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The Ark T Centre's My Normal Music project ran a pilot year funded by Youth Music in 2017. The project is an intersectional Project working with young people with disabilities (including mental health) and LGBTQ+ young people.  

This year has seen such growth in our Music Project, the young people we have worked with and our staff on the project. Below our Project Manager, Hanah Bruce, shares some of the learning and reflections on the project.

Lively and energetic Samba session at Bridgewater college as a part of their RAG week and raising awareness of our projects.

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.

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    Mon 27 Nov 2017

As part of Daisi's Soundwaves in Action project, we have been working with a group of Children in Care who attend RIO Youth Club in Exeter. 

Bristol-based arts organisation OpenUp Music was originally founded in 2007 as the MUSE project, and relaunched under its current name in 2014. With Youth Music’s support, OpenUp has helped to transform accessible music-making for young disabled people nationwide with its groundbreaking ‘Open Orchestras’ programme.

Barry Farrimond, OpenUp’s Chief Executive and Technical Director, spoke to us about how Youth Music has supported the organisation over the years.

Excerpts from an evaluation report of a Music Leader reflecting on his leadership and sharing style, his CPD, how young people respond and how he benefits.

Jake Perrett joined B Sharp as a young participant in 2007 (when B Sharp started) and progressed through its Young Leadership training programme until he left for University in 2013. He now works full time in the music industry. This is his testimony about how his experience in B Sharp helped him.

A powerful testimony that national education policy makers should hear.

Music Educator Annie Sheen reflects on her first 6 weeks within a Youth Work charity, and asks how she can make music the dominant language while at the same time continuing to support personal and social development? 

In Gloucestershire, The Music Works has been working with young people and teachers in two schools to co-create a music programme to use music as a coping strategy to improve mental well-being. The programme was specifically targeted to young people experiencing low- to medium- level mental health difficulties and who are believed to be at risk of self-harm. In this blog, one of the four music leaders, Misha Law, shares some of her learning and a few tips from her experience of the programme. In the next blog in this series in January 2018, project manager Anita Holford will share some of the overall learning about the programme, and the final evaluation report

The XLR Collective reflect on their Campaign Celebration and the past seven months of their course.