This project has three main strands, which have come from the feedback we received when consulting with young people on their enjoyment of group singing and instrumentals lessons during The BIG Tour and BIG Album Project, and from a new partnership established with The Music Box, a state of the art facility within Broomhouse, which is seeking to engage further with the local community:
1. The BIG Sing:
Regular singing opportunities over 12 months for up to 60 children aged 5 - 18 and their families. This takes the form of three discrete singing groups of up to 20 children: Junior Primary, Senior Primary and Secondary Choirs. In each group there will be 10 weekly singing opportunities during each school term in 2009, with special events including:
2. Monday Night Is Music Night
Regular music making opportunities for up to 36 children aged 10 - 18, with 10 weeks of tuition in guitar, keyboards and drums/percussion (one block of 12 children per term) during the school terms. This would allow development for those young people who began learning instruments during The BIG Tour and BIG Album Project, with opportunities for beginners and intermediate learners.
3. The BIG Studio
Opportunities for 8 young people aged 15 - 18 to learn studio-recording techniques from an industry professional. This block would take place over 10 weeks of one school term, using facilities in The Music Box, Stevenson College, Edinburgh.
For the young people involved, the outcomes will be increased confidence, motivation, self-discipline, emotional and social wellbeing, and development of their singing, rehearsing, performing and recording skills. The project will contribute to the participating young people's social, educational and creative development.
In total, the project will offer opportunities for up to 243 young people. There will be spaces for up to 104 young people from Broomhouse and the surrounding areas - 20 in each of the three choirs, 36 in music making and 8 in The BIG Studio. Additionally, we intend to maintain links with the songwriting network established in The BIG Tour and BIG Album Project by incorporating the songs of young people from Livingston, Broomhouse and Ardnamurchan & Morvern into the repertoire of the choirs, and by encouraging the participation of these young songwriters in special scratch choir events and as audience members for performances. We will offer opportunities for up to 120 additional young people over 4 scratch choir events in2009/10.
The second stage, where young people in Broomhouse, Livingston and Strontian will all take part in intensive Songwriting Workshops in each of the three locations across Scotland.
Collaboration and communication between the young people will be supported by an interactive songwriting forum provided by www.burnsong.com. The young people in each area will work towards a local performance of their songs, backed by a band of professional musicians including Karine Polwart, Mattie Foulds and Future Pilot AKA and supported by four young Music Trainees from Broomhouse.
In Broomhouse, the BIG Gig will take place at The Music Box, Stevenson College at 7pm on Friday 15th August 2008. The BIG Gig will be part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and a limited number of tickets are available to interested members of the public, at £10. Tickets can be purchased from www.edfringe.com.
Recordings from this and the other two gigs on The BIG Tour will be used to create a compilation entitled The BIG Album, which will be launched in Edinburgh on Saturday 4th October.
Here are some works in progress from young songwriters who are taking part in the BIG Tour and BIG Album Project.
Ryan - Don't Put Me Down (The BIG Project, Broomhouse)
Hannah - Falling (West Lothian Youth Action Project, Livingston)
Kerry - Believe In Yourself (The Sunart Centre, The Highland Council, Strontian)
Come back soon to hear the final recordings of these and other songs, performed live at The BIG Gig with a full band of professional musicians!
The Curriculum for Excellence challenges schools to identify opportunities to support the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Increasingly in Scotland, the enhancement of mental health within schools is being prioritised, and in particular, resilience is being identified as an important capacity in optimising the future development of successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.
"Creating Confident Kids", a resource for developing nursery and primary school pupils' emotional and social competence, (currently under development as part of City Of Edinburgh Council's "Growing Confidence" project), aims to help children manage life and learning more effectively, with a whole-school community approach.
The GROW Project was designed to complement this initiative, with group work programmes for referred children who require support above and beyond the whole-school approach to resilience, optimism and wellbeing.
The GROW Project set out to enhance the emotional resilience, optimism and wellbeing of referred primary pupils, through programmes delivered, in or out of school, by community based youth projects across Edinburgh. Five Edinburgh-based voluntary organisations worked in partnership in planning, delivering and evaluating The GROW Project, which has been undertaken by pupils in thirteen primary schools across the city.
After the completion of the Programme, referrers were asked to identify areas of development for the referred child. Here are a selection of their responses:
Comments from parents/carers about the project have included: