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Readipop has just finished a 2 year Urban Orchestra programme. Throughout this programme we've had to think hard about how to engage with young people and to make sure we work with those who need the greatest support.

Our Programme
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.

Our Outcomes
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

On Monday 27th March 2017 the Musical Director, Amba Tremain, ran a Music Leader workshop for staff and volunteers from The Urban Vocal Group. The workshop covered many important topics involved with running a music session with young people; the room was full with potential tutors, volunteers and current UVG staff members. 

Thanks to funding from Youth Music and The Big Lottery, SATEDA has just completed a year long project called SwitchUP, which is an innovative adolescent to parent violence (APV) intervention for families where the young person has become abusive to their parent/s in order to get control over them. 

SoCo Music Project is excited to be creating a new post to support the development of Urban Music in Southampton...

Jack Kingslake, music leader and trainer with AudioActive, discusses the highs and lows of delivering training to young aspiring music leaders in Brighton.

Jack Kingslake, music leader and trainer with AudioActive, discusses the highs and lows of delivering training to young aspiring music leaders in Brighton.

These last two years of the Vocal Babies project have all been about development, sustainability and legacy. We recognise the positive impact our model has on families and the wider community and wanted to find a way to distill our experience and inspire others to use a version of our model in their own settings.  Below are the headline learning points throughout this project.