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An opportunity for us and for the young people!

Stan is a Rep volunteer - a young aspiring music-head who just did what most music journalists can only dream of. Stan spent 80 minutes with Damon Albarn and Remi Kabaka (AKA Gorillaz). This is how it happened from Stans perspective.

I leave Bristol Plays Music (BPM) tomorrow after 10 years since joining Colston Hall to take up the post of Director of Music Leader South West. During all those years I have worked on programmes funded by Youth Music (YM) and have been involved in and observed the evolution of both YM, BPM and music education generally

What is Reflective Practice?

It is a way in which we can work, look back on and learn from the work that we do. It helps to build self awareness and develop a better understanding of others. It is a way to continuingly learn and develop skills. It is a continuing cycle that feeds from one point to the next.

Artistic Assessment - 25 April 2017 - MiXT UP Youth Music Project

This assessment has been commissioned by Arts Council England to assist with its evaluation of the quality of the work created or presented by the arts and cultural organisations it funds.

The guys n gals from the University of Portsmouth Creative Industries School have been hanging around Music Fusion. This is the film they made about the work we do.

K-Dog has been working with producer Lindsay Corstorphine in his Studio Sessions at Heart n Soul's SoundLab. He is creating an album and in each 2 hour session is able to make a complete track.

During the Gamajam programme we ran one week that was, in the main, focusing on developing the leadership skills of a young musician on work experience with BlueJam Arts. BlueJam Arts is unique as an organization that not only offers young musicians opportunities for playing and improvising but also a path for them to become young music leaders.

Our Music Leaders regularly find that participants inspire them as much as they hope to inspire the children and young people. Here we focus on the two way inspiration felt by Charlotte White at Woodlands Meed Special School in West Sussex.

BlueJam Arts has been working with a dozen young people from James Rennie Special School over several weeks. The aim of this programme is to explore how accessible tuned percussion Gamelan instruments are to people with learning differences and how they can be used to build self-confidence, creative and leadership skills.

Our partner in the programme is The Heathlands Project, a day centre for adults with learning differences, and where our gamelan orchestra is housed.

There is an international movement of community music and everywhere I travel I see a different side and aspect of the practice. Currently I am teaching for 2 days at the Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia after working on two conferences in Hong Kong and Auckland.