A busy couple of weeks!!!!

It was great to have 5 new faces to add to the growing group at Highfields this week. Word is getting round about the great work we are doing in our local communities and we will begin Work in Carcroft, Askern and Bentley soon.

We have been using Pro DJ equipment for the last couple of weeks, but last night we began working on music which we will be uploading to Soundcloud, which will give a platform for sharing our productions.

We hope to showcase the amazing work being presented by young people in our local area and hopefully one day bring all our participants together in one venue to celebrate what we have achieved.

DJ Session at Highfields Boxing Club

We got our hands on professional DJ equipment tonight. I am proud to say that every single one of the group where bang on with their timing and execution of DJ mixing, which comes from the uniquely simple way we look at music.

Rather than showing the group the way that I DJ, I took a leaf out of DJ Methodz book. He is a Hull based DJ who I had the pleasure of speaking with last week. He has recognised the importance of giving young people the room to find their own way to be creative, with a relevance to them. Check out my interview with him by copying the link here:-

We also took turns in speaking about our favourite artists in front of the group, as much to build confidence as to share our musical interests.

Thanks to Liz for once again providing a hub for community activities in Highfields, and thanks to DMBC in partnership with Well Doncaster for providing funding for the development of our young people, who will be the custodians of the borough when we are no longer here.

Astrea Atlas Primary Academy

Atlas has a feel of an inner city School and the children are descendants of over 20 different nationalities. The session really highlighted how levels of focus and pace of learning are individual to every person.

In a few weeks it has been good to see the pupils from different classes growing together socially and looking forward to sharing each others company.

Confidence is building within the group and there gave been great leaps forward in terms of respecting the value of others, and their contribution to the group.

Looking forward to our next session, see you on Thursday.

Exploring Diversity and Music from around the World

Pictured above is The War Memorial to the men and women of Highfields, it is a poignant feature as you enter the village.

A lasting impression was made on me after a school trip visiting the vast war cemeteries in Normandy, my view on remembrance is simple. We should remember, and understand that war is what happens when communication and respect are devalued.

The first things we learn in 90 Minute Music are the dynamic value and values of communication and respect.

This week we looked at music from around the world, acknowledging our own cultural heritage and spoke about how language and music are learnt together.

We got our hands on a Mbira and Djemba from Africa. A Tabla from India and explored the musical elements that reflect the cultures.

We also used this Guiro (vase) I found at our local charity shop for a pound, so keep your eyes open for a bargain. Thanks to everyone for attending on a wet, cold miserable night

These young people are a credit to their families and are showing the confidence and skills which will transfer to their daily lives to support health, resilience and opportunities for progression.

Highfields Boxing Club

Back to School week and another great turn out. As always it is great to have young people from the local area attend. I must give credit to the parents travelling from Adwick and as far away as Warmsworth to get their children to our sessions.

I think we were all feeling the back to school blues this week. Good to see some new faces that told us that if we weren’t there, then they would be just kicking around on the streets.

When we were younger kicking around on the streets was Hide and Seek, British Bulldog, Double Dutch and of course Football. It is a different world now and we are proud to play our part in providing safe activities for young people to do. Thanks as ever to Liz for providing the venue.

Atlas Primary Academy

Great enthusiasm and expression at Atlas Academy in the heart of Doncaster this week with use of Microphones and Samplers. The students embraced the opportunity to use the technology. Although we bring with us state of the art equipment, we always encourage freedom of expression and in recent weeks we have introduced a shopping trolley, a tape measure and improvised drum kits into our music making.

Thanks to Neil the caretaker for his help, looking forward to seeing you all again next week.

A Dynamic Contrast

HIGHFIELDS BOXING CLUB : A busy day of delivery yesterday, building numbers in the group at Highfields with some new additions. Everything we do is focused on using music as a tool for development with communication and discipline at the core. Thanks to everyone who shared on social media and the parents for travelling from outlying villages.

ME PROJECT : We began our long anticipated work with ME PROJECT last night. Our usual all action hands on session was sprinkled with open group conversation as we explored how music can be used as a tool to reduce anxiety and cope with the increasing pressures of adolescence. Big thanks to all who attended and the staff for joining in and supporting. The due diligence and meeting of professional guidelines for developing this kind of workshop is massive. Utmost respect to Kath and Paige for getting to where they are.

ATLAS PRIMARY : We were back in the centre of Town for this one. Bringing together young people from different cultures and backgrounds. The starting point for this one was chaotic and challenging for every one of us. Our training in recognising SLD’s was helpful as we steered the group into respect, communication and genuine dynamism. We do this work because we know it can be challenging, but we also trust in our understanding and experience to bring out the best in everyone and the young people grew into it with gusto and enthusiasm. Thanks again to the staff for their support.

Imagine being somewhere……..

  • Where our differences are celebrated.
  • Where A.D.H.D, Dyslexia and other S.L.D.’s are not a barrier.
  • Where discipline and respect are nurtured within your group.
  • Where health and happiness are addressed as vital needs for development.

What do young people say about 90 Minute Music?……….

“I didn’t like 90 Minute Music – I Loved it” L. G. WEST ROAD PRIMARY

“I didn’t want to come today, I didn’t know it was going to be like this, I’ve really enjoyed it, when I heard it was going to be Music, I thought it would just be boring, but this is awesome, can I come next time?” M. B. TOM HILL YOUTH HUB

What do Professionals say about 90 Minute Music?……..


“Active Fusion has worked with Simon over the last year through our Fusion Camps delivering to 1000’s of children and young people across Doncaster. Simon creatively used music to help children and young people develop their communication skills, discipline and respect. He instantly felt like a member of our team with his infectious ability to engage young people and capture their imagination in minutes. A true professional and pleasure to work with, he has brought a new creative dimension into the work we do in schools and communities.”
Lindsy James – Active Fusion

Simon and the 90 Minute Music team offer some amazing work with children and young people. They work with them inside and outside of schools and really help engage those who are becoming disaffected, often the most hard to reach young people.
I can not recommend Simon and 90 minute music highly enough. He gets results and makes a difference! And always with fun and laughter
.” Clare Galliers – Tutors & Exams

  • 90 Minute Music Hold the UK Youth Quality Mark for working with young people
  • 90 Minute Music are members of EXPECT Youth
  • 90 Minute Music are fully trained in Recognising Specific Learning Difficulties

Highfields Boxing Club

Exploring what we have around us and visualising what may come in the future, recognising family, pets and pastimes as inspiration and support.

We put pen to paper to creatively explore rhythms and the building blocks of Music. The group responded well to more use of the technology this week.

Sometimes my role in 90minutemusic stems from the youth work which started the journey 9 years ago. Back then some of the kids just needed another adult around as a role model, and sometimes to remind them what is good in their lives. I think we did a little of this tonight.

Thanks again to Liz for the venue, the Parents for travelling from outlying villages, and of course the young people themselves, fantastically creative!!!

A Touch of Class

It was a great experience to work with the pupils of Windhill Mexborough just before Christmas. Fantastic engagement and a warm welcome from the staff made it a rewarding day for all.

We were blessed to be joined by professional photographer Gavin Joynt. In recent sessions I have asked parents to help me out with taking some pictures and to be fair they haven’t done a bad job, but in my experience getting a professional in can really make a difference. Rather than go on about how much of a nice bloke he was and how he anticipated the shots without getting in the way, I’ll just show a few of his pics to give you an idea.

You can find out more about Gavin and his great work at: http://www.gavinjoynt.co.uk/

Credit to Lindsy at Active Fusion who hired Gavin who was friendly, professional and kept up the positive energy in the room which is vital for us.