Musicworks Sign Up to “Sound Sense”  – Music Education Code of Practice

Musicworks Sign Up to “Sound Sense” – Music Education Code of Practice

The Music Education Code of Practice helps to ensure music practitioners provide high quality music making and learning experiences for the people they work with. The code does this by providing a set of quality statements concerning all aspects of music learning.

By adopting the code, practitioners demonstrate their commitment to quality work. By using the code as a benchmark, employers and hirers of practitioners demonstrate their commitment to requiring high-quality practice of those who work for them.

The code has been written into our Music in Care Practitioner training that we use to train musicians to lead our Heron Music Well Being Cafes.

The areas covered are:-

  • Be well prepared and organized
  • Be safe and responsible
  • Have appropriate musical skills
  • Work well with people
  • Evaluate and reflect on work
  • Commit to professional development

Full details can be found on the Sound Sense Website – https://www.soundsense.org/

 

Support Luke’s Marathon Journey

Support Luke’s Marathon Journey

On 24th September 2017 Luke Fiddes will be running the Nottingham Robin Hood Marathon in aid of Musicworks. Luke is a remarkable young man and talented musician who has been working with Musicworks on a new book that will be published in the next few months. Luke lives with Asperger’s Syndrome and the book is a heartwarming, funny and frank account of Luke’s Journey and gives a remarkable insight into some of the challenges but also the surprising benefits of living with his condition. The book also includes a self-help toolkit for all young people which is designed to help deal with the struggles of adolescence using personalized music.

“I am so excited to be running for a wonderful charity such as Musicworks. A charity that does truly amazing work through music in care for people with dementia. A charity that I am currently working with and has supported me with my musical pursuits, it is a charity very close to my heart.”

To support Luke simply follow the link below – thank you.

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My Journey in Music

Want to Get YOUR Music Out There?

Want to Get YOUR Music Out There?

tunecoreFrom the outset one of the main reasons for creating musicworks was to promote and encourage music and musicians. We aim to provide a platform for talent to reach a wider audience and to encourage new, original music to flourish. As part of this goal we are pleased to announce that we have launched a new Tunecore account.

Musicians

Any musician wishing to support musicworks who has a good quality recording of their own original music can have their work uploaded for the small cost of £5.99 per single for twelve months on our account.

musicworks will use our social media platforms and our website to promote the song. Any money raised through sales of the recording will be shared equally between the musician and musicworks for the twelve month period that it is live on the account. All intellectual property to the music remains with the musician and at the end of the year the musician can decide if they wish to renew the arrangement or not.

First Song is Out Now!

Our first song “I’ll Be There For You” written and performed by Luke Fiddes, recorded at Paper Stone Studios in Nottingham is now autism, aspergers, my journey in musicavailable on iTunes and various other platforms thanks to Tunecore. This song has been written as part of our ‘Music in Care’ series ‘My Journey in Music’ and is for young people, including those who have autism and Asperger’s, to help them navigate the challenges of adolescence with the use of personalised music.

Want to get your music out there? For more details of our Tunecore opportunities please contact us.

PRESS RELEASE – Local Charity Launch New Project for Young People with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

PRESS RELEASE – Local Charity Launch New Project for Young People with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

My Journey In Musicmusicworks have been working with an amazing young man, Luke Fiddes, on a new ‘Music in Care’ project – My Journey in Music for young people, including those who have autism and Asperger’s.

Luke has Asperger’s himself and despite the daily challenges that he faces as the consequence of this condition, he regards it as a great asset and something that has made him a better person. Luke has taught himself to play a series of instruments and now uses music to help to shape his day and to bring him “calm and control” when things start to slip or become difficult. In his role as a classroom assistant he uses music as a way to illustrate and enrich the learning process.

Working in conjunction with Luke and JoCo Learning & Development, musicworks have created a new ‘Music in Care’ toolkit – My Journey in Music. The toolkit is designed for young people, including those who have autism and Asperger’s, to help them navigate the challenges of adolescence with the use of personalised music. The project will include a book sharing Luke’s experiences, the toolkit for young people and information and activities for their carers and teachers using music.

I'll Be There For You ArtworkAs part of this project, Luke has composed a song “I’ll Be There For You” about his experiences of working with musicworks and how music has helped him. This is available to download from iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ill-be-there-for-you-single/id1140346618) with part of the proceeds going to raise money for the “Journey” project.

John Osborne, Chair and Artistic Director of musicworks said, Luke is a remarkable young man. He has such a passion for music and how it has helped him with his condition, that it was clear very quickly that we could work well together on something that fitted our current ‘Music in Care’ projects but would allow us to help a totally different group of people.”

To launch the project, Luke will be giving a live performance of his songs and speaking about how musicworks is supporting him to raise the profile of music as a powerful tool in the home and school lives of young people including those with Asperger’s and autism.

8th September 2016 – 7pm at Poppy & Pint – Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, NG2 5DX in the upstairs function room.

Although the event is FREE we will be fundraising at the event and donations to musicworks Music in Care projects will be gratefully received. Places at the event can be booked via the musicworks online shop here.

More information about how to support musicworks can be found on their website www.musicworksnet.co.uk

-ENDS-

Note to Editors

Media Contact
Kate Williams at musicworks
Telephone: 07955 016377
Email: kate.williams@musicworksnet.co.uk

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Photo/Interview Opportunity
Launch Event (invite: My Journey in Music Launch Flyer) – Luke Fiddes and John Osborne in attendance.

8th September 2016 – 7pm
Poppy & Pint (Upstairs Function Room) Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5DX

Launch of our NEW Music in Care Project

Launch of our NEW Music in Care Project

We are very excited to be launching our new Music in Care project My Journey in Music at a FREE event in Nottingham in September.

My Journey In MusicFor the last 12 months musicworks have been working with an amazing young man, Luke Fiddes, who lives with Asperger’s on My Journey in Music.

Despite the daily challenges that he faces as the consequence of this condition Luke regards it as a great asset and something that has made him a better person. He has taught himself to play a series of instruments and now uses music to help to shape his day and to bring him “calm and control” when things start to slip out of control. In his role as a classroom assistant he uses music as a way to illustrate and enrich the learning process.

Working in conjunction with musicworks we have created a new toolkit, My Journey in Music for younger adults, including those who have autism and Asperger’s, to help them navigate the challenges of adolescence with the use of personalised music.

As part of this project, Luke has composed a song about his experiences of working with musicworks and how music has helped him. This is available to download from iTunes here and is available on many other platforms. Watch the video on our YouTube channel here. Part of the proceeds are going to raise money for the “Journey” project.

Join us to meet Luke, watch his live performance of his songs and hear him speak about how musicworks is supporting him to raise the profile of music as a powerful tool in the home and school lives of young people including those with Asperger’s and autism.

8th September 2016 – 7pm
Poppy & Pint – Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford, NG2 5DX (upstairs function room)
Click HERE for more information or to book a place.

Download the event flyer here: My Journey in Music Launch Flyer (PDF 409kb)

Although the event is FREE we will be fundraising at the event and donations to musicworks Music in Care projects will be gratefully received. You can make a donation to musicworks via our BT My Donate page.

Call for Musicians

Call for Musicians

volunteermusicworks is looking for musicians who can support a new Nottingham based project designed to enrich the quality of life for people living dementia and their carers through the use of personalised music. Based on our award winning “Soundtrack to My Life” initiative and part of “Music in Care” series.

We need talented and self confident accompanists who can play piano, guitar or similar whilst singing a wide selection of songs some of which will be chosen by the group participants. Songs will be pre-prepared before sessions so it is not expected that sight reading will be essential.

The successful musicians will work alongside a group of trained volunteers who will lead the sessions with the support of facilitators. They will need to be patient, easy going and have a genuine interest in the application of personalised music in a therapeutic way to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Whilst the volunteers will be primarily responsible for working with the group participants the musicians must be prepared to interact directly with all the group participants. Knowledge of dementia is not required as training will be offered to successful musicians as part of the preparation for the course.

Group sessions will take place on week days, either in the mornings (10am to 12pm) or afternoons (2pm to 4pm), depending on the preference of the group members and will take place on a fortnightly basis.

In line with the musicworks policy of supporting musicians by ensuring the right rate for the job. We are looking to recruit a number of musicians who can work together to make sure that all group sessions have a musician to support the group work. A fee of £40 will be paid for each two hour session undertaken. This will be on a self employed basis as musicworks cannot directly employ musicians.

For further information or to submit an application please contact info@musicworksnet.co.uk.