Employing my teaching experience 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 and simply just to have a voice. 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.
After years of kind folk helping me with questions and quandries, I am now happy to act as an advisor and 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 carry out training for teachers on using music technology to enrich their currriculum activities.
Some examples of current and previous projects:
One Education Music – music technology courses over 5 weeks in primary schools and Pupil Referral Units & training for teachers using ipads. This project has been taken on as a New Initiative by Manchester Music Hub allowing 50% subsidised cost of the course for primary schools in Greater Manchester. And you can ready an article I was invited to write about this work for International Arts Manager.
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 – Community Takeover event “Off the Wall” at Bramhall Hall, Stockport – Sept 11 2016
Myself and the experienced and full of heart poet/playwright/theatre maker Louise Wallwein were commissioned as resident artists by Let’s Go 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 Initiative – 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. Work in primary schools was in collaboration with classical musician and animateur extraordinaire Sarah Atter and in partnership with One Education Music and Let’s Go Global.
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 – a project taking place at Band on the Wall, Manchester for young laptop musicians to develop their production and live performance skills.
One Education, John Rylands Library and Delia Derbyshire Day – A 7 week music technology course pilot project in primary schools, based around the archive of Delia Derbyshire (held at John Rylands library), an early electronic music pioneer best known for creating the original Dr Who theme in 1963. The participants then create their own TV themes in groups using music technology tools (ipad and/or imac).
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.
Band on the Wall – Co-facilitated soundscape and field recording sessions in the Northern Quarter as part of a “Soundroutes” project with Year 6 pupils from local schools.
Full Circle Arts – As part of “Remix” week of arts activities, working with young people with disabilities to produce and record soundtracks for animation and explore creativity through music and music technology.
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.
Creative Partnerships – working with a puppeteer to create a puppet show with soundtrack with a group of Year 7-9 pupils on the ASD spectrum to be performed live and recorded.
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.
Drake Music – designing and delivering music technology workshops for a group of young disabled people (11-16yrs) in a SEN school. Using Ableton Live and assistive technology like switches and Soundbeam. User-led one-to-one and group training working towards a performance/recording.
Fun Drum Bus – set up, co-managed and co-delivered rhythm/noise making workshops in schools (including SEN) and community settings using junk instruments.