Higher Rhythm is a registered Alternative Provision on the Doncaster Local Authority framework offering a unique educational setting for young people 14 – 24.
Our alternative provision programme, Sound Station, is an exciting extra-curricular learning opportunity for young people to gain creative-industry focused accreditation, and develop transferable 21st century skills in a real recording studio setting. Sound Station provides extra-curricular learning activities for young people centring around the exciting industry of sound engineering, specifically, learning how to record and produce music in a professional recording studio (developing drive and ambition through working in real industry situations), supporting other young people to be able to do the same using the skills developed (nurturing leadership through peer to peer support and volunteering), and sharing these experiences with other young people (developing personal confidence and communications skills).
No prior experience is necessary and in 1 x 5 hour day per week over 12 weeks, young people will work towards achieving a Bronze Level, Trinity College London Arts Award.
Beyond Sound Station, the next tier of the programme, Sound Station Plus, provides the opportunity for young people to further develop their creative, digital, transferable skills, building on the practical experiences that they have been introduced to during the initial 12-week Sound Station programme. Young people will further their knowledge of recording and producing music in a professional recording studio, using pro-audio equipment to produce high-quality results. Sound Station Plus will also provide a foundation of peer-to-peer mentorship where young people will share skills developed at Higher Rhythm with new learners.
Sound Station Plus, is a 12-week provision (1 x 5 hour day per week) accredited by the Silver Arts Award, Trinity College London, evidencing measurable progression made by young people.
The scope of engagement with Higher Rhythm means there is now a genuine progression route from entering our provision as a disengaged young person through to a studying a Level 3 Diploma with us. This marks a significant departure from traditional limited term, limited scope alternative provision interventions, and importantly will equip young people with the skills and qualifications to progress to Further / Higher Education and the professional work place.