Individual stories

Case Study: Musical Mums/ Laura’s Story

Attending the weekly Musical Mums sessions has made an enormous difference to Laura. She was initially extremely shy and would not join in with the activities. Fast forward nine months and Laura is now a confident participant, who is quick to learn and feels comfortable making music with the group.

Case Study: Richmond Jam/ Leon’s Story

Leon has been involved with Richmond Jam and other music projects delivered by BlueBoxt for over three years. Now aged 17, he is developing a strong portfolio of work experience as he completes his sixth form studies.

Case Study: Get Musical/ Milly’s Story

Music activities are often not available in rural areas which limits the life opportunities open to young people. When Milly’s grandparents read about the Get Musical project in their local paper, they knew it would be perfect for her, despite living a considerable distance away.

Case Study: BlueBoxt Musical Theatre Project / Adam’s Story

Adam lives in a rural area so opportunities to be involved with music outside of the school curriculum are limited. He is a keen saxophone player, and after attending taster sessions with BlueBoxt soon wanted to join the Musical Theatre Group.

Case Study: BIG SING / Samantha’s Story

Seven-year-old Samantha attended the BIG SING project with the rest of her class. Having recently joined the school after being homeschooled, this opportunity provided her an equal setting in which to interact and form relationships with her classmates.

Case Study: Music Tots / Ella’s Story

One-year-old Ella was brought to the sessions by her mother – the family were new to the area and keen to get involved with as many new groups as possible. The mother’s main motivation for bringing Ella to Music Tots sessions was to work on her communication and language development. The mother has impaired hearing and found that she connected with Ella especially well through music and sound.

Case Study: Arts Award / Natalie’s story

Natalie is a fourteen-year-old girl based in North Yorkshire, she faces challenges relating to rural isolation and attends the pupil referral unit at her school. During 2016, Natalie worked on her Silver Arts Award and evidenced her journey throughout the year using sketchbooks, video clips and sound recordings. Live Music Now arranged for two music groups to visit the Silver Award students, the first of these was the band Bright Season who led a workshop on singing and songwriting.

Case Study: SCAMPs (Scarborough Accessible Music Project) / Jenny’s Story

The SCAMPs project brought together disabled and non-disabled young people as equals at weekly. term-time sessions. The aim was to provide fun, engaging and creative learning to a group of young people who are poorly served by other providers. The young people met to make music and forge new friendships whilst developing skills and confidence. The project also enabled participants to build a greater understanding of the world around them by becoming visible, active members of their local community.

Case Study: Musical Mums / Verity’s Story

The Musical Mums sessions comprise 45 minutes of music-making followed by 15 minutes of socialising over tea and biscuits. Musical Mums offers the opportunity for mums and babies to mix with each other in a relaxed and open environment. The informal format often leads to friendships developing outside of the sessions - a crucial element in avoiding rural isolation.

Case Study: Music for Two / Flynn’s Story

One-year-old Flynn attended Music for Two sessions on a weekly basis with his mother. Music for Two aims to provide a safe, secure environment for parents/carers and their children based in Catterick Garrison to engage in early years music provision. The focus is on developing confidence, musical knowledge, peer support/interaction, parental/carer and child bonding and increase knowledge about the benefits of music in children’s early years.

Case Study: Online Academy / Joseph’s Story

Eleven-year-old Joseph is a new starter on the guitar and faces challenges relating to special educational needs, motor skills and social isolation. The CYC Online Academy works directly with ‘hard to reach’ young people and has found that the most efficient and best way to engage them is directly via one-to-one lessons, both in person, and online via Skype, Facetime and Google Hangouts.

Case Study: RJAM (Richmond JAM) / Lauren’s Story

The RJAM project saw professional musicians lead regular jazz sessions with young people over the course of a year. The aim was for participants to develop their instrumental technique and be encouraged to lead sessions, compose their own music, gain recording experience and to perform publicly.