Our music education programme aka Future Sound is for children and young people from 11 – 18 years who are facing barriers to music which include gender, race, ethnicity, lack of financial support and mental health.
We offer young people new skills and confidence through a high-quality music education programme (in school and online) in partnership with aspirational, diverse emerging professional musicians helping us to address the attainment gap and lack of equity in music.
Through participating in our programmes young people show:
• Improvement in music skills and knowledge;
• Increased interest in music;
• Improvement in transferable skills in creativity and teamwork
• An increase in confidence.
• A positive interest in choosing music as a future study/career path.
And musicians leading on our education programme will build on their experience and / or skills to deliver music education sessions virtually.
Our programme involves:
• High quality pre-recorded content that’s edited into short music tutorials made freely available on our YouTube and Instagram channels.
• Interactive music education webinars that are live streamed to our YouTube channel for free and can also be delivered in schools instead of in person sessions.
• Music workshops in schools based in deprived areas of London and Birmingham focused on composition, performance, recording and how to build a career in the music industry
• Visits to and performances at local cultural intuitions and venues to build cultural capital
• Access to high quality professionally trained performing artists diverse in gender and ethnicity
Since 2015 we have reached 10,000 young people in deprived areas with performances and 600 participants with +480-hours of participatory arts workshops in London and Birmingham in partnership with Hackney Empire, Church of Sound, Premises Studios, National Maritime Museum and THSH Birmingham.
As a result of taking part in Future Sound 2020:
• 100% of the students felt they improved their musical skills, in particular using complex rhythms, composition and aural skills
• Transferable skills were greatly improved: 88% improved their sense of creativity; 85% improved their communication skills and 94% improved their teamwork ability
• 81% reported increased confidence and 80% showed an improvement in their musical performance self-efficacy, improving resilience
• 100% of the students felt more likely to consider a career in the music industry.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Future Sound is just an amazing opportunity; it provides kind of this extracurricular provision that is just not possible in schools. And this amazing opportunity to work with professional musicians, young professional musicians who are really exciting and really inspirational. And there’s just nothing like it otherwise.”
Sophie Sayer, Head of Music, Mossbourne Community Academy.
“It’s a way to embrace who you are and it’s really fun.”
Future Sound 2020 participant
Music is really important because it’s not like other subjects, you get to be more active and you also get to explore your emotions through the music that you play.”
Future Sound 2020 participant commenting on the importance of music during their involvement in Future Sound
“They can walk away from this (project) feeling like even though I’m not where I wanna be right now in relation to my instrument, or my life there are people out there doing it so why can’t I?”
Yohan Kebede Future Sound workshop leader and member of Kokoroko
"We are planting the seeds that will blossom into something really fruitful."
Tyrone Isaac- Stuart, musician, dancer, educator
FUTURE SOUND REPORT FROM 2020
FUTURE SOUND REPORT FROM 2018