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5 songs that I have used with young bands when they have just started working together.

Up Tempo is a project running inat South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with The Hive in Shrewsbury and Make Some Noise in Stafford. the aim of the project is to build on pilot projects involving the use of music, engaging with a wide range of young service users who are in touch with our services.  the beauty of the Youth Music funding is the ability to have weekly sessions running across out Trust inpatient facilities and in the community - allowing us to have more impact and to fully evaluate this delivery.

Jazzlines is a unique programme of creative jazz music and Talent Development initiatives based within Performances Birmingham Limited (PBL), the charity that runs Town Hall and Symphony Hall (THSH) in Birmingham. Since its inception in 2012 Jazzlines has been running a successful jazz education and talent development programme in Birmingham supporting young musicians from ages 9+ and providing them with progression routes for further engagement.

Wesleyan has just launched the Welseyan Foundation, a fund designed to provide financial support for local community groups and charities, to make a positive difference across four key themes: health, education, social development and innovation.

The Multicultural Music Making (MMM) methodology comprises four strands: learning - sharing - creating - legacy. In this post I will explore what 'sharing' means in our sessions, one of the most important elements in defining our approach to our work with young musicians.

The project has been running for almost five months now. The young people are finding their feet and we can already see their confidence growing when performing and through learning new skills. They are now working towards getting the set list together and practicing hard for their first live performance at Benn Hall in Rugby on Sunday 2nd July. Here's some of the latest footage and an update from the project


How volunteering on Quench Arts’ Musical Connections project for adults helped me to prepare for my shadow role on their Wavelength youth project 

A description of the second outdoor day of the Positive Pathways / Nature Beats course. 

An account of recording sounds for the first time while on a Sound Walk during Nature Beats / Wild Earth Coventry Course (C9 Feb 2017)

An account of recording sounds for the first time while on a Sound Walk during Nature Beats / Wild Earth Coventry Course (C9 Feb 2017)

National Charity, "Music For All" kindly donated some music instruments and amps for young people who attend the Beats, Bars and Banter project in  Rugby, Warwickshire. The music equipment will be used within the weekly workshops that take place every Thursday 4-6pm at Hill Street Youth Centre, Hill Street, Rugby. Young people will also be able to take home the acoustic guitars so they can continue to practice away from the workshops :) For more info on "Music for All" visit:

Also, here's a video of the first two weeks of the Rugby music sessions :) More will follow shortly...


What I’ve learnt as a shadow artist on the Wavelength project, the impact it has had on the participants and how it will affect my future practice.