Sounding Out young Borderers

The Scottish Borders Youth Music Forum held a workshop entitled "The Origins of Music-The Note and Scale" in the Volunteer Hall in Duns last Saturday.Pictured here are Sophie Thomson and her dad Robert along with Ken Chernoff who is a committee member of TJ Arts. Picture by Joe Payne.
The Scottish Borders Youth Music Forum held a workshop entitled "The Origins of Music-The Note and Scale" in the Volunteer Hall in Duns last Saturday.Pictured here are Sophie Thomson and her dad Robert along with Ken Chernoff who is a committee member of TJ Arts. Picture by Joe Payne.

The Scottish Borders Youth Music Forum (SBYMF) is conducting a research project to find out more about what music means to young people in the region.

The Sounding Out project has been commissioned in partnership with YouthBorders and the Arts Development team at Scottish Borders Council (SBC) to investigate the music interests young people have and find out what would make it easier for them to become more involved in music making.

Also playing a key role in the project is Creative Options, a firm of consultants who specialise in working with arts organisations and the voluntary sector. Their input includes mapping out the range of music activities and resources available for young people in the Scottish Borders and identifying what and where any gaps exist. They will be talking to voluntary sector organisations, formal education and informal youth music providers, music instructors, venues and community centres.

An online survey has also been created.

Bill Muir, SBYMF founder and chairman said: “This research is a comprehensive and exciting piece of work with the early mapping already showing that there is a wealth of youth music activity happening in the Borders. One of the longer term is to build up a network which will enable music professionals and practitioners to access training, share ideas and best practice and build up expertise.

“We also want to make it easier for all young people to get involved in music making and experience for themselves how their lives can be enriched by doing so. Involving and consulting with them through this research project is vital so we can shape our future plans to deliver a service that they want to be part of.”

Garry Churchill, lead consultant at Creative Options said: “We are impressed with the huge range of music options available in the Borders and know that lots of children and young people are regularly involved in playing or singing.

“The area is rich in musical traditions and there are great opportunities. But we also want to understand what young people think, what the gaps are and who may be missing out.

“To help us do that, I encourage anyone who has an interest in music for young people in the Borders to complete the online survey.”