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The Creativity Project

The Creativity Project began as a programme of workshops and short courses, delivered across the York and Humber Region, designed to support young people and those who work with them in creating new music. Using the theme of 'PLACE' as a starting point, Music4U has done the following: 
  • Written pop songs with ukulele players in Goole
  • Improvised and developed new gamelan pieces with young people with special needs in York and Hull
  • Produced dubstep and electronica with special school students in Scunthorpe
  • Written rock songs and made music videos with young bands in Immingham
  • Experimented with technology and instruments in Pupil Support Units and schools across the region 

Since October 2012, over 30 new pieces have been developed through the Creativity Project. These can be heard and viewed on the Music4U Digital Musical Map .

The Creativity Project has also involved a research and learning strand. The composition, improvisation and creation processes used by each group of young musicians have been documented by the professional composers and music leaders who have facilitated sessions, in order to collect information about the ways in which young people approach making new music and the ways in which their development in this area can be best supported. 

Our learning is currently being drawn together into a report aimed at those wishing to support young people in their music making. The report will be available on the Music4U Resources page soon.