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This blog aims to share our methodologies and philosophies when working with Looked After Children, which led to the huge success of "And The Beat Goes On 2".

In the second of this three part series, some of the young people we work with at More Music share their experiences of how coming to projects and playing music has a positive impact on mental health and well being.


Week after week we read reports about the rising number of students disclosing a mental illlness when they arrive at university (Krause, 2017), of how ‘girls and young women are experiencing a “gathering crisis” in their mental health linked to conflict with friends, fears of body image and pressures created by social media’ (Campbell, 2017). That in an average class of 30 schoolchildren, 3 will suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder; of how social media platforms, described as more addictive than cigarettes, are detrimental to young people’s mental health and well being (2016, RSPH).

On a wet Tuesday morning, Scottish pop artist, singer, songwriter and producer Charlotte Brimner from Be Charlotte, along with her guitarist Stuart and manager Louie descended upon Lancaster & Morecambe College to begin a short college tour of the North West. 

The Family Songbook was a project for 3-4 year olds at risk of language delay (and their parents) in Burnley, Lancashire, using music to build confidence and communication skills whilst widening access to participation in music making activities. Music leaders Ben McCabe from More Music, Zoe Greenhalgh, Sally-Anne Roberts and Beth Allen delivered sessions over a six week programme in five settings, two community centres and three formal EYFS providers, engaging over a hundred children and sixty five parents.

Allsorts is a music project that takes places every week during term time at Z-arts in Hulme, Manchester. We have two sessions that currently take place: Allsorts Essentials for 5-10 year olds and Allsorts Unplugged for 11-16 year olds. Many of the young people that attend our sessions have little to no access to any other music projects, and Allsorts is the one time during their week they feel they can express themselves, socialise and be creative. Thanks to Youth Music, Allsorts has been running for a number of years. For 2018 there is going to be some exciting new changes to the project. We listened to what our young musicians had to say, and were exctied for the future! 

Soundtracks  is a Youth Music funded project run by Blackburn with Darwen Music Hub. Over the last 16 months, we have been working with Blackburn with Darwen Young People’s Service and Blackburn Youth Zone to develop core music sessions in Blackburn Youth Zone and youth centres, providing opportunities for music making for young people from the ages of 12-19, particularly those in challenging circumstances.

My Keyboard Lessons are looking for someone to do part-time teaching hours in music at City of Liverpool College.

If any proof was needed of the high standard of music making achieved by local young people, then Cre8’s Youth Concert was all the evidence needed. 

Basking in the glory of the last Cre8 Music Concert and reflecting on the journey of the music project over the last few years...

This maybe useful as a tool to collect information about the participants on your project. At Plugged In, Music Leaders and Youth Workers can access this file from Dropbox using an Ipad during the sessions. 

Project Background

The project was a music project divided into two subprojects, 1) BAND SCHOOL: Teaching young people skills in live music, instrument playing and performing skills.  2) HOLIDAY HARMONIES: A boot-camp project during school holidays engaging with emerging/aspiring young musicians.