Our schools programme launched in September 2015 with funding from the National Foundation for Youth Music and Derbyshire Music Education Hub, paired with a grant from the High Sheriff Fund and a private donation.
We have developed partnerships with Glossopdale Community College, Buxton Community School and the Pupil Referral Units at Chapel en le Frith and Buxton, 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, G-kut and MC Fox 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 gained in self confidence and dialogue with staff and teachers who now understand them more. In the first two years 28 young people have gained an Arts Award from Trinity College London.
“It has given me the chance to express myself and I enjoyed doing something without be judged.” Young participant
There is also a chance for one-to-one sessions with the artists for mentoring, helping some to plan their direction and decide to achieve more at school.
“The best bit was being creative with music in a chilled atmosphere where we can talk about life in general.” Young participant.