Musical Beacons

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The Soundcastle Musical Beacons programme is an action-research based approach to creative music making for families that supports positive mental health and wellbeing. We partner with children’s centres, care settings and housing associations to reach families who may have less access than others to creative activities. Musical Beacons is about supporting family and community connections, enabling leadership skills in children and encouraging creativity in everyone.

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Dates: Thursdays: January – 14th 21st 28th / February – 4th 11th


Time: 11am


Venue: On Zoom


Family jam sessions! Fun, playful, interactive music sessions for families with kids aged 0 – 7. Everybody joins in – explore sounds, create songs and express yourself!


Each week you will also meet a new guest musician an explore amazing musical instrument!

Please register in advance to join the call.

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Running in partnership with East Sussex Young Mother’s Service from Summer 2020-21, Musical Beacons Coastal Connections will:

  • Inspire young mothers with lived experience of homelessness to make music at home using simple, creative ideas, in order to develop confidence, communication skills and playfulness
  • Facilitate and inspire artistic activity that promotes positive mental health
  • Enhance skills to support recovery, including the delivery of Bronze Arts Award to support personal and professional development
  • Create musical legacy in both Newhaven and Eastbourne houses to support ongoing artistic activity, including the delivery of cross-sector coaching/training with ESYMS to support professional development


What do you do at Musical Beacons?

  • Share stories and ideas to write songs and compose music
  • Sing and play musical instruments
  • Play musical games
  • Perform at local events
  • Arts Award: within Musical Beacons Soundcastle can deliver Arts Award Explore or Bronze

Why do these things?  

  • Communities can make music representative of collective and local identity
  • Enhanced parent-child interaction
  • Increased confidence and wellbeing
  • Improved mental health and positive mindset
  • Development of creative, musical and communication skills
  • Raised potential for music-making in the home
  • Reduced social isolation
  • Increased community wellbeing and connectedness   
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Mary Mary Olsen,
East End Homes on Musical Beacons, Bow
“Musical Beacons plays an important part to our community and local families.We have been working with Musical Beacons for many years, the staff are very friendly and offer great quality sessions.. The sessions bring together a community, that may never have spoken to each other before, in a fun and creative way. The families continue to return year after year as the parents realise the benefits these sessions have brought, not only to their children but to themselves as they learn to communicate and understand their children better by attending these sessions. Parents have also expressed that the sessions benefit them in other ways too, as they get an opportunity to meet other families and continue to do so outside of the sessions. The children get a great opportunity to learn and play an instrument, which might not of had an opportunity to do. It has most certainly broadened the children’s vision for future music and instruments, one parent had to buy their son a violin as he was keen to learn more The children love it, the fun sounds and the laughter they share with one another as they become good friends and social people. I love the excitement of the children running into our venue and not wanting to leave at the end, what testament can I add to this? Thank you Musical Beacons, your sessions and staff are amazing and so important to our families.”
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