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Noise Academy was launched in September 2015 with backing from "The Princess Trust" and since then we have built and maintained strong relationships with many schools and organisations across the UK and wider.
We predominately work with schools but offer a wide range of programmes, workshops and private sessions to suit all occasions.
“Noise Academy has been excellent to have in school, it works really well with our pupils, ranging from primary to secondary. It is a positive experience for all the pupils involved. They look forward to their session every week and are enjoying making their own masterpieces. Noise Academy have been working with some of the most vulnerable and hard to reach pupils and they have been making success. They have been very adaptable to the needs of the pupils so they can access the Noise Academy provision”
Ash Khan, Deputy Headteacher
Sheffield Inclusion Centre
We offer a wide range of programmes, workshops and private sessions to suit everyone.
We offer a one day a week platform where students can express themselves creatively through arts like DJing, Rapping, Music Production and Beatboxing. Working with students who may previously have found adhering to school structures challenging, our sessions increase motivation to attend school; providing them with a sense of direction and passion.
Ultimately the programmes aim to empower individuals and equip them with the necessary tools and the skills required to progress further within the music industry or to simply enjoy a sense of success. The sense of success will then breed confidence which will consequently further engage students and drive academic progress and attainment.
We are extremely flexible with our timetables but a typical structure includes us working with up to 10 students individually throughout the day. At the end of a half term we usually swap students around to give others the opportunity. We provide; end of term certificates, behaviour and progress reports, an online platform where students can listen to their work and facilitation of industry standard equipment. We engage students of all ages and have experience working with children and young adults with ADD, ADHD, Autistic.
Our music production programmes offer a full introduction to Logic X. We guide through the process of composing a song covering key areas like:
MIDI and audio | VST plugins | Studio hardware | Arrangement | Colours and labels | Automation | Remixing techniques | Chords and melodies | Groove and swing | EQ | Sound effect | Mixing and mastering |
We love to use hardware as we feel that hands on music making is the way forward.
"This music isn't for followers, it's for innovators, it's truly the music of the future. It has no boundaries, no structure, it's the music of the future" JEFF MILLS
We also support rappers, evolving their literacy skills and creative writing techniques through producing self-written raps. The sessions build up to a professional recording at the end which is uploaded to Youtube and Soundcloud so they can share their masterpieces online through social media platforms.
We encourage writing in a positive way, whilst reflecting individual ideas through rap and performance. Personal and social development is encouraged through expressing thoughts and ideas through writing lyrics.
We provide all of our own industry standard equipment including Macbook pro's, beat pads, keyboards, synthesisers and a pop up recording studio suit.
We run level 1 &.2 DJ programmes covering key skills like:
Equipment set up and health and safety | Parameters | Song structures | Levels | Cueing and dropping | Transitions | Frequencies and Eq Control | Tempo and pitch | Beats and bars | Phrases | Beat matching | Music formats and Sound quality | Sound effects | Looping | Slip mode | Scratching |Rekordbox and music management
All of our equipment is Pioneer standard as we only teach on the best. We specialise in House and Techno music but encourage students to play what they like whilst introducing them to new genres. Have you heard of Tech-house?
We are very proud to be in partnership with up and coming beatboxer "Mikey beats" who delivers all of our Beatbox workshops and one to one session across the UK.
His diverse teaching styles enable him to deliver exceptional masterclasses engaging people of all ages. We believe that working together and being productive in groups help develop key skills like team building, co-operation, creativity and communication skills.
A typical workshop will usually start of with an introduction followed by a mind blowing demonstration, leading in to a short exercise to break the ice. He will then introduce students to learning the most popular vocal techniques such as the kick drum, hi hat and snare. using the "Boots and cats" technique. By participating in our beatbox sessions, students will have the chance to work in groups, create their own rhythms and perform in front of their peers, both individually and as a group.
Mikey Beats Bio...
Michael Brennan, aka Mikey Beats is a Beatboxer who has competed in the UK Beatbox championships for five successive years. He has performed at various Club events and Festivals up and down the country including Alchemy Festival, Eqinox festival, and Illusive festival. He has also performed at venues such as the O2 Academy in Islington, Brixton Jamm, and Clapham Grand. He has supported many inspirational artists such as - The Skints, Zion Train, Ed Solo and Dub Pistols, along with many other talented musicians. Mikey has been perfecting his style for over ten years and has developed and strengthened his performance being inspired by artists such as Beardyman and Dub FX to name a few
Noise Academy specialises in working alongside the specification for BTEC and GCSE music, working one to one with students bringing them right the way through to their practical examinations. We provide music teachers with text, audio and video evidence of students performances through out the process, which will contribute positively towards their final grade.
One to one sessions are the quickest way to increase your skill level. We offer Private lessons for everyone from beginner enthusiasts to experienced musicians. Get an overview of the basics at your own pace and brush up on the latest kit with us. Private Lessons can be arranged according to your schedule and customised to fit your learning needs and goals. We offer a home service or have our own private work space if you are willing to travel?
We are part of many outreach projects where we aim to inspire the next generation of musicians, provide more opportunities for music-making in the community and enable people to benefit from the therapeutic effects of music.
We facilitate a walk in music technology workshop where anyone can interact with industry standard DJ equipment, music technology toys, and meet our beatboxers who perform demo's throughout the day.
We also work closely with local music hubs to engage with schools in their area which help us target more students.
The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.
Our DJ programmes are designed for anyone wishing to fulfil their skills section of their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
Where and how we have helped and supported some of our local schools, academies and communities.
Your work is greatly appreciated at our schools
Executive Headteacher, Heritage Park & Holgate Meadows Foundation Schools
We have students queuing up to work with you! You provide an excellent service and represent good value for money
Mr B Mallinson, Principal, The Stephen Longfellow Academy
Many thanks as always for your insightful feedback. You have a great rapport with the students and it’s fantastic to see them progressing during their session with you
Hannah Flavell, The Stephen Longfellow Academy
Thank you for your hard work with all our students at the Morley Academy, we really appreciate it.
MrSharron Hook,The Morley Academy
Your input with these students is having a great impact - we are starting to see a difference in their engagement around school already
Mr C Wilcocks, Principal, Colne Valley High School
The student feedback from the sessions has been fantastic!
Warren Schofield, Head of Music, The Bruntcliffe Academy
There were some disengaged young people in your first ever cohort & l think they have shone through your programme with support & inspiration.
Principle Anne-Marie Garnett, The Bruntcliffe Academy
Joe first contacted me through the Hull Music Hub Website in Autumn 2016 and since then we have grown an extremely effective partnership between the Hull Music Hub and Noise Academy.
Sean Miller, Music Service, Coordinator Hull Music Hub
The Noise Academy team have a very unique way of engaging with young people. Their advanced skills in music technology are the basis of their fun and accessible drop-in workshops, giving participants the opportunity to learn new DJ skills, quicker than ever before. The equipment used always impresses our audiences and this level of quality is demonstrated through everything the company offer. Every time we collaborate with Noise Academy, they have new ideas for development and are able to adapt to any event brief, space and audience demographic - overall a really great company that we are excited to continue working with!
Michael Woodhall, Producer, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
We have always preferred a personal approach, we feel it’s essential to arrange a preliminary face to face meeting so that both parties are familiar with who they are working with. We thrive of building strong relationships with clients, teachers and students and aim to be as cohesive as possible.