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The Equal Access to Music Programme  comprises a set of Projects . The Programme has emerged from our experience of taking a Social Model Approach to make equal access to music a reality for Young People with ' autism' or 'learning disability' labels .  We'd welcome discussion about the development of ' Inclusive Music Facilitators' 

For more detail about the Projects please visit : http://www.theturningtidesproject.org.uk/equal-access-to-music-programme...    

 

 

 

 

 

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).

After a few positive exchanges on twitter I find myself blogging here!

How we made this song on the My Pockets 'Growth Spurt' project.

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. 

Using funding from Youth Music, we have been able to work with Music Therapy Bedfordshire to provide music therapy for a number of highly vulnerable young people, alongside valuable support and training. This is a case study on the impact for one of our pupils.

My experience of the Level 1 Inspire Project at Kingfisher Special School

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.

Jack Drum Arts’ ‘Wear Making Music’ Youth Music programme took to the forest for an evening of mythological magic and mayhem!

Providing opportunities for young people to listen to music, play music and engage it setting up events can be so rewarding for young people.

Community music and music education were at the centre of the conversation at the TEDx event in Lincoln late last year, as soundLINCS’ CEO Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE gave a fantastic speech on the topic “Community Music: A Power for Change”.

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.