In recent years we’ve expanded outreach provision considerably by taking our music making into the community; fostering new creative partnerships with local schools; and inviting schools to engage with our busy schedule of performances here at the University. We work with hundreds of children a year and our work is underpinned by a framework of engaging and immersive learning activities targeted at all key stages, using the full scope of our musical genres and our many in-house ensembles.
Concerts and the Curriculum - Arts Award Gold
Arts Award Gold gives students UCAS points to work on University of Sheffield Concerts projects. We are currently working with students from Sheffield High School for Girls, where students receive formal mentoring from Department of Music students and staff, and develop individual projects to develop their skills as musicians, research the challenges of music and the arts in contermporary society, and develop their skills as arts administrators and music managers.
Sound Laboratory - Computer Music
4 primary schools and 150 school children across the city combined in a groundbreaking project to create new contemporary electronic music. Pupils learned how to record and manipulate sounds using iPads, use technology in professional sound studios, and work with electro acoustic composers to form new compositions and perform them in live 3D sound.
Concerts and the Curriculum - Pop Music
We've recently worked with students from Parkwood Academy where students from the Department of Music have formed a new pop band and visited Parkwood to workshop their pop music compositions for their GCSE composition Students offered advice and mentoring, allowing the Parkwood students to see and hear their pieces played by live musicians and recorded in our Sound Studios.
Sheffield Carol Countdown
We worked with 150 children from Firs Hill, Hucklow, Fir Vale and Bradfield Dungworth Primary Schools on our Sheffield Carol Countdown project. The project explored the Christmas carolling tradition unique to Sheffield across, and culminated in a performance and social media video series. Check out the series of videos on our YouTube channel.
The civil rights movement without its music would have been like a bird without its wings...
The role of music in the American Civil Rights Movement was an important one. Songs helped lift spirits and tell the story of the most powerful movement for social justice. Music kept the movement moving!
We teamed up with our School of English, Sheffield High School Junior Department, Prince Edward Primary School and Norfolk Community Primary School to explore resiliance, resistance, and song. The culmination of this project was a performance at Firth Hall. 150 children came to the University for the day to perform their new compositions alongside our Jazz Band.