The University of York Music Education Group has been running for over 10 years led by groups of students passionate about music education for all. We run musical workshops in Primary and Secondary schools, Hospitals, Care Homes, and other Community Groups across York. Our key workshops include, Using Your Voice, Body Percussion, Djembe Drumming, Samba Drumming, Instrument Demonstrations, and Q&A Sessions; but we are always open to requests and will try to facilitate these as best we can. All of our workshops are free of charge, making music accessible to all!
We are very grateful to the Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust who have funded our activities for several years. Without their generous support we would not be able to offer as many activities or reach as many people. Please do check out their website.
'I used MEG last term at the care home I work at. Red Lodge. They provided me with a massive range of music entertainment. We had a far reaching variety of different music from all over the world and experienced different cultures. Always delivered with friendly and happy students. The residents love the sessions and I look forward to working with Alicia in the future. Thank you for all their efforts.'
Activity Co-ordinator, Red Lodge Care Home
In response to a joint event organised by MEG with Musical Connections:
'Thanks again for a really lovely afternoon - everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and you and your team were fantastic hosts (as well as great performers and very supportive of the older people). We really appreciate all the effort you put into organising it - some of the people who were there this afternoon are unable to access any other social creative activity outside of the work we do with them, so it was a wonderful treat for them.'
Musical Co-ordinator, Musical Connections
'York primary schools are so lucky to be able to experience the varied musical workshops which the MEG students offer.
The students bring an energy into our schools which the children really love.
MEG can offer a musical experience which many schools cannot provide for their children.
Even as an experienced music teacher I always learn something new from the students’ workshops. I hope the students who work in my schools feel they are supported by our teachers. For me, I feel it should be a shared experience. I can bring teaching skills and classroom management which allows the students to lead their practical and interactive workshops uninterrupted.
The introduction to instruments sessions have always been well received from FS to Yr6 in my schools. I booked workshops for all our children’s music lessons. I was impressed by how the students presented their performances to our children. Their material is suitable to the age range.
I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the MEG students who give their time freely to promote excellence in music education, it’s a level of musicianship to which our children can aspire.'
Primary Music Co-ordinator
MEG have been coming to Lamel Beeches Care Home for over 2 years now and our residents thoroughly enjoy their visits.
We have had visits from the gospel choir, the string quartet, the African drums and we have regular singing weeks.
It is so nice to see the residents’ faces light up when they are singing or listening to the music. For our residents it brings back lots of memories and lots of emotions. Music is well known to help with mental health and just seeing the residents tap their feet and sing a lot is just lovely. Some of our residents are also known to have a little dance in their wheelchair too. It is also about seeing new people and friendly faces, the MEG group also spend time chatting with the residents and getting to know them. They will research their favourite songs and chat about their lives too. We love the visits and looking forward to having them back in October.
Activities Co-ordinator, Lamel Beeches