For the last 14 months Global Music Visions C.I.C. has been working with SoCo Music Project, as part of the Sonic Explorers Project, funded by Youth Music. We have been working with visually impaired pupils from different year groups at Toynbee School, in Chandler’s Ford. These weekly after school sessions have encouraged the pupils to express themselves through music, build friendships and have fun.
Activities have included working as a group, and as individuals to write lyrics and compose music, record and edit their work using a combination of computer music software and real instruments. One of the songs was composed and recorded when they visited Hightown Studio for the day. All had great fun.
The project culminated in the production of an 11-track album on CD, which was a mixture of both group and individual songs. They were each presented with a copy of the CD to take away at the final session. It was our way as a team to say thank you to everyone who had taken part on this project, and the hard work that had been undertaken by all who attended.
Bringing together pupils from different year groups with different abilities has enabled the development of social skills within the group, and increased individual self-confidence. It has been great being able to see these students develop positively throughout this project. Thank you for making us feel so welcome, and for your lovely gifts.