What a joy to be able to provide a short end of school year Beat Buddies Music update to the MEPG membership.I hope that you are all keeping well…and busy! It’s certainly been a busy year here at Beat Buddies, and I continue to be honoured and blessed by the support and belief extended by the MEPG and extended creative partnership communities. Thank you all very much.
Since the time of my last newsletter update in 2022, I am delighted and proud to share that Beat Buddies Music now features within the service provider frameworks of 10 Scottish local authorities. During the course of school year 2022/23 we have delivered quality inclusive music-making experiences to 3300 children and young people. I have been touched by the level of positive and praising feedback received from our partner schools, project participants and local authorities – one West Partnership primary school referenced Beat Buddies Music activities as being “a game-changer for creativity and music-making in their school“. Of equal power and relevance have been the countless acknowledgements from the children and young people themselves stating the level of enjoyment they gain from their Beat Buddies Music sessions.
Beat Buddies Music is really proud of our strong partnership link with Creative Scotland through the Youth Music Initiative, and it has been an honour to be selected as the annual case study project for both local authorities we deliver YMI activities for. I was also delighted to catch up with and provide a presentation session to many colleagues at the wonderful YMI Anniversary event in Renfrew earlier this year.
It has been so rewarding to see the music education sector recover and return to (almost) where it was pre-Covid. What a journey for all involved, and what a test of resilience and belief for organisations and music services to bounce back with such gusto. To stand in front of, and direct, three whole-school Beat Buddies Music performances (200 pupils per performance) last week provided a real sense and feeling of being back to ‘normal’. Having a large, praising and real life audience of parents and community members in attendance provided the cherry on top of the icing on the cake. Here’s to many more marvellous musical occasions during 2023/24!
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy summer.