Closing the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged children
Music Service provision is under constant review, to ensure that we offer a range of opportunities across the city. At Torry and St Machar, two of our Attainment Challenge schools, the wind band programme continues to flourish with young people coming together every week to develop their musical skills and confidence. These projects are funded by the Youth Music Initiative Fund from Creative Scotland and are specifically targeted at young people who would not normally have the chance to participate take part in music-making opportunities.
We have recently begun exploring how we can offer provision to Residential Children’s Homes and we have run a trial session at Gilbert Road Children’s Home. The trial session allowed young people to learn musical patterns with drum sticks and play along to various pieces of popular music. The Music Service was invited to deliver training session at the Residential Children’s Homes Practitioners Celebration Event in December. Participants were able to develop their own skill on percussion instruments and guitar, and went away with new ideas to use in settings across the city.
Our Music Centre groups are now working intensively towards our Showcase Concerts which will be held at the Beach Ballroom on March 10th – 12th. We recently held an Open Week where young people who are not currently members of the groups, but who are interested in joining, were able to attend a trial rehearsal with their parents or carers. Following the Open Week all of our ensembles grew in size and welcomed new members from schools across the city.
The way that we engage with parents is currently under review, with different activities being run as trials across the city. These include open days, reporting evenings and mini concerts for parents. Parents are also regularly invited to sit in lessons and observe the teaching and learning that goes on. This allows them to engage with the Music Instructors and learn how to support the child with practice at home.
18 members of the Brass Band will shortly be going on a residential weekend to Cromdale Outdoor Centre in Speyside, where we will have the opportunity to rehearse intensively as well as participate in outdoor activities provided by Adventure Aberdeen. The intensive rehearsals will give us the opportunity to perfect our performance for the opening of Aberdeen Learning Festival. We hope that many of you will be attending the festival and that you will be able to enjoy the high standard of performance of this group that has been achieved through many hours of hard work.
Source: Professional Learning