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Redbridge Hub Special Schools Creative Music Project

‘Anyone watching the performance would have witnessed the sheer joy from the participants in the way that they approached the singing and instrumental playing.’ and the joy has continued for us as we’ve looked back on a project we’ve greatly enjoyed delivering and evaluating!

In 2014, Redbridge Music Education Hub commissioned Sound Connections to manage the Redbridge Special Schools Creative Music Project.

Weekly music workshops took place in four schools over three terms, led by Sound Connections Associate Artist Graham Dowdall, supported by Roshi Nasehi, also a Sound Connections Associate Artist, who led vocal sessions. Seth Newman, a percussion tutor, shadowed Graham. The project focused on creative music making using instruments, the voice, and a range of accessible music technologies. Using Vivaldi’s Four Seasons participants had the opportunity to explore the seasons, take sound walks, compose new music, and explore a wide range of sounds and ideas. The project culminated in a showcase at Redbridge Drama Centre on 8th July 2015.

Graham commented that the “length of the project made it possible to see meaningful development in the young people’s musicality…. Some of the outcomes we observed included – improved rhythmic playing and sense of pulse, ensemble playing, greater confidence in singing and other vocalisation, turn taking and group interaction, confidence, improved mood and concentration, communication.” Roshi observed that “children who hardly spoke were more verbal as a result of the activities and resources available in the sessions.”

Equally, the classroom teachers benefited with one saying that “feedback from staff has been that they have picked up new skills, ideas and ways of working and that they feel more confident in leading music with the young people.”

Want to learn more?

We’re delighted that Graham Dowdall will lead two workshops drawing upon learning from the project:

Project legacy

As a result of the project, the schools are keen to continue running creative music workshops, introducing weekly sessions as an integral part of their students’ learning.

We’re pleased to be able to share the evaluation report we’ve written for Redbridge Music Service. Read all about the project and the report here.

Looking for a project evaluator? 

One of our the most popular consultancy services is evaluation. During 2015-16 we’re working with Music Education Hubs and cultural organisations, evaluating projects for hearing impaired and SEN/D young people, a Roma music education programme, and an orchestra outreach holiday course. As evaluators, we draw upon a variety of tools, frameworks and approaches to evaluate each project in the most meaningful way. If you’d like to enquire about the Sound Connections team evaluating your project or programme, please contact philip@sound-connections.org.uk

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