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Kate Lowes, our Head of Programmes, blogs about the next phase of our Both Sides Now programme – a three-year initiative to support, inspire and showcase women in music across the North of England – and we want to hear from you.

Sounding Out is a three-year music programme with deaf and hearing impaired (HI) pupils, now in its final year. It involves weekly workshops in one primary and one secondary school, as well as a research element being undertaken by University College London to explore musical progression as well as impacts on the communication skills of participants. In this blog our lead practitioner, Tiziana Pozzo, reflects on the interaction of movement, theatre and music, and on why a multisensory approach seems to achieve good results with these students.

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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 :    






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!

This January saw the third running of this project run jointly between Soft Touch and Leicester Philharmonia Orchestra. Once again it saw musicians and arts workers from Soft Touch join with orchestra players to lead young people from The Lancaster School, Winstanley Community College and The Highfields Centre in creating musical pieces that fused classical music with reggae, dub, spoken word and other urban genres.

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

Trinity Laban's music Learning & Participation team are working in partnership with Ark Evelyn Grace Academy to research how cultural organisations can work in partnership with schools to support young people to progress in their music making, funded by Youth Music.  We are now at the midway point of our funding and are reflecting on the activity of 2017 to inform activities planned for 2018.

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    Wed 31 Jan 2018

The project All About Music, brough together disadvantaged young musicians from a range of diverse, ethnic backgrounds across Slough. It gave them the opportunity to access facilities where could become creative music making young people.
The project was used to improve provisions for those least likely to be able to afford music tutition fees and encouraged young musicians to become more involved in various ranges of music genres.
Young musicians were empowered to use msuic to unlock their abilities and potentials which helped to promote understanding and tolerance of different ethnic cultures they came into contact with, young people also learnt to celebrate their indentities, cultures and diversities; acknowledging their achievements helping them to improve their quality of life.

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.