Young Music Leaders

Many young people undertake leadership roles in music activities, both in and out of school.  The CMEH recognises the important role these young leaders play in musical learning and also how leadership can contribute to the personal development of young people.  

Cornwall Young Music Leaders Development Programme - 2016/17

We have commissioned Hub partners, Cymaz Music, to create and deliver a free programme of training which will enable young people to develop the skills they need to lead music activities.  The programme will be launched with a free two day residential course in Cornwall led by renowned music educator, Ben Ballard,  with input from other key specialists.  Following this training, the young people will be supported by mentors and have the opportunity to work with ensembles to put their newly acquired skills into practice.  

Any young people aged between 15  - 18 interested in being part of this programme should complete the registration form and return by 11th November

Young Music Leader Training Flyer - Autumn 2016

Young Music Leader Application Form 

About the Cornwall Young Music Leaders Programme

The Cornwall Young Music Leaders Scheme is an exciting new programme aimed at young people who are interested in learning about teaching and leading music activities.

We are looking for young people age 15-18 yrs who are involved in music from the widest settings including; secondary schools, ensembles, vocal and singing groups, community groups and out-of-school music activities.

What does the scheme involve?

The scheme is for you if you are:

Please note: There are no grades or levels required to be part of the scheme, you may have only just discovered music and be at the start of your musical journey, or you may be an accomplished musician or leader already – what is essential however is your willingness to taking part fully in the scheme, your love of music as well as an open and curious mind.

How much does it cost?

Amazingly the scheme is FREE for participants as it is being fulled funded by the Cornwall Music Education Hub!  However you will need to make arrangements for your own travel to and from the residential venue 

When does the scheme start and for how long?

The scheme starts with a residential on 2nd – 4th December 2016 after which you will be supported to find a placement to develop your skills and mentoring, as well as accreditation option if you choose. The scheme will end with a final day-long gathering in March 2017 (dates and venue tbc)

Residential Venue

The residential weekend will take place at Endelienta a residential centre near Port Isaac. Accommodation is mainly in dormitories with full board catering on site, as well as interesting workshop spaces. Full details will be supplied pending your successful application.

To apply – please download the initial application form telling us why you would like to be part of this scheme and send to by 11th November.

Other info

The project is being delivered by Cymaz Music – a charity and non-profit company working throughout Cornwall which believes in the positive and life changing power of music, in partnership with Cornwall Music Education Hub. All leaders are experienced educators or youth workers and hold current Enhanced DBS checks. The venue and any activities will be subject to a full risk assessment as well as health and safety planning 


Matt Harrison – Music Leader

Growing up in Cornwall Matt has been working as a professional musician for 10 years, playing, teaching and leading workshops. He has worked all over the world, including South Africa, where he played with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and had the opportunity to teach music in the Townships. 

Matt has also played professionally with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and on various U.K tours, including Evita and The Blues Brothers.

Matt started his career in the Bodmin School Band and Cornwall Youth Orchestra and is passionate about music education, and its benefits. Matt currently runs Big Bang Music, a music education company providing workshops to schools.

Ben Ballard – Music Leader

Ben has a life long love of music and has worked in music education for the last 20 years in a wide variety of settings both in London and across the South West. He studied music as a mature student at City University London. Ben is passionate about the art of running workshops and the power of music to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities.

For 6 years, Ben was the Director of Plymouth Music Zone (PMZ) where he enabled the charity to develop into the largest community music organisation of it’s kind in the South West. Since leaving Plymouth Music Zone, Ben has been working on a freelance basis providing support and consultancy to music and arts-based organisations, as well music training and workshop related activity.

Emily Foulkes – Music Leader

Emily is a Director of Cymaz Music and has worked in music education for over 13 years, developing, planning and managing a wide range of projects for children and young people. Starting out at the National Foundation for Youth Music, Emily was involved in raising more than £3m for a national Young People’s Music Mentoring programme and a national youth volunteering scheme. Since moving to Cornwall in 2009, Emily has contributed to the development and ongoing success of Cymaz Music. She has a particular interest and passion for inclusion and ensuring that everyone can take part and reach their potential. 

Emily is a Vocal Leader, currently running an adult choir and a group for people with Lung Diseases. Emily is currently working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy and Professional Practice.

Megan Chapman - Youth Worker and House Parent

Megan is a qualified youth worker and also a spoken word, rap artist and workshop facilitator across the UK as well as overseas.


Young Music Leaders - Best practice research

We recently commissioned research in this area to identify examples of best practice and to help us create and roll out our programme to support young music leaders

Key findings of the research

1) Many opportunities for young leaders already exist but there is currently no formal structure or scheme in place whereby young people can be accredited or work towards common goals and outcomes.

2) There is a need to link to existing recognised accreditation such as Arts Award and Duke of Edinburgh to ensure the scheme has currency.

3) Young Music Leaders could help foster links between primary and secondary schools and could increase the Hub's engagement in cold spots and with schools not currently engaging.

4) The previous Young Singing Leaders project  was very successful and could be built upon to form the vocal element of the programme.

5) The skills invaluable to any young music leader can be translated into a training framework which will ensure consistency.

6) By developing a programme that ties up, repackages and re-brands what already exists, we can gradually build a Cornwall-wide body of young music promoters and improve ‘signposting’ activity.

Young Leadership Research Report - November 2014

Young Leadership - Consultation Report and framework - January 2016


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