Being an alternative education provider, it’s important that our curriculum stimulates our learners and helps them progress to the best of their individual abilities. Music is proven to increase a young person’s engagement, as well as improve emotional development, mental health and concentration levels in the classroom.
Progress Schools Northamptonshire, including both our Northampton and Thrapston sites, have been participating in a Bronze Arts Award in Music Technology over the past few months. This award is a level 1 qualification open to young people aged 11 to 25, making it a great opportunity for our students to gain new skills and pursue their personal interests.
A huge success story so far from this award surrounds one student from our Thrapston School, Eden. Matt Harvey, who has been visiting each school once a week to provide this course, said ‘Eden started the course a week later than the rest of the group, but due to her excellent enthusiasm and work rate she has managed to catch up with her classmates in a short space of time’.
‘Eden has previously attended singing lessons and dance school so has a great appreciation for different forms of art, but this is her first experience of digital music production. She has picked things up very quickly, and the level of work produced so far is of a really good standard.’
Last week saw learners attend a local studio where each group produced a track and accompanying vocals. The trip was a great success with the whole group really looking forward to hearing the finished product.
Music is just one of the many vocational subjects we offer at Progress Schools, with our subject range expanding across this year to include things such as Animal Welfare, Travel and Tourism and Road Safety.
Stay tuned on our social media platforms in the coming months to follow the remainder of their course, including a trip to Northampton’s Roadmender to perform!