The aim of the Hands Up for Trad Community Music awards is to showcase and celebrate the outstanding practice and great things going on in Scotland’s community music sector to the wider public and media.
Congratulations to Sensatronic Lab who have been nominated in the Community Music Teacher of the Year category. We asked them the following questions.
Tell us more about yourself.
Sensatronic Lab is delivered by Sense Scotland, a charity that supports disabled people and their families. The ‘labs’ are digital music making workshops for young people. The sessions are inclusive to all young people and have a targeted approach to include those who have a range of additional support needs and sensory impairments.
Through funding from Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) Sensatronic Sessions aims to increase access to our digital music sessions for young people with additional support needs and others barriers, across Scotland. The Sensatronic project builds on this foundation, embedding a participant led approach aiming to fascinate young learners and tap into their creative curiosity exploring new and innovative ways of
making music and developing music making skills.
The participants are encouraged to experiment with sound-making materials and digital hardware and combine these in improvised music making, which can lead to performance, showcasing achievements and emerging talent. Participants will use bespoke “democratic” digital instruments, designed in consultation with young people
across awhole range of need and abilities and will be encouraged to explore,
adapt, design and make their own accessible instruments.
How long have you or your group organisation been involved in this work and tell us a wee bit about how it all started?
The Sensatronic project was set up to address the lack of music making opportunities for people with a range of additional support needs. We received Initial funding from Creative Scotland’s ‘Time To Shine’,(TTS) funding stream over 2015-2016, which aimed to inspire digital creativity in young people. Now in it’s third year, through our work across Scotland, especially in areas which lack such innovative and inclusive opportunities for young people, the project has proven to be a huge success, with ongoing development, further targeted outreach and growing demand nationally.
What have you or your group/organisation got planned for the next 12 months?
8 week Programmes of sessions in ;
Live Events in Fife
Summer Sensations Festival at Glasgow TouchBase 29th June
‘Festival 18’ -Sensatronic & IndepenDANCE collaborative performance, George Square, Glasgow- 4th August
Workshops and exhibition at Dundee Science Festival- October- 2018
8 week CPD Training course for music practitioners, teachers, perts and carers- Oct 2018- March 2019
What has been the highlight of your or your group/organisation’s experience to date?
* See supporting summary report with images.
Collaborative events with KOR records at Platform Easterhouse, Live events at CCA Glasgow with community music partners, Paragon Music and other arts organisations, expanding the creative reach of the young people involved in the Sensatronic Project. For example, collaborative work with IndepenDANCE, and Scottish Ensemble, the latter with whom we are ran a one-day event in Dundee DCA in September8 week
Developing, promoting innovative ways to develop young people’s sensory integration skills, and their ability to develop meaning of sound environments.
Enhancing the independence skills with young people, using music and technology to allow participants to enjoy a sense of agency and control.
Providing opportunity for children and young people to play and experiment with musical materials to enhance their musical and expressive potential.
Providing opportunity for parents to observe responses of children, whilst connecting to music with the tutors, children spontaneously engaging and experimenting in musical conversations.
Developing young people’s abilities to share their instruments and new skills with other peers developing social interaction in musical group work, and performances.
How does it feel to be nominated for this award?
Wonderful to receive this recognition of our Sensatronic project, for our young people involved and the project team. Thankyou!
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