Musicport 2010 Blog
The Musicport 2010 story
Setting the scene
Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - is at Headlands School & Community Science College with a group of 35 'A' level, GSCE, 14 media students and gifted and talented students. This project has been set up in association with Humberside Police. The students are preparing 3 pieces and a shared song that will be performed on the Musicport stage on Friday 22 October at 7pm. The students are being lead by the world music group SAMAY and three Leeds College of Music students. On Saturday 23 October, community groups from the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull and North East Lincolnshire have performance slots at Musicport there will be a Humberside Police stand showing a video of the Headlands School project. This video that has been put together by the students in just 3 days! Music4U will be tweeting throughout this project so make sure you are following us.
Comments from the Staff
Headteacher Scott Ratheram is delighted to welcome the project back into the school for the 3rd year and welcomes the Humberside Police engagement. This is a very positive thread for me, I have been at the school for 3 years and each year we have been at Musicport. It is something that we look forward to each year and is one of the highlights on the school social calendar. It's a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of our talented musicians. The students are developing as musicians as this is a great way for them to further their musical knowledge The school has a history of performing arts events and working with different cultures really important.
Music teacher at Headlands, Zoe Backhouse, said the pupils were very excited about the project. This is the 3rd year that the school has been involved in Musicport and this year 19 students at Headlands taking part in Musicport for the 1st time tonight, 13 students for the 2nd time and 3 for the 3rd time. She is really delighted that they will have the chance to explore music from different cultures.
In advance of this project the students have been on-line to find out more about SAMAY and watched YouTube video. They are particularly excited about the involvement of Leeds College of Music (LCM) students this year for the first time - Ben Danzig guitarist, Julia Turner, singer, Greg Barnes, drums.
Some of the students at Headlands are considering going applying to LCM and welcome the opportunity to find out from those who are currently attending, what it is really like. This involvement helps to raise the aspirations of young people at the school and set them off in musical direction thanks to the insight that Music4U has been able to offer.
New Opportunities for Students
Due to the relationship between Music4U and Musicport, this year, for the first time, the school have managed to secure an additional slot for 3 of their students on Sunday 24 Oct on the South Sea Stage at 4pm. They are Luke Sharples, 16, Harry Draper, 15 and Will Wiffen, 14, These musicians are playing duos and trios between using guitars, base and voice. They will be playing Flamenco, reggae and Americana. They are hoping to drum up an audience from their friends and family.
The Media Mob
This is the first time that the school has involved media students in the Musicport project to capture the process. Fourteen students from years 10 & 12 are taking part and are being led by new media expert, Mike Leigh Cooper. Mike has started his session by talking about the importance of planning before filming - he says this is where the editing process begins.
Before video cameras are set up Mike talks about the types of camera shots the group should be considering, the importance of lighting, positioning for interviews and getting enough film for the editing process. He says 'you can't get it afterwards so capture as much as you can, especially cut always which are really helpful in the editing process.
The young people have now split into groups of 4 to practice interviewing techniques and to set the scene for their films - their roles include interviewing, interviewer, camera person and sound. They will start to plan their film and later in the day will start to move around and capture the musicians in action.
Over the next 3 days the contents that they gather will be made into a short film that will be shown on the Humberside Police stand on a 60" screen at Musicport on Saturday 23 October. The film will also appear on the 'Not Just Noise' website run by the Police at www.notjustnoise.ning and the Music4U website and myspace plus Headlands School will be showing it on a screen in their school.
Nikita Spencer, 16, a media student said the project was amazing and she had learnt so much. The project had given her ideas about what she might do when leaving school using film and video.
Feedback from SAMAY and Leeds College of Music Students
Singing team led by Lorraine Cowburn - singing coach and jazz vocalist. She is working with a group and Julia Turner who has just graduated from Leeds College of Music. We have been singing lots of songs in three and four part harmonies. We have done some voice training, breathing, bonding and having fun! We have also managed to give them each a tutorial and had the opportunity to talk to them talk about career opportunities - higher education and also working in other ways. These kids are very confident; they are very present, relaxed and respectful. They are very supportive warm towards each other. It's also very unusual to have boys singing this age with such confidence and sincerity. I think the group will definitely rise to the challenge. The school has really got this formula right.
Giuliano Modarelli, guitarist said the project was very intense for the students, they have days of 5 or 6 hours constantly playing, no one has complained, if anything they wanted to play more - I couldn't stop them! The group has been very mixed ability I have created a piece with different layers - challenge more the experienced musicians and beginners simpler. They have been practising hard - there have been moments of frustration but they have overcome by hard work. The piece based on flamenco rhythm called Rumba - it is a straight forward 4/4 rhythm - very common it was based melodic and harmonic framework pre traditional. All the students will play acoustic guitars for the concert. Giuliano has really enjoyed the process. The students have very receptive, keen and appreciative. The results have been extremely impressive, much higher than expectations! In my experience this is a very special school, my experience one of the most receptive and rewarding.
Julia Turner has just finished studying at the Leeds College of Music. She is a jazz singer and has really enjoyed being part of this process. She commented it's great to do so much with the young people and then select the best bits to take with us to the performance tonight.
Jesse Bannister, lead musician from SAMAY on this project said after the performance - 'This is the best education project I have ever done! The energy level was so high, the kids were awesome and it was a fantastic experience, everyone is still buzzing!'
Jim McLaughlin, Festival Organiser,is delighted to be working with Music4U again for the 3rd year running. He was really impressed with the Headlands School performance and couldn't believe that SAMAY has only been working in the school for just three days! Great partnership work!
The local press
Press turn up to get their pictures - Hull Daily Mail and Bridlington Free Post and took their annual photographs, as usual the students were asked to hold their guitars upside down to make a good picture!
Music4U has been capturing its Musicport 2010 Education Work through its blog, on the Musicport web page - www.ncem.co.uk/musicport2010and on the Not Just Noise website at www.notjustnoise.ning.com. The film taken by the Headlands students can be watched on both of these sites and a film put together by the Music4U team will be available to watch soon. We are also on Twitter at www.twitter.com/music4uhumberso follow us and join in the conversation.
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