Our brand new 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 developed partnerships with Glossopdale Community College, Buxton Community School and the Pupil Referral Unit at Chapel en le Frith and provided weekly music and arts activities for pupils who needed a boost in their learning.
The projects launched with a trip to Manchester to work at Contact Theatre for the day, where the young people used the recording studio and worked with professional musicians with different backgrounds. In the sessions that followed the young people worked with Lucy LeClaire, Eskay, G-Cut 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.
“It has given me the chance to express myself and I enjoyed doing something without be judged.” Young participant
There was also a chance for one-to-one sessions with the artists for mentoring, which helped 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.