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Social enterprise specialising in music & creative projects based in Edinburgh and the lothians


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Social enterprise specialising in music & creative projects based in Edinburgh and the lothians


welcome to Heavy sound

'cHANGIng lives through music'

Midlothian & East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards Winner 2018 - Commitment to Developing Young People Midlothian & East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards Finalist & Highly Commended 2018 - Community Impact

 Our organisation was established to offer more engaging and alternative forms of music and arts based activities which are able to meet the needs and interests of all. We deliver these using a range of equipment and techniques to reach and include people. The approaches we use are designed to encourage participation of typically non-performers, to build strengths , develop skills and overcome barriers.

We specialise in delivering music projects for young people who are at-risk, in areas of multiple deprivation, are disengaged and who have experienced trauma. Our projects incorporate the use of electronic music production and sound engineering to create a range of genres, Rapping, creative writing, recording and much much more! All of our programmes are jam packed with personal development and learning opportunities through hands on experience and mentoring.

The Heavy Sound and Howdenhall School Music project 2016. 

Engaging Creativity


The programmes and services we offer are bespoke, and can be altered or adapted to suit any individual, group or organisation and  run throughout the lothians and beyond.Our activities include: Music, hip hop, rapping, creative writing, graphic design, film and video, soundbeam, vibroacoustics, recording and more

Engaging Creativity


The programmes and services we offer are bespoke, and can be altered or adapted to suit any individual, group or organisation and  run throughout the lothians and beyond.Our activities include: Music, hip hop, rapping, creative writing, graphic design, film and video, soundbeam, vibroacoustics, recording and more

our Activities

 

Music Projects:

We offer young people aged 13-25 years the opportunity to engage in our unique approaches to development and learning.  Through creative learning activities, we deliver projects exploring challenges faced by participants, re-engaging them and improving confidence and self-worth.  We work closely with target groups to tackle social issues including attainment, inequality, bullying, the importance of positive role models, risky behaviors, offending, wellbeing, health issues including chronic health problems and mental health issues, drug and alcohol misuse, learning difficulties and additional support needs, disability, and homelessness.  

Projects are typically delivered once a week between 8 -12 weeks and offer ongoing engagement and support for young people thereafter. We also offer specially tailored programmes for working with young people one-one where group work activities might not possible.

Our activities include;

  • Helping to engage with peers and tutors and focusing on building self-esteem and confidence to express emotions through music and productive work. Through engaging in collaborative activities, this element of the project aims to enhance a sense of belonging and create purpose in life. The project components include: electronic and instrumental music production, creative writing and recording. Other themes such as hip hop and rap, graphic design and art, vocal coaching, DJ and scratch tutorials as well as sound engineering and recording in a professional recording studio. 
  • Focus on using innovative technology and electronic instruments found in mainstream studios, creative writing and storytelling through poetry, rapping and song as well as a recording process captured both on site and in recording studios. Participants produce and develop their own, original creative materials and are free to choose their own preferred method of learning and expression. They will work individually and collaboratively to create an Soundtrack of their own choice influencing its design and delivery, as well as being responsible for producing the album, creating the graphic art work and titling.  

We are building towards delivering SQA accredited courses to participants in music/sound production, skills for work, wellbeing and positive futures. We currently track participants to National 4 Music Technology level using National Qualification frameworks and outcomes. As a result of the projects, some participants are be offered volunteering and employment opportunities with Heavy Sound, others are supported into further education, training and employment. 

Soundbeam and Vibrocoustics

Soundbeam is an award-winning 'touch free' device which uses sensor technology to translate body movement into music and sound. It gives children and adults the opportunity, regardless of their impairments or disabilities, to play music, tell stories and express themselves. 

The projects and services we offer are bespoke, and can be altered or adapted to suit any individual, group or organisation and run throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians and beyond.

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Projects & Music


Heavy Sound have delivered music and arts projects in a numbers of settings. Theses include communities, schools given special and secure status, visitor centre's, mainstream education and on behalf of local authorities and other organisations. 

Projects & Music


Heavy Sound have delivered music and arts projects in a numbers of settings. Theses include communities, schools given special and secure status, visitor centre's, mainstream education and on behalf of local authorities and other organisations. 

Engaging Creativity

Heavy Sound have delivered music and arts projects in a numbers of settings. Theses include communities, schools given special and secure status, visitor centre's, mainstream education and on behalf of local authorities and other organisations. 

By creating a relaxed and stimulating environment, we work with people as partners in learning to support them into new experiences. Our programmes create opportunities for equal opportunities and innovative inclusion. They are designed to support wellbeing through personal development, alternative approaches to education/literacy and learning new skills for life and employment.

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Press


Press


Some of Scotland’s most troubled children, many of whom have experienced trauma, are having their lives turned around by having the opportunity to learn music through Hip-Hop and Rap.
— Chris McCall - The Scotsman

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