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The Creativity Project

Click the thumbnail above to view the Creative Music Making Report online or download from the link below
Music4U Creativity Project Report 2014.pdf

The Creativity Project was a collaboration between the NCEM's Music4U  programme and partners in York, Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. The project started as a series of workshops and short courses, delivered across the York and Humber Region, designed to support young people and those who work with them in creating new music. Nine groups of young people were established in communities where engagement in music is low. Each group was supported by an experienced music leader, who offered the young people access to a breadth of musical styles, genres and instruments. The young people were invited to compose new music, which responded to the theme of 'place'. In total, more than 100 young people aged 11-18 were given the opportunity to work with professional musicians and composers to learn the skills and gain the confidence they needed to create their own music. Over 30 original pieces were created, all of which can be listened to online via the  Music4U Digital Musical Map , including:
  • Pop songs composed by ukulele players in Goole;
  • Gamelan pieces improvised by young people in York and Hull;
  • Dubstep and electronica produced by special school students in Scunthorpe;
  • Rock songs (and accompanying music videos) created by young bands in Immingham;
  • Experimental blends of technology and acoustic instruments from Pupil Support Units and schools across the region.

The Creativity Project also involved a research and learning strand. The composition, improvisation and creation processes used by each group of young musicians have been documented by the professional composers and music leaders who facilitated sessions, in order to collect information about the ways in which young people approach making new music and the ways in which their development in this area can be best supported. Experiences showed that young people respond well when they are given time, space and freedom to explore their creativity, either individually or in groups. The project also showed that exposure to new music and instruments widened the young's people appreciation and ability to create their own music. All learning from this research has been drawn together into the 'Creative Music Making' report above, aimed at those wishing to support young people in their music making.

To read the press release click here .

The Creativity Project was supported by the National Foundation for Youth Music, Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, and York Arts Education.