Edlington Eco – Bullcroft Memorial Hall – Myplace Bentley

Another busy week with focus on collaboration and inclusion.

After a chance meeting with Sam Siddall MBE, who was awarded her honour for community work, we were Invited to Edlington and were given a warm welcome by Lynn and the team.

We enjoyed an energetic jamming session with a wide age range as mum’s enthusiastically supported their children. It is a always a pleasure to work with children who have additional needs, especially in mixed groups as it adds value to all who attend on a social development level. Great to see lots of smiles and we look forward to seeing you all again.

Myplace Bentley was a little different this week as we decided to write a song based on the positive messages which are artistically written all over the youth hub walls. This presented a couple of challenges which were overcome with some creative collaboration. As always the timing of introducing challenges is crucial to build confidence and develop essential skills. Once again it was the girls who took the lead and proved that music technology is not a male only environment.

Carcroft this week was all about communication and Jamming. We had an increase in numbers due to a bit of canvassing outside the local school. We also welcomed attendees from across town who whole heartedly contributed.

Thanks again to Well Doncaster and Director of Public Health, Rupert Suckling who we met with this week. We look forward to sharing some more detail of our recent success stories.

Bentley Myplace from 6.00pm Wednesdays

Carcroft Bullcroft Memorial Hall from 4.00pm Thursdays.

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.

#dnshowcase2022

We recently attended a celebration of Doncaster Businesses. We were lucky enough to meet David Shaul, Jordan Goldsworthy and Robert Campbell from That Agency Co. They are a Creative Media company based in the Frenchgate Centre.

They created a vlog of the whole event here. https://youtu.be/jJiLt2-OihI

Great to talk to guest speaker Rik Courtney from Be More Social, who have given us business support through the CWB, along with many other wonderfully passionate and creative people. Credit to Doncaster Chamber for organising.

Active Fusion Winter Camps

Just a quick word from some of the young people who we have been working with in December

Big thanks to the children at West Road for sharing their positive views

Once again thanks to Lindsy and all the wonderful staff at Active Fusion for their support, also the staff and pupils at Kirk Sandall, Windhill, and West Road for their commitment in supporting not only a boost to the education of their children, but much needed support for local families who have been affected by the pandemic.

Boost to the Acoustics!!!

Due to the unique way we deliver 90 Minute Music, we always draw on the experiences of working in Live Sound and Studio settings. The frequency ranges of the instruments need to be carefully considered.

We have been on the look out for a Schlagwerk Log Drum for a long time and were struggling due to the cost of these high-quality acoustic instruments. Everything we use must be safe, durable and fit with the framework of principles in which we work. Mission Accomplished!! Tried and tested on over 500 young people this summer. For some this was the first musical instrument they had ever played and as expected, turned out to be a real confidence booster.

Another addition we have acquired is this Aluminium Darbuka. These instruments are helpful when working with people who have mobility issues or have weakness in their hands. We pride ourselves on being able to use the knowledge we have gained through experience to maximise the possibilities for all within our sessions.

These instruments will provide a source of inspiration hopefully for years to come. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far!!!

The End of a Challenge, The Beginning of Another.

We are proud to announce the professional qualification of Director Louise Beioley-Flynn. She now holds a BSc (Hons) and is a Registered Nurse.

Studying while raising a family is a big commitment at the best of times but doing it during a Pandemic and working unpaid for 2,400 hours must be commended.

Louise left school with no formal qualifications and had to resit GCSE’s, before completing an access course to Nursing and Midwifery, then going on to attain her degree. It wasn’t always an easy ride, but we got there. She has an absolute passion for Nursing, she was inspired to begin the journey after meeting a health visitor, who was supportive of Breast Feeding, and seeing a good friends’ social media posts about studying at the same level.

The impact on 90 Minute Music has been a greater shared knowledge base and awareness of certain professional principles, which have relevance to our practical work. Having access to the university’s resources gave an opportunity to delve into the increasing academic research surrounding Music, Psychology and how Neuroscience can provide answers, and in some cases provide further questions about how we interact with Music and the benefits to lifelong health and education.

Opportunity Area Doncaster!!!

We were recently invited to support activities on behalf of the Doncaster Opportunity Area. It is humbling to be considered for this kind of important and impactful work in our own borough of Doncaster.

Our hands-on approach fit the criteria for this perfectly as it was to support young people not in mainstream education and those who may not be able to access the kind of service we provide by barrier of expense or physical locality.

We Provided 4 sessions at the Youth Hubs and were proud to involve our latest volunteer Tom. Tom is studying music at School and it was a great opportunity for him to get real practical experience of working with music, and also a chance for him to work with young people, which might not always seem like a career path for someone of his age.

One of the young people who attended came with his siblings and wasn’t as keen on travelling to the Youth Hub as his brother and sister.

“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. Age 12

We take pride in making our sessions engaging and accessible so to hear quotes like this gives us a real boost to know that the hours of preparation are worthwhile.

We met the usual challenges presented by the Covid-19 Pandemic, and respect goes out to the Youth Hubs staff for their professionalism and humility which I have come to expect, but never take for granted.

Thanks to Philippa Bonham of EXPECT Youth, Lee Douglas and Robin Macneill, and also Paul Littlewood of Higher Rhythm for offering support on this project.