August edition

We will be running our successful music production courses within the October half term school holiday. These courses equip you with the skills required to become competent using music production software and become confident in the studio. Led by experienced studio engineers who are fully DBS checked, you will also come out with a recognised accreditation from Rock School. More info to follow – watch this space! Or get in touch with us to find out more

We still have places available on our various summer courses which will take place (in person!) across Middlesbrough Town Hall and My place in Middlesbrough. Due to the limit in the number of physical places available, the courses will also be available ‘virtually’ for access to participation from home.

We have ensured that all of activities adhere to social distancing and COVID safety guidelines.

We are offering the opportunity to sign up to any of the following courses:

  • Gig school: developing band based instrumental skills (guitar, drums, keys, vocals) and playing together in a group with others. Rock and pop based musical repertoire. (Middlesbrough Town Hall, 18th – 21st August)
  • MC and Rap: Join local artist ‘Shakk’ who will support you to develop skills in creating lyrics and beats and master the art of Rap and MC. (venue to be confirmed, 18th – 21st August)
  • Songwriting: join local artist Hayley McKay who will support you to develop techniques and approaches to songwriting. (Middlesbrough Town Hall, 18th – 21st August)
  • Steel Pans: An introductory course learning how to play the steel pans in a small group. For ages 9-13. (My place, Middlesbrough, 17th, 19th and 21st August)

For more info and to sign up please check out our Facebook events or visit


MADE is a programme of work with young people, using music to address issues of equality and encourage social change through music making. This will provide opportunities for young people to learn about and explore issues that matter to them in a safe and supportive environment and using music as a tool for expression and creativity. Across the year, we will invite young people to join in with specific themes of inequality that are prevalent in society today, and use music to explore these themes.

The next MADE project will run from 29th September and will be looking at issues of Racism and racial prejudice through protest songs and songwriting. For more details and how to sign up go to

This will now be running from 29th September to 20th October and we are inviting young people to sign up now by visiting

Lockdown hasn’t stopped our young people from sharing their skills – they have been attending Musinc’s weekly open mic night online. Each Friday evening at 6pm young people can hop onto our Zoom meeting and perform to other young people and Musinc music leaders attend to support them. We would welcome any young people to join us and share their performances, it doesn’t have to be polished! And they can even join just to watch if they’d prefer. These will continue to run throughout August – Contact us for the link to join.

Learning an instrument is proven to have many wider benefits including building resilience and discipline, creating neurological pathways between ‘logical left’ and ‘emotional right’ brain, building confidence and self-efficacy, raising aspirations, emotional regulation, expression and a whole lot of other benefits.

If you work with young people any you think learning a musical instrument might work for their personal and emotional development – we have a limited amount of places available for 1:1 instrumental or vocal tuition. The tuition can be delivered either face to face in Redcar or Stockton, or online. Contact us to discuss requirements.

Professional Development

The University of York have started a survey to analyse the training routes into community music, comparing the skills learnt through different learning opportunities and the value that professional community musicians place on those learning opportunities.

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As part of Great Place Tees Valley, ARC and Thinking Practice are looking for up to 10 freelance artists and practitioners to take part in a training and skills development programme that will further equip them to measure and share the impact of their work.

The programme will use a version of the Most Significant Change (MSC) methodology, an evaluation technique rooted in reflection on stories of change and feedback.

Each artist will receive a fee of £1,100.

Deadline for applications is Monday 10th August

Click here for more info

Do you want to help more young people achieve an Arts Award qualification, or maybe you want to offer a different level?

We’ve developed three online adviser courses, tailored to the level(s) of Arts Award you want to run at your centre:

Each course includes an interactive webinar with an experienced trainer, as well as two independent learning tasks. Participants will also receive a digital Toolkit to guide them through delivering their chosen Arts Award level.

These safe, accessible and flexible online courses are currently the only way to train as an Arts Award adviser. Book training now for dates from September 2020.

Group bookings
If a small group of people from your organisation want to train together, simply book your places individually on the same online course (if sufficient spaces are available). If there are six or more of you, get in touch with us so we can help meet your training needs.

Want to know more?
The Arts Award website has everything you need to know about online adviser training, including costs, webinar dates and FAQs.

Musinc can provide bursaries to cover costs for this training. Please contact us for details.

Soundsense CPD: Music with Disabled people and young people with special education needs

15th – 22nd August (2 –part course)

This two-part Goldsmiths course will explore positive and affirmative models of disability and neuro diversity and how we can both include disabled musicians and use music to access some very real benefits

Click here for full info and booking

21st September

A free session from NYMAZ and YourSpace Music to help you to refresh and develop your skills so that you can meet the needs of your pupils, wherever they are!

Full details click here

27th September

morning of online training with experienced singing practitioners Emily Foulkes and Nicola Wydenbach

Click here for full info and booking