In addition to its college base in Enfield, SoundSkool hosts outreach programmes providing free workshops and courses across London, often in collaboration with housing estates, youth clubs, charities, colleges and schools.
Our informal taster sessions allow young people to meet the tutors and try our professional music equipment, with the option of signing up for more in-depth courses, which are offered locally and free of charge.
For example, on the historically troubled Stonegrove estate in Edgware, we have delivered on-site workshops and accredited ten-week courses in Music Production and Music & Performance for young residents. The students produced their own music tracks, directed promotional videos, earned certificates and successfully performed live on stage to entertain the local community.
Other outreach assignments have included taster sessions at Grahame Park’s “Urban Games”, a community-run sporting event for young people that is supported by Barnet Homes, Barnet Football Club and the borough’s mayor. SoundSkool also hosted “National Youth Music Week”, an Arts Council and National Lottery funded project at the Mill Hill Music Complex, where we have taught several ten-week certificate courses.
One of SoundSkool’s most successful outreach tools has been occasional use of a double-decker bus equipped with music technology, DJ’ing and music performance activities. We drove the bus to housing estates, community centres, colleges, schools and pupil referral units for hugely popular special events. Hundreds of visitors to the bus were able to take part in SoundSkool taster sessions, produce their own music and perform live with microphones. Guests were also free to create original t-shirts, hats and audio CDs to take away. The double-decker bus is no longer in service, but we are looking to purchase our own outreach vehicle as part of our ‘Future Outreach Expansion Strategy’.
Other events include SoundSkool’s participation in “The Challenge” with the National Citizen Service (NCS) in Enfield and Colindale. During the year, we also provided workshops on music performance and production for Skills Training UK in Wembley.
Finally working with our long term partners Community Focus is always a great pleasure for us. CF are a specialist disability charity with a huge passion for music. We have delivered numerous accredited and unaccredited music programmes that have been a huge success with young people making amazing music and developing new musical skills.
View SoundSkool Community Projects below.
Partnership with the RAF Museum in Colindale January 15, 2018
Fast forward to January 2018 and SoundSkool is back in the community! We are re-launching our community arm this year with a project delivered in partnership with the RAF Museum in Colindale.
Stonegrove Youth Club December 15, 2012
Stonegrove Youth Club - We were asked again by the Stonegrove Youth Club to return again to deliver another music production short course on the estate.
SoundSkool and Community Focus June 15, 2012
SoundSkool and Community Focus have been working together since we were established in 2008.
Ltd ltd April 15, 2012
Ltd ltd were so amazingly kind and decided that they love SoundSkool so much they wanted to sponsor a programme for young people.
SoundSkool with Barnet College January 15, 2012
Barnet College approached us to come in during students lunchtimes over a 3 month period to provide music enrichment sessions.
SoundSkool partnered with DV8 December 15, 2011
SoundSkool partnered with DV8 Training to deliver SoundSkool on a double decker bus!
The Urban Gamez August 15, 2011
The Urban Gamez was a new event started by Barnet Homes and Nutmeg based in the London Borough of Barnet.
Stonegrove Youth Club May 15, 2011
We were asked again by the Stonegrove Youth Club to return again to deliver another music production short course on the estate.
The Pavillon Study Centre (PRU) January 15, 2011
The Pavillon Study Centre (PRU) in Whetstone approached us to ask if we could put together a small music programme for their students.
Stonegrove Youth Club and MET Police November 15, 2010
We were asked by the Stonegrove Youth Club and MET Police to complete some music production workshops on the Stonegrove Estate in Edgware.
Barnet Homes June 15, 2010
We went down to the Grahame Park Community Centre, working with our partners Barnet Homes,