A UNIQUE band of pupils known as the ‘Next Level’, are touring local primary schools performing to demonstrate what inclusive music making is all about.
Next Level is made up of pupils who attend Two Rivers School, a school that supports pupils aged between 11 – 19 years, with special educational needs.
The project has been set up by ‘Make Some Noise’ – one of the leading music charities in the West Midlands and a member of Tamworth Cultural Education Partnership (CEP), which offers children and young people the opportunity to aspire and achieve within the arts and culture sectors.
The aim of the Next Level project is to support young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), to progress musically and help to increase confidence both personally and socially.
Cat Crown, from Make Some Noise and CEP Chair, said: “These sessions are providing cultural opportunities for pupils and helps increase confidence for SEND pupils. Two Rivers School are delighted to give local primary schools a chance to engage in inclusive music making when the Next Level band goes on tour.
“Next Level is funded by Youth Music and builds on the success of Level Up (our previous Youth Music funded project). We are passionate about music and believe in music inspiring young people and being used as a catalyst for positive change.
“The project will support the work of young musicians with staff and music leaders, to deliver performance opportunities in the community; this will include a weekly after-school music group and a tour of at least 18 primary schools over two years performing in assemblies.”
Cllr John Chesworth, Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “Tamworth Borough Council has worked hard in partnership as a member of CEP to develop and encourage art and culture within the borough over the past few years.
“The Next Level project is an ideal opportunity for pupils to interact through performance within primary school settings, and join in with fun musical workshops that help to build strong links within the community and local schools.”