MAC Makes Music

Schools and Pupil Referral Units

MAC Makes Music creates bespoke music-making opportunities to be delivered by our Music Leaders in schools and centres across the region. Our aim is to address barriers in music education and to influence the development of progression routes. Our creative approach to music-making is child-centred and focused on musical, personal and social outcomes for the young person. Sessions often include improvisation, composition, leading a group, music technology, performing and recording their own music. 

Pupil Referral Units

Through our partnerships with City of Birmingham Schools (COBS), we regularly work with children and young people who are at risk of, or who have, been excluded from school. We provide music-making sessions at both Primary and Secondary Pupil Referral Units, that are designed with the young people, based on their needs, interests and experiences. They have the opportunity to explore their favourite genres of music and use familiar resources such as iPads and downloadable apps.

“When the project first started there was a sense of competitiveness amongst the group. They'd never want to share what they'd worked on, but now you see the group interacting with each other with such questions as ‘what you working on? Can I have a listen?’ It’s the sense of unity and collaboration that has increased.” 

Teacher in a PRU

Primary and Special Schools

We also work in partnership with Primary Schools to offer an alternative approach to music-making, engaging children with additional social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. Our musicians work with the school to identify children who might benefit from an inclusive and creative approach to music, and offer 1 to 1s or small group sessions depending on the needs of the children. 

Solihull Music Service has also commissioned us to deliver our bespoke music offer to various Primary Schools in the area. This is called the BEATS Music Programme, led by musician and Primary SEMH specialist, Ann Jones.

“Children who normally would not participate in lessons suddenly become fully engaged and leave every session smiling.”  

- Class Teacher

What are the benefits?

In addition to learning a range of musical skills, the impact of music making:

- Encourages young people to share, take turns and work together

- Develops communication and co-ordination skills

- Provides a positive outlet for expression

Builds confidence and self-efficacy, and enables personal development

- Raises aspirations

- Enables young people to take the lead and make choices 

MAC is also a registered Arts Award Centre and in the past we have supported many young people to complete their qualification. 

If you are interested in discussing potential opportunities for your pupils, then please contact us on 0121 446 3222 or