Project information

AC Academy CHOIRS 2015

In 2015, AC Academy wants to create 30 new choirs in primary and secondary schools, and train 30 teachers specialist choral leadership and motivation skills. This will help numeracy and literacy for more than 5,000 children and young people, and ensure many more are reached every year thereafter.

March 2015 - February 2016

Charity information: Armonico Consort Limited

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  • Need

    Need

    Our project addresses significant gaps in provision of free performing arts activity, which are a vital component to increasing personal, social, emotional and educational skills in both primary and secondary school age groups, and a proven vehicle to facilitate learning across the curriculum. Our project will reach deprived schools in London and the West Midlands. All the schools involved have very limited provision for singing, an activity which anyone can take part in, enjoy and benefit from

    Solution

    Our programme of Choir Creation not only reaches children but trains teachers, ensuring an enduring legacy is left at each school. Through their newly learnt choir leadership and motivation skills, teachers will engage with new pupils every year, reaching more and more as time goes on. Therefore, our initial investment in a Choir Creation programme at a school means many more children benefit from this activity well after our direct contact, creating a new generation of singing enthusiasts.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reach children with limited or no opportunity to access participatory performing arts.

    Activities

    » To deliver a Choir Creation programme at 30 primary and secondary schools in London and the West Midlands.

    Reaching 5000 children and young people from 30 different schools, and demonstrate changes in their learning and communication skills as a result of our activities.


    Aim 2

    To train teachers in specialist choral leadership and motivation techniques.

    Activities

    » To deliver a Choir Creation programme at 30 primary and secondary schools in London and the West Midlands.

    Reaching 30 teachers from 30 different schools, and demonstrate changes in their choral leadership skills as a result of our activities.


    Aim 3

    To create a new generation of music and singing enthusiasts.

    Activities

    » To deliver a Choir Creation programme which makes singing and music part of children’s every-day lives.

    Reaching children over a multiple-visit programme, and demonstrate changes in their attitude to singing as an every-day and enjoyable activity.


    Aim 4

    To embed singing into the routine of every school involved.

    Activities

    » To deliver a Choir Creation programme which makes singing part of the school time-table, and a regular activity.

    Reaching teachers over a multiple-visit programme, and demonstrate changes in their attitude to singing as a vital tool to increasing pupils' personal, social, educational skills.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our project increases the pool of school teachers who through leading choirs can develop children and young people’s opportunities to succeed and fulfil their potential, by making singing and music a big part of their lives. Our programme of training teachers ensures an enduring legacy is left at each school, which can reach and benefit more and more children over time. Our programme also changes schools’ attitudes to singing making it a higher priority.

    Risk

    Getting schools with little or no engagement with the arts to work with us is a risk to our project. However, our experience in working with schools directly over the last 13 years has provided us with convincing evaluation of successful outcomes from our performing arts activities. Additionally, we work closely with local Music Education Hubs which can further facilitate communication with schools if necessary.

    Reporting

    Regular social media briefings and updates will be posted as the project progresses. Different methods of feedback will also be adopted, including practitioner logs and professional development reports, and teacher and pupils logs and multi-sensory questionnaires, providing evaluation indicators.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £145,770

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      Amount Heading Description
      £84,000 Choir workshops Artistic fees for practitioners
      £24,000 Travel Travel costs for practitioners
      £12,000 Mentoring Artistic fees for mentoring
      £25,770 Managment Management and workshop material costs
  • Background

    Location

    All the schools involved have a particularly high level of pupils from deprived communities. These suffer from economic difficulties, high unemployment, poor health, high cultural diversity through immigration with problems resulting from often more than 50 languages being spoken in any one area, high levels of unconventional family units with many parents and carers being addicted to drugs and alcohol, and high levels of children in foster homes or in care.

    Beneficiaries

    The children and young people who will be involved in the project, will have had little or no access to participatory performing arts activities, and the benefits this brings. The teachers trained through the project are also key beneficiaries, as they will be taught specialised techniques and skills which will enhance their abilities to influence the lives of many thousands of children and young people through simple and yet effective music and singing programmes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 2001, Armonico Consort has built a participatory creative learning programme, AC Academy, which engages more than 15,000 children and young people annually in different projects. These activities take place across the UK, and in particular in London and the West Midlands. We therefore have a wealth of experience in delivering high quality performing arts workshops and securing successful outcomes, and our non-audition policy, ensures access and the benefits participating brings, for all.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Christopher Monks

    Christopher is the driving force of Armonico Consort, and is dedicated to providing beneficial performing arts activities.

    Gabriella Lynn

    Gabriella is Armonico Consort’s Education Manager, and co-ordinates all of the organisation’s outreach and choral leadership training.

    Heulwen Phillips

    Heulwen is Armonico Consort’s Development Manager, and drives the fund-raising strategy for the organisation.

    Sian Dorward

    Sian is Armonico Consort’s Donor Development Officer, and is dedicated to opening up philanthropic opportunities to our beneficial education work.

Armonico Consort's AC Academy Choirs

Armonico Consort's AC Academy Choirs

£100

Will pay for 3 children's places in a new choir

The choir has just picked up my confidence and maybe I'll grow to be a singer or songwriter

Eve Copper