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Employing my teaching experience, technical skills and passion for creativity, I enjoy working as an enthusiastic and supportive workshop leader and group facilitator. I am committed to using positive language and enabling people to manifest their creative expressions. I have ample varied experience of project planning and delivery, both solo and in collaboration with other facilitators and project partners. I value meaningful evaluation and self-reflection to constantly improve my practice.

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After years of kind folk helping me with questions and quandries, I am now happy to act as a mentor/advisor/enabler for people interested in starting out in music technology/audio engineering eg. giving advice on equipment, training resources, performance and confidence coaching. I also train teachers on using music technology to enrich their currriculum activities.

“Only a randomized design experimental study can capture causality; yet our analyses demonstrate in a relatively rigorous fashion a robust relationship between music participation and achievement.”- The Impact of Music on Childhood and Adolescent Achievement by Darby E. Southgate & Vincent J. Roscigno (Ohio State University)

Some examples of current and previous projects:

Delia Derbyshire Day – music project development and facilitator. I fundraised for and managed the production of this wonderful short film as part of my work with electronic music charity Delia Derbyshire Day.

One Education Music - music technology courses in over 30 primary schools plus Pupil Referral Units & SEN schools. Including training for teachers using ipads. You can read an article about this work in International Arts Manager.

“Music involvement is a form of cultural capital that seems to provide cognitive and social tools that help students successfully navigate the educational terrain.”- The Impact of Music on Childhood and Adolescent Achievement by Darby E. Southgate & Vincent J. Roscigno (Ohio State University)

Delia Derbyshire music project notebooks

Drake Musicmusic technology workshops and projects for young disabled people in SEN schools and special creative projects. One-to-one and groups working towards a performance/recording using assistive/accessible technology.

Ableton Live Push Initiative, Secondary Schools, Manchester
I was asked by One Education Music to devise a pilot project to launch their Ableton Live (music software) Push Initiative. Push is a controller interface created specifically for Ableton Live music software. The young people seem to really enjoy the experience and their confidence and musical competence is blossoming. Two schools spent a day at Reform Radio producing their own radio show about the project and the music they created – to be aired soon. This initiative is supported by Manchester Youth Music Hub.

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Both Sides Now – songwriting projects for secondary schools
Designing and delivering song writing workshops in partnership with Brighter Sound and One Education Music. The aim of this project is to increase confidence and skills for young female identifying musicians.

Making Waves, The Hexagon Experiment – a summer school at Sage Gateshead as part of Great Exhibition of the North in August 2018. Working with a group of young lasses, they learned about a range of music tech tools and techniques and then they produced their own experimental electronic performance.

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Hear Me, Uni of Huddersfield – music technology, sound recording and composition workshops for girls aged 11-16.

Mahdlo Youth Zone, Oldham – I worked with a small group of young people to create a soundscape for the Holocaust Memorial 2016 & also worked as a vocal coach with young people wanting to develop their singing skills.

Let’s Go – “Off the Wall” at Bramhall Hall, Stockport (2016)
Myself and experienced poet/playwright/theatre maker Louise Wallwein were commissioned as resident artists to orchestrate a wondrous Community takeover day to celebrate the re-opening of the Tudor hall with its mysterious stories and magic spaces.

BBC Ten Pieces (2015) – Working in primary schools and primary Pupil Referral Units inspiring and enabling children to respond to the BBC’s Ten Pieces of classical music using music technology (ipads with Garageband app), movement, the schools’ musical instruments, body and vocal percussion and junk percussion. In collaboration with classical musician and animateur extraordinaire Sarah Atter and in partnership with One Education Music.

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High Peak Arts – Working as a team of artists to enable young people to compose and perform a musical theatre production around the locally based story of Blue John (2014) and 100% Wolf (2015).

Outside of the Bedroom, Modul Projects – a week long course taking place at Band on the Wall, Manchester for young laptop musicians to develop their production and live performance skills.

Radclyffe School, Oldham – Setting up recording facilities in the school and working with a selection of year 9/10 bands to record and mix their favourite cover version.

Brighter Sound – Co-facilitated soundscape and field recording sessions in the Northern Quarter as part of a “Soundroutes” project with Year 6 pupils from local schools.

The Lowry Theatre - Arranged and directed vocal group (8-11 yr olds) performing a version of Dirty Old Town. I also facilitated the performance of live movements/sounds to accompany the film by a group of young men from the Eccles Yemeni Community Association.

Bridgewater Hall - in co-ordination with co-lead artist Sarah Atter, we designed and delivered music workshops culminating in a performance at the Bridgewater Hall. Working with five diverse community groups (Bosnian refugees, young disabled people, girl guides, a gospel choir and a group of elderly ladies) around the theme of Gather Round the Piano.

Fun Drum Bus – set up, co-managed and co-delivered rhythm/noise making workshops in schools (including SEN) and community settings using junk instruments.

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