Musica have been running workshops at the Just So Festival since 2010 – the video above is taken from the 2015 festival and shows three hours of workshop activity condensed down to a few seconds and is an excellent example of how Musica work with young people.
Musica’s objective is to promote maintain and advance the creative education of the public; This is done through participation in creative activities, in particular music, to improve the self-esteem wellbeing and life chances of people of all ages who are disadvantaged by personal circumstances such as disability, ill health, poverty or isolation.
Musica is a specialist company devoted to creative learning using music as its medium as well as the arts. The workshop leaders have extensive experience working with a wide range of clients including Pupil Referral Units, Mental Health, Education (Primary, High Schools, Further Education Institutions), Physically Disabled, Prisons, Young Offenders, Children’s Homes, Extended Schools and Festivals.
What are the benefits?
For some people learning can be difficult and by using music as a medium it enables access to learning for those who find the mainstream school curriculum does not fit or suit their needs. For Children in or out of the school system, (or attending PRU’s etc..) creative development improves learning and progress in all subjects and areas.
The act of playing music or engaging in artistic pursuits releases natural chemicals into the body which creates a natural high and a more positive outlook.
For those attending mainstream schools the chance to do something new and different with music and the arts. Learning those important life and interpersonal skills that are in ever increasing demand when entering the field of work.
A chance to find out about yourself and your colleagues outside of the work environment with everyone on the same footing and without the usual hierarchy of business. Working as a team to achieve your collective goals.
Music is a great way of increasing confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem. The feeling of accomplishment very often for the first time only has a positive impact on someone’s life.
A chance to improve cognitive co-ordination and movement through the medium of music and the arts.