Musical Beacons

Be Creative! Make your own music! Explore Musical Instruments! Find your Voice!

Musical Beacons 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.


Lockdown saw Musical Beacons London move online and we are now pausing the programme whilst we reflect, regroup and explore our next steps in response to this learning. We are in new partnership conversations in Bristol, exploring another setting for Musical Beacons and we are launching Musical Beacons Coastal Connections in partnership with East Sussex Young Mother’s Service which will run from Summer 2020-21.


If you’d like to know more about Musical Beacons or are interested in partnership possibilities then do reach out to Gail on Many exciting plans ahead so watch this space!

Musical Beacons London will be back during the summer holidays 2020. The new version will be shared soon!

To give you a little more insight into what it’s all about, here are answers to two of our main FAQs:

  • What do you actually do?
    • Share stories and ideas to inspire new music
    • Play musical instruments
    • Sing
    • Write songs and compose music
    • Play musical games
    • Perform at local events
    • Arts Award:  Soundcastle can deliver Arts Award Explore or Bronze level as part of a Musical Beacons Project.  For more information on Arts Award click here
  • Why do we 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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