Kandu Arts Community Projects CIC
Type Of Organisation: Participatory Arts / Music
Music is integral to Kandu Arts’ way of working – We have a fully equipped music performance and recording studio (studio 19B) in Chippenham where numbers of young people through after school clubs, Youth Music programme, daily Alternative provision, and for individual projects access and explore music alongside our experienced facilitators to learn instruments, record, sing, compose original pieces and song-write, etc..
Young people with communication difficulties have demonstrated reduced anxiety and positive interactions through their participation in music (in particular, drumming).
Music is one of the most accessible and most researched mediums of art and healing. In using it the emphasis is on the soothing capacity of music and its ability to offset what may be overly technological and medical approaches to care. In particular, music has been shown to decrease anxiety. The pleasure shared by participants in the process of sharing and creating music can help to restore emotional balance as well going some way to helping with health at all ages.
Our team collectively offer experience in a mix of genres one with qualifications that include Grade 8 (theory and dual instruments) studying at Guildhall School of Music, Dartington College of the Arts, and City University with expertise LRAM teaching qualification, One with BA (hons) music, Music Production attendance at BIMM and band and touring experience, one with ex- touring and recording musician with 25 years experience working with most challenging individuals using arts based engagement, and an individual with PGCE and Dip Counselling qualifications with 25 years experience in the field, creative writing and music making experience.
What I / we help young people achieve
The sessions will encourage expression and communication, explore meaning through song, introduce instruments through improvisation and games, play music with others and experience our “engage related” experiential learning. Emotional support and mentoring is also key to this process.
The participants are supported throughout to make approaches if relevant to educational establishments and be able to continue to play and join with community music events and be signposted to further local musical and training opportunities. we also offer a host of opportunity for continued partnership working with Looked after services, youth provision, families, housing associations, social services and Wiltshire Community groups.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To learn to sing
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To develop recording /production skills
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
- To develop their wellbeing
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
Working with special needs
The environment provided is nurturing with a caring and friendly network of professionals from back grounds in education, training welfare and creative disciplines experienced in forming strong relationships with participants who have complex needs. Long term experience in delivery and work with young people with ASD, ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, Emotional and behavioural difficulties, mental health difficulties etc.
- Guitar & Bass
- Drums / percussion
- Singing / Voice
- Recording & Producing
- Piano / Keyboard
- Music Theory
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Arts Award
Musical Clusters Covered
Young people have created music for their self penned short films, created original songs, produced CDs and experienced live performance, ensemble work and vocals on singles recorded and released. (see www.kandu-arts.com) Previous feedback from Kandu Programmes that have utilised music include
“I’m learning to be organised and patient because I found writing and recording music can take time to get right” (Looked after aged 16)
“Since coming to Kandu I have learnt how to play the guitar and write songs. The first song I wrote was called ‘every cloud’, and the next was about being bullied at school. The songs are about me being bullied and watching my dad beat my mum” (educated out of school aged 15)
“I feel more confident after performing my song. I didn’t think I could in front of an audience or would be even able to play the guitar and sing at the same time” (looked after) aged 15
“Your patience and belief in me no matter how horrible I was, when everyone had given up, meant that I found the confidence to have a go and believe in myself” (excluded 17 now in work)
“The time I spent at Kandu doing music and everything else was of great benefit to me, helping me grow and learn. Everyone, including the other kids helped me gain self esteem and the confidence not to give up (excluded year 10 now returned to 6th form)
Our Training & Development
We collectively offer experience in a mix of genres one with qualifications that include Grade 8 (theory and dual instruments) studying at Guildhall School of Music, Dartington College of the Arts, and City University with expertise LRAM teaching qualification, One with BA (hons) music, Music Production attendance at BIMM and band and touring experience, one with ex- touring and recording musician with 25 years experience working with most challenging individuals using arts based engagement, and an individual with PGCE and Dip Counselling qualifications with 25 years experience in the field, creative writing and music making experience. Ongoing training in specific needs, safeguarding, CPD, etc