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Community Music and Groups



On this page: Donate · Wellbeing · Drop-In · Singing · Drumming · Songwriting · Funding · Information





We provide community music sessions across Dundee, and have raised funds to offer these at reduced rates, enabling more people to benefit.

Read more below about the music we make, and the projects we have already funded and subsidised . . .

All donations are gratefully received - and every pound will enable more community music to take place in Dundee.
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Our current focus is on music for wellbeing - with new projects across Dundee in 2024!

These projects will provide music sessions for people within the community. The sessions will help people improve their wellbeing, providing an enjoyable experience while also:
  • encouraging creative expression,
  • enhancing relationships with others and
  • enabling individuals to make choices.


  • Drop-in Music Sessions

    New: community music drop-in sessions, providing a welcoming atmosphere for people to come and sing, play music or listen.

    Weekly sessions across Dundee:

    Whitfield Eventbrite Link - click to let us know you're coming [Mon from 12.30pm]

    Lochee Eventbrite Link - click to let us know you're coming [Wed from 1pm]

    These are facilitated by community musician Ed Muirhead, who has years of experience leading music groups and sessions, plus an MSc in music therapy. They will be tailored to suit the people who come, and may include singing, drumming, songwriting, guitar, etc.







    Singing

    Songs + Music

    We lead singing and music-making sessions in homes, common rooms and community centres. We bring a guitar or accordion to accompany the music. Each session is tailored to the people taking part.



    Drumming

    Rhythms + Songs

    We lead drumming group sessions in the community: everyone sits in a circle playing their own drum. We also sing familiar songs to help keep the beat. Participants greatly enjoy these sessions, with group numbers growing since they began.



    Songwriting

    Creativity + Expression

    We run therapeutic songwriting sessions in school to help young people express themselves creatively in their own way, also learning about songwriting and music making each week.

    Over the course of a term, the sessions explore elements of songs, creating music and putting them together.

    The pictures show some of the topics covered, plus feedback from our first term, funded by our songwriters nights.





    Funding

    We have raised awareness and funds (over £1300 to date) for community music through gigs and events.

    Songwriters Nights #1/#2 funded ten 30-minute music sessions for children with additional support needs at a local primary school during Oct-Dec 2021.

    These were inclusive music-making activities, often improvised and responding to the sounds each child made. Read more here.

    Songwriters Night #3 funded six 30-minute music sessions for adults with additional support needs in the community during Feb 2022.

    These sessions involved singing songs chosen by those involved, including plenty of popular tunes by ABBA, Elvis and much more!


    Songwriters Nights #3/4 funded eight 45-minute therapeutic songwriting sessions for Dundee secondary school students during Aug-Oct 2022.

    Over the course of a term, the sessions explored elements of songs, creating music and putting them together. Read more.

    Songwriters Nights #5/6/7 funded six 1-hour music sessions for a Dundee secondary school student during Apr-May 2023.

    These sessions enabled a young person to develop their music skills, as well as having a safe creative outlet.


    Festival 2022 subsidised twelve 1-hour drumming sessions for adults during Feb-May 2023.

    These sessions brought together a large group of adults in the community to play drums, sing, and enjoy themselves!

    Festival 2022 also subsidised fifteen singing sessions for adults with additional needs during Mar-Jun 2023.

    These sessions featured favourite songs chosen by participants, who enjoyed singing solos or with a group.





    Information

    Below there are information sheets and more about our previous groups.
    If you have a request or a suggestion, please email.


    Read more about my previous experience in community music and music therapy.

    In 2018/19 we ran Better Taygether - an intergenerational singing group at The Circle in Dundee, in partnership with Better:Gen.

    This group brought together people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to sing, helping to improve their well-being and connect with others.



    The original face the music group began in 2015 at a library in Dundee, and met for several months - learning chords and songs along the way.

    People of all ages joined to make music with guitars, ukuleles, cajon, djembe, clarinet, flute & cabasa.
    The name came from fun all-age community ensemble.


    "Singing is like a celebration of oxygen."


    Some songs from the original group