Soundtracks is a stimulating music-making programme designed to give children in special schools the opportunity for active participation. Our specialist musicians adapt their approach to suit the needs of children/young people and staff in each school, leading a creative musical process where pupils and staff work together to produce high quality performances and/or recordings.
Our musicians are experts at involving all children, whatever their abilities. The programme includes structured learning and support for teachers, providing the skills and confidence to use music in the classroom.
Soundtracks musicians use a wide range of composition techniques, instruments and visual stimuli to create work with children and staff. Previous projects have included:
- Composing music for film
- Making music from the natural environment
- Developing compositions based around machines
- Making music based on stories and myths
You can see some Soundtracks video clips here.
We offer three main models of work:
- One day taster workshops
- Five day creative projects
- Extended music development projects
Schools have access to support materials and advice, and we have a wealth of ideas to help with music-making on our resources pages.
I think over the two years, our staff have grown in their confidence and realised that you don’t have to be an expert musician to deliver music-making to children. I think it’s changed the culture, not only during the project, but I’m very confident it will be sustainable into the future. Now we live and breathe music and we enjoy doing it.
Michael Thompson, Head Teacher, Hexham Priory School
If you would like to find out more about the Soundtracks programme please get in touch with our Director of Soundtracks, Britta Koerber.