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.