Funded by Youth Music, Sonic Explorers was a SoCo Music Project programme for young people in special education and/or in challenging circumstances. This has seen us deliver weekly music-making sessions at Toynbee School HiVis Club (an after school music club for students with visual impairments), Cedar School (a school for young people with complex physical, health and learning difficulties) and Polygon School (a school for boys with complex emotional and behavioural needs. We have also delivered a family day in partnership with the Narcolepsy Unit at Southampton Children’s Hospital, which consisted of a variety of music-making activities for young people with Narcolepsy (a sleep disorder that affects approximately .05% of the population) whilst providing a valuable opportunity for parents to talk to each other, creating a support network.
Increase the musical composition and performance skills of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities
Increased skills and awareness of music leaders, teachers and support staff to reduce or remove barriers to music-making for SEN/D Young People
Improved sense of well-being of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities
Princetown Youth Club is a rurally isolated Provision where music has become a feature that brings community together both within the project and the wider village. Here we look at the value of music in terms of personal, group and community development and the larger social and cultural impacts that this brings.
Drake Music have today launched a three-year programme, funded by Help Musicians UK, of creative & career development for emerging Disabled musicians, focused on new music commissions and music leader training.