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Y1 - Music-making reflects the young people’s interests, with recognition of their existing musical identities.

Young person and trainee Music Leader  creating original material during a Sound of the Welly songwriting workshop photo credit Kev Howard.jpg

Where I’ve been unable to organise visits to watch live music in the past, I have held a “You Tube concert”. Basically, each young person chooses a You Tube performance, and the rest of the group watch it. They then discuss it and write notes in their Arts Award logbook. The group discussion element is really important, and actually this is where a You Tube concert can be far more relevant to the young people than attending an actual gig. Because it’s their personal choice of music, it’s more meaningful to them and this elicits different viewpoints more easily as it is something they are more interested in.

Taken from Hartlepool Borough Council Youth Support Service


Drake Music: Many Disabled young people have less opportunity to make choices and be 'in charge' than their non-disabled peers. Access to music-making can increase these opportunities.

Example: A music leader initiates a 'call and response' music activity with a musician with a learning disabled musician. Each time, the music leader and support worker wait for the participant to begin playing before they respond. The young musician can enjoy the power of keeping the others waiting in silent suspense.