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  • by Daisi

    Wed 6 Jul 2016

As part of the Soundwaves in Action project, Daisi are running a music project with young people in Devon who are in vulnerably housed and at risk of homelessness.  We are working with three partner organisations – the YMCA, The Esther Community and Young Devon to set up music making opportunities for the young people who are short-terms residents in these supported housing projects and hostels. The young people living in these hostels are between 16 and 25 and face a range of challenges circumstances, including leaving the care system, family breakdown and mental health issues.

Over the last 6 months our Jam Buddies project has been growning and developing - we have each learned new skills and have become more fluid as a team. But that isn't all that this project is about, it is about the Jam Buddies developing their musical skills and supporting each other to do so. please have a listen t the Jam Buddies Podcast to find out how it is going:

Of course, the project is ongoing; there will be more Podcasts, more movies directed and songs created.

Separately, over the last 18 months we have been creating a performance called Morpheus. I thought you may be interested in this too, as it would be an excellent performance to attend if you have students are able to get to Bristol and are working towards an arts award that have yet to see a live performance:

WILD Music Makes Me Happy Update

A brief creative session report for North and South Bristol May 2016

We had some great sessions this month - my personal views on what helps to make things run smoothly with a link at the bottom to young musician progression/creative session report this month. 

B Sharp – Building A Sound Future
Formed in 2007, responding to young people’s requests for creative activities, B Sharp is a registered charity based in Lyme Regis that offers music making opportunities for children and young people across E. Devon and W. Dorset.
B Sharp is not just about teaching music skills; we help engender personal, social and leadership skills through music making activities so that our participants develop as people, musicians and citizens.
B Sharp’s main objective is to help participants to “be creative, be confident, and be valued”.
We work with local schools, youth groups, parents, music professionals and other partners so that our participants not only feel valued as part of B Sharp but also develop a strong sense of being part of a wider community. Peer mentoring and leading by example underpin the pathways we provide for young people to create, participate in, and lead music workshops and performances. This is a crucial element of how B Sharp offers an opportunity for young people to become included and valued; to help build self-confidence, work cohesively as a group and to learn transferable skills for the future.
Carefully selected music leaders who offer the highest level and range of experience as composers, musicians, singer songwriters, and technicians host our weekly groups and other regular events. Our music leaders are enthusiastic and inspiring, with many being B Sharp alumni who share a love of music and the B Sharp ‘way of working’; and to maintain this approach we operate a skills cascade training model with clear pathways of progression for both our participants and our music leaders.
B Sharp welcomes and mixes all young people regardless of their ability, background or circumstances; every participant can offer support to and be supported by others using their different individual strengths. We make the most of what we have got, looking for the best in individuals to bring out the best in the collective, using the ideas of young people to create new music in a collaborative way, with the focus on stimulating ideas and excitement to nurture interest and talent.
We are rooted in our community and seize every opportunity to extend the music experiences for our young people. It is our ‘ground up’ approach, balanced with professional youth work practice and high quality music leadership that brings young people together to create positive outcomes. 

After drawing attention to the quality and diversity of disability music making in 2015, Colston Hall’s Fast Forward is back on Friday 3rd June.

New research shows that music boosts relationships and social bonding leading to improved wellbeing and stronger communities.  Plymouth Music Zone's new independent evaluation “Reaching Out: The impact of music-making on individual and community development in Plymouth” (BOP Consulting, May, 2016) comes within days of a report published as part of Mental Health Awareness week by the Mental Health Foundation that said people's wellbeing is being adversely affected by not investing more time in relationships. 

Weston Youth Ensemble performing some African drumming at their Easter music Workshop on the 7th of Aprill 2016.

On the 7th of April learners at Weston Youth Ensemble will were given the opportunity to take part in an Easter music workshop at Weston College. The purpose of the day provided learners with an exciting opportunity to expand their musical skills and personal confidence through a variety of structured workshops. Learners were given the opportunity to take part in an African rhythm workshop, record performances within a studio environment and use computer music technology (Logic Pro X) to compose and produce their own songs. The day was a huge success and provided learners to explore further pathways within the music and creative industries whilst developing new skills. 

Thoughts on scaffolding and supporting the music made by young people, and questions relating to the Youth Music Quality Framework.

This is part of a keynote I delivered in March at Colston Hall to the RESEO conference ( It is heavily plaigarised and I have tried to give credit to those whose copy and ideas I have nicked. It's more of a rant than an attempt to put forward new ideas but it sums up what I think of technology. Thanks for reading...