We run music workshops where people with learning disabilities can learn rock band instruments, write lyrics and songs, produce electronic music, DJ, record their music and play in a band. The achievements of our learners are incredible, ranging from small, daily accomplishments – learning a new instrument, improving speech patterns, becoming a confident part of the group – to bigger successes, such as recording a professional album and live performances at the Leadmill and Tramlines Festival.
Our music workshops run four days a week, from 10am til 3pm, 45 weeks a year. They are led by our experienced music tutors, who hold PTLLS qualifications and are DBS checked. Our tutors have developed innovative jamming, rhythm and tuning techniques tailored towards musicians with additional needs; this approach coupled with an understanding of ‘what’s hot’ and musically stimulating for our learners has created outstanding new pieces of work and has empowered our learners both within and outside of the workshops.
Our Music Technology expert has developed innovative workshop techniques using a mixture of tactile vintage synthesizers and the most current technology (e.g. iPads) to enable non-traditional musicians and physically impaired learners to create original contemporary electronic music. Those who cannot communicate find a way to express themselves through music, unlocking their ‘voice’, sometimes for the first time.
Our specialist knowledge and techniques bring music to life in a way learners have not experienced before, and we pride ourselves on the fact that everybody can participate in our sessions and improve their musical skills. Our learners also have the opportunity to complete an NCFE entry level qualification. This type of activity is simply not on offer elsewhere. To get an idea of how our learners feel about our workshops, check out this video:
Our learners love to perform in public and we give them every opportunity to do so. These performances have given our learners a huge confidence boost, but they also build bridges with the local community, who discover how much our learners have to offer. The video below follows the Stars Band to a recent gig they played as part of a cultural festival in Doncaster, and gives a really good idea of what our bands can achieve. Our music workshops cost £45 a session. If you would like to find out more, please contact us for a chat and to arrange a free taster session.