From September 2015, Serious worked 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 success and impact of this trial has led to a 2017/18 edition of the project, this time working this time in a primary school in Bradford alongside the two Pupil Referral Units.
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 both editions of the project, participants have worked with numerous artists including Dave Kane, Chris Sharkey, Corey Mwamba, Alice Zawadzki, Joost Hendrickx, Oliver Dover, TESTAMENT, Emily Levy, Soeeto Kinch and Richard Ormrod, 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.
Speaking of the 2015 edition of Pass it On 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)