Major to Minor: Workshops help Wakefield students create unique music at the National Coal Mining Museum for England

The Education Team at the National Coal Mining Museum for England and staff from Wakefield Music Hub are working in partnership to deliver an innovative Arts Award music project on 25 and 26 June 2015.

Year 6 pupils from schools in Horbury will spend two days immersed in coal mining heritage and music activities, including a folk music session underground, mining machine junk percussion and a digital music workshop using ipads. Pupils will also explore the Museum collections and take part in role play activities to inspire a ukulele song writing session.

This partnership project has been created to develop music skills in a museum setting and also to support pupils’ transition into secondary school. Pupils taking part in the two-day programme will be working towards Arts Award Discover with children receiving certificates and recognition at the end of the workshops.

The project will culminate with a performance at the Museum on Friday 2.30pm, with some pupils also performing their work at the Museum’s annual event the Miners’ Gala on Sunday 28 June.

Pupils from Highfield School in Wakefield recently visited the Museum as part of a local history project and have since been working with their teacher Jackie Craig and Music teacher from Wakefield Music Hub, Nick Parkes on an iPad orchestra music project. Pupils have used sampled sounds from underground to create a unique piece of music that will be performed at the National Festival of Music for Youth at the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire on 8 July following a previous performance at the Wakefield Music Services Hubalaboo at Wakefield Theatre Royal on 20 May.

 For information about the Museum, visit or call 01924 848806.

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