united in asking all musicians and educators to be part of the change.

Read the report here.

Chris Walters, the MU’s National Organiser for Education and Health & Wellbeing, commented:

“In just four years, NOYO has established a unique philosophy and way of working that is redefining expectations for inclusive youth music ensembles. All music educators can benefit from reading this new report and applying NOYO’s ideas to their own teaching.”

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