Sonic Arts Network has been running groundbreaking education programmes exploring sound technology since 1989. Workshops have included people of all ages and abilities from pre-school to adults.
In conjunction with local education authorities SAN has devised a range of teacher training workshops, many incorporating new music technology software specifically designed by Sonic Arts Network for making music on a PC and encapsulated on a CD-ROM called Sound Magic.
In 1997 SAN was awarded a major grant to develop models of good practice for the use of music technology in schools and the community by the European Commission as part of Huddersfield’s Creative Town Initiative. Subsequently over five thousand people have participated in education projects in schools and the community.
SAN has acted as direct consultants to the Government's Qualifications and Curriculum Agency (QCA) for its revision of the National Curriculum and has been commissioned by the British Educational and Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) to produce a book of exemplar classroom materials for key stage 3 called Sound Processing and Recording.
SAN has worked with leading venues including the South Bank Centre; the Science Museum, Symphony Hall, Birmingham; St David's Hall, Cardiff and the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Recent major projects include leading the education programme for the UK’s largest exhibition of sound art, Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery, London.
We are currently in the midst of Sonic Postcards; a unique and innovative project that aims, over the course of three years, to explore and compare the local sound environments of young people right across the UK, the impact of sound on our lives, and the possibilities for creativity through the interaction of these sounds with technology.
Year One was a massive success with 52 schools from across the UK taking part. Our second year is just beginning and we hope to develop the work we have started.