Accent’s lottery funded Making Music Visual project (MMV), a 12 month cross arts project,
is arriving at its half way stage and students are beginning their preparations for the final performance in July. 3 primary and 3 secondary schools are involved in this ambitious cross-arts project which encourages creativity in composition, performance and digital art, all through the lens of British Values.
Primary students will be involved in 3 half day Digital Art workshops, to develop digital arts skills, interactive art/ ICT skills and knowledge of theatrical production. Pupils will respond to music and movement, spontaneously producing images, shapes and lines in reaction to what they see and hear.
Secondary students will be working on the composing and performing elements of the project. Through a range of instrumental, choreography and dance workshops, masterclasses, and performance development days, music students will compose an 8th movement for Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and dance students a choreographed performance.
The project will culminate in a final performance, where all three elements of composition, dance and digital art will be brought together at Parr Hall, Warrington. This project celebrates the development of a diverse Music offer, and the opportunity to build confidence in Dance, Digital Art and related activities, such as debate, poetry and events management. The Arts are
embedded in Warrington and Halton schools, but this project is needed to link the Arts and Music through the medium of Technology, embracing new artistic ideas and encouraging students to break into exploratory territory, which mirrors the feelings of the Pilgrim Fathers as they first set foot on American soil for the first time.
In addition to the performance and cross-arts element of the project, Accent aims to capture the impact of dance, art and music within schools. We will demonstrate developments in Emotional Behaviour, through evidencing a benchmarking and evaluation process and an impact paper will be produced by MMU as part of our evaluation process, and this impact paper will be distributed to all schools through targeted CPD.
MMV will develop standards of Grade 3-8 instrumental students and strategic awareness of the benefits of Music through Music Mark. It will encourage positive KS2 – KS3 transition and ensure that the profile of Dance is raised in secondary schools. MMV will be disseminated to Accent’s partners in Denmark and the Czech Republic as a model of collaboration, proving the benefit to schools of working in partnership with professional orchestras to raise