Back at Campsmount Academy as we play our part in the many activities offered by the Active Fusion Easter programme.

We had 100% engagement with Beat-making, Jamming, learning about skin drums and track building as part of the music side today. Our philosophy in what we do comes from building social connections and the compounding resilience that comes from working with music. It is a privilege to be able to do this in a fun and engaging way. This is a quote from one of the young people today when asked about their experience.

“90 Minute Music is SICK!!!”  

  “Simon is funny and cool” S.W. age 12

We use professional Music Technology equipment, but I was keen to show the young people that there are opportunities for Music-making for free through software Apps, and some had already explored some of these. We like to offer a platform for further learning and engagement such as pathways to further training.  We spoke about the possibilities of a presentation page on one of the internet music platforms to showcase the beats and riffs that we have played and recorded.

It was great to have the support of Keegan, who got involved with our Electro-acoustic Jam and good to meet experienced leader Sarah, who spoke with about her experience and how passionate she was about giving young people these opportunities. It was a similar story to other professionals I have spoken to who work in the broad field of the Arts. The narrative of hard work and determination always seems to be there.

Wonderful to be invited to join Active fusion on this successful project and thanks to Philippa Bonham of EXPECT Youth for making connections, and also to Lindsy James for sharing evidence of our good practice.

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