Since September 2015, Serious have been working in partnership with Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) in Leeds and Brighouse to pilot Pass It On, a unique music education programme, which aims to develop the musical ability of young people in PRUs and support the development of their personal and social skills through positive music-making experiences.
The Pass it On programme, funded by Youth Music and Serious Trust, has seen world-class artists from a variety of musical genres share their expertise with both primary and secondary PRU students, facilitated by musician Dave Kane.
'The programme you delivered was quite frankly amazing and at times emotional.'
Over the project’s duration, seven musicians including Dave Kane, Chris Sharkey, Corey Mwamba, Alice Zawadzki, Joost Hendrickx, Oliver Dover, TESTAMENT and Richard Ormrod delivered over 20 sessions in each school, introducing the participants to a range of musical styles and music-making approaches with each musician creating a piece of musical composition with the participants.
Debra Wilson, Head Teacher, said 'It was about broadening the curriculum, it was about offering them experiences of working with different people. A lot of our children lead very narrow lives in terms of their experiences. It’s one type of food, one type of music, etc. I knew that the pupils would get a broader range of activity and I knew they’d be mixing with people they wouldn’t normally mix with'
'This work develops educational needs on a deep level. For that moment in a group setting, each student is listened to, and able to contribute; they interact with each other and with new people, and that is a fundamental social skill that is difficult to learn in formalised, academic session' (Artist)