Into School and CARAS (May and June 2022)
We were delighted to have had the pleasure of working with two new partner organisations during the summer term 2022. Soundmix tutors delivered a total of 8 outreach music workshops with CARAS (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) in Wandsworth, and Into School in Lambeth between May and June.
Working with Into School’s girls’ group, workshops incorporated a mix of individual and group guitar and keyboard tuition, rhythm exercises and games, and song writing. The sessions were well received and provided an opportunity and safe environment for participants to explore and express their experiences through creativity.
“A huge thank you to Soundmix for facilitating such incredible workshops for the girls. They thoroughly enjoyed it and it showed me how curious the girls were about instruments. The way the sessions were facilitated were amazing! All the tutors’ were amazing with the girls and built a lovely rapport with them so easily. So, thank you again.”
– Madiha Mughal, Into School Coordinator
A special thank you to our funders Right to Thrive/GLA, without whom delivery of these workshops would not have been possible.
A clip of the song written with participants at our Into School session
For CARAS we delivered music making workshops that had a feel of flexibility and spontaneity to suit a large and changeable group. A lot of fun was had with warm up games and musical exercises, before we broke off into small groups looking at creativity with different elements of music. Bringing it all together we sang in rounds including of the groups own creations!
The young people also had a chance for instrumental tuition on keyboard, guitars and percussion instrument. Some showed off their existing instrumental skills with rapping and Latin guitar playing!
Several attendees of these sessions came over to our regular Friday Soundmix sessions to enjoy song-writing and further instrumental tuition with us.
“It’s been such a joy to work with Soundmix, the communication had been seamless and the workshops were incredible! It was clear that the young people who attended thoroughly enjoyed creating music and playing new instruments. Despite being a large group of attendees in a fairly small room, the workshops ran very smoothly and were super responsive to the young peoples’ interests”
– Youth Co-ordinator, CARAS
A clip of ‘music in the round’ from a CARAS session
The Horniman Museum (February 2022)
Participants included a group from the South London Refugee Association, visitors to the Horniman museum as well as some of Soundmix’s own online students travelling from as far as Portsmouth!
During the workshops, attendees had the opportunity to experience Soundmix instrument tuition and group music making processes, as well as handling the Horniman’s instrument artefact collection!
John Ruskin College (2011-2015)
Soundmix worked with John Ruskin College in Croydon between 2011 and 2015.
John Ruskin College in Croydon has a high proportion young refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants among their students. The extra-curricular music classes run by Soundmix at the college between 2011 and 2015 helped the young people express themselves and deal with the stress and anxiety that many young unaccompanied refugees feel.
The project was funded by The Woodward Charitable Trust and The Hilden Charitable Trust. Soundmix ran one session a week, teaching the young people instrumental skills (keyboards, guitar, or drums) or singing skills. The young people gave fantastic performances at a special concert for Refugee Week.
Band sessions were an extension project following our regular open sessions at the Refugee Council. We took a small group of regular attendees to a local rehearsal studio to experience using amplified instruments in a different environment.