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Making music and memories in lockdown

by Craig Martin on 6 May, 2020

Videos helping children to hone their music skills at home have received more 5,000 views on YouTube.

Last month, Durham Music Service (DMS) moved all of its teaching sessions online to allow schoolchildren to continue to their lessons during the lockdown.

In normal circumstances, DMS provides small group lessons to more than 4,000 primary and secondary school pupils across County Durham and Darlington per week. It also delivers whole school sessions, which see 18,000 young musicians try their hand at everything from brass and woodwind, to singing and the ukulele.

By using video conferencing technology, DMS, which is partly funded by Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council and Arts Council England, has been able to continue to deliver these sessions to pupils.

The team is also regularly uploading fun-filled music videos on its YouTube channel, with hundreds of families tuning in each day.

In April, the videos received more than 4,000 views, and this figure now stands at almost 6,000. Many children and families have also been creating their own music clips and sharing them on social media using the hashtag #DMShomesessions. Among the highlights so far has been a father and son duet of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ performed on the trumpet during the weekly clap for keyworkers.

Michael Summers, manager of DMS, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to our new YouTube channel and #DMShomesessions. When we moved our regular lessons online, we were keen to do something the whole family could enjoy together, while also serving as a useful tool for parents and carers teaching children at home.

“I am delighted the videos have been so popular and have also inspired other people to create and share their own. Music can be incredibly uplifting, and it is important we all find ways to relax, enjoy ourselves and look after our mental health during this difficult time.

For more information about DMS and how to get involved in #DMShomesessions visit www.durhammusic.org.uk or follow @Durhammusiconline on Facebook and @TrustDurham on Twitter.

To view DMS videos on YouTube visit www.youtube.com/c/DurhamMusic

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