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Tuesday 7 June 2016

Make music with your mobile

Young people from Southampton and the Isle of Wight will soon be able to use mobile technology to make music, after a Solent graduate helped secure a £30,000 grant from Youth Music.

The M-Tech project, which also allows young people to take part in live music performances, music composition projects and community workshops, was launched by the Southampton Music Hub.

Matthew Brombley, who graduated from Southampton Solent University’s popular music production course in 2015, was M-Tech’s project manager. He said: “We’re so excited to give young people the opportunity to create music and express themselves with the latest technology.

“Smartphones and tablets are a huge part of our lives and the M-Tech project will help young people to unlock the huge potential of these devices.”

The project will also support teachers, families, and support workers in the use of mobile technology by providing training and resources.

Matthew Bromley with Kath Page, Executive Head for Southampton and Isle of Wight Music Hubs.

Matthew added: “My experiences at Solent, and the support the University provided, have had a huge positive impact on helping to put this project together. The live project brief module on my course helped to give me the skills I needed when preparing our funding bid.”

M-Tech will start in July 2016 with five summer workshops in Southampton community centres. It’ll continue through 2017, working in partnership with schools, community centres, pupil referral units and local councils across Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

Executive Head for Southampton and Isle of Wight Music Hubs, Kath Page, said: “The benefits of learning music are well documented and have a profound effect on helping to improve attainment, achievement and confidence both in music and beyond.

“With this grant from Youth Music, we are able to bring these benefits to the young people in Southampton and the Isle of Wight who face barriers to learning due to socio-economic factors, low engagement and low investment in their area.”

Find out more about the M-Tech project by visiting their website or by taking a look at the below video.