Using Music to
Enrich Family Life
Make Some Noise
brings music making to children and their families, in school and after-school.
Music is not just a subject in
the school curriculum. It is a fun, rewarding activity helping children learn,
create and work together to achieve. In after-school clubs, playtimes,
lunchtimes and family learning days, Make Some Noise works with primary and
middle schools, Special Education Needs co-ordinators and family learning
teams, to run singing, composition, song writing, and instrumental activities.
Make Some Noise provides
opportunities for children aged 6-11 to engage in positive extended school activities.
These sessions enable children to focus on musical activities such as
improvisation, composition, vocal work and technology.
Our projects have seen singing
leaders working regularly in 15 primary schools in the town to make singing a
daily part of school life, support transition and build confidence. Three new
vocal leaders have been trained, and experts have visited from around the
country to share their songs and techniques.
We use talented leaders with the skills to work with a variety of age groups,
including parents and children together. Make Some Noise song writing and
digital music workshops for families can bring music to community centres,
libraries or art galleries.
"The families commented on the opportunity to just 'have fun' together.
Everyone participated brilliantly and it was good to see children with a
mixture of ages and abilities getting on and having a very positive experience.
Parents seemed genuinely as keen as the young people to have a go. This really
did give a great sense of togetherness with the idea of music creation."
Cannock Project Manager, Staffordshire Women's Aid.
Make Some Noise
gives young people the chance to discover exciting new musical worlds.
We want to break down barriers
to musical styles which might be unfamiliar and challenging. We believe young
people should not be restricted by the limits of the music they know and like
Make Some Noise can introduce
them to musical composition of other cultures, or classical forms like opera.
Our Junknazium project invited pupils from a primary school to compose their
own musical material by turning junk yard scrap into instruments. Using the
theme 'passport to the world' the song created by the children was then
performed at the school and the Victoria Hall in Hanley.
Through our Youth Operatunity
programme, employing some of the most dynamic and inspiring music leaders in
their field, Make Some Noise helped three young groups create their own short
operas on the theme of teenage fears. The project culminated in the unique
theatrical production that was FrightFest.
"Youth Operatunity is breaking the myths that opera is a form of
expression only available to rich people. It's opening an entire new world to
Sue Moffat, New Vic Theatre
"This project has really
helped me compose music, and with my singing. It helps boost your confidence in
all elements of music."
"I got involved because I wanted to widen my range of singing,
instead of just staying with pop music."
Youth Operatunity participants.
"You get to express all the big emotions. This project has
stretched the young people and the artists involved."
James Redwood, Artistic Director, Youth Operatunity.
If you would like to find out
how Make Some Noise can help you offer high quality music making activities in your primary school, club or organisation,
call us on 01785 278 454 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical Inclusion is a large programme of activity funded over two years by Youth Music, to promote the National Plan for Music Education over a designated region, provide professional development opportunities, and seed fund what are called Breakthrough and Cold Spot activities.
Launching new young bands across the West Midlands. Our mobile song writing studios in youth and community centres provide a fantastic creative outlet for young emerging musicians, providing alternatives to boredom and street life.
Burton upon Trent project for young musicians and bands to create their own music scene with support from The Brewhouse Arts Centre on Union Street.
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