The role of youth music in the community
In 2006, I completed my Fellowship exploring the role of youth music in the community.
Feeling inspired and encouraged, I have since spent my time running youth music projects and working as a freelance practitioner leading music workshops for young people experiencing various challenging circumstances. I have an MA in Youth and Community Work and have always used music as my tool to build positive relationships with young people. I worked as the Torbay Project co-ordinator for the Philharmonia Orchestra's iOrchestra Project where I worked with schools and community groups to access the orchestra through digital and live routes. In the last few years I've used singing, songwriting, instrumental work and music technology in settings including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services units, pupils' referral units, young women's projects, young parent and baby projects, with young people experiencing poor health, and also with new families.
Last year I set up a community interest company, We Need Music, to create accessible music making and interactive listening opportunities aimed at connecting people, enabling creativity and expression and building self-esteem and confidence.
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