Our schools programme has been running since 2015 with funding from the National Foundation for Youth Music matched by Derbyshire Music Education Hub and contributions from the schools.
This year (2018/19) we are working in Glossopdale Community College, Buxton Community School and New Mills School, to provide weekly music and arts activities for pupils who needed a boost in their learning.
Each year we launch with a trip to Manchester to work at Band on the Wall for the day, where the young people work with their technician on the sound and lighting desk and with professional musicians with different backgrounds. In the sessions that followed the young people work with Lucy LeClaire, Eskay and G-kut to learn new skills, such as programming music on software such as Garageband, Logic and Ableton Live; writing lyrics about their lives, and using this to talk about ‘life in general’ in an open way; Researching their musical influences and art and design used by recording artists; and instrumental skills. They also gain in self confidence and dialogue with staff and teachers who see them achieving and working together. Since 2015 64 young people have gained an Arts Award from Trinity College London at Bronze or Explore level.
“It has given me the chance to express myself and I enjoyed doing something without be judged.” Young participant
We also sign post participants into our out of school activity, like Film Cuts Club and Tall Tales.
“The best bit was being creative with music in a chilled atmosphere where we can talk about life in general.” Young participant.