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Music Spark

Music Spark is Sage Gateshead’s community music training and work experience programme for young people and adults with additional needs. We currently work with nine volunteer participants, three of whom have attended previously on work placements from MENCAP National College Dilston, Northern Counties College and Dryden School, and have been employed by Sage Gateshead as Support Musicians. Having completed their training, the Music Spark Volunteers now deliver training to the current cohort of Advanced Trainees, as well as remaining active as community music practitioners!

The programme has two main elements; the Music Spark Traineeship and the Music Spark POD (Progression Opportunity Development)

For more information on the Music Spark Traineeship, starting in September 2018 please e-mail

Aims and Objectives

Participants are supported to:

  • lead, devise and evaluate community music activities primarily for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities
  • explore development and progression routes within the organisation.
  • develop skills and experience so they can access paid employment in a parallel with our Community Music Traineeship
  • explore and develop their confidence levels and sense of self belief
  • develop independence and confidence through training that explores diverse styles of workshops, decision making, appropriate content and choice.

Our participants
Young people and adults with additional needs

Dates and Times
Fridays 10am – 3pm in the Music Education Centre at Sage Gateshead (term time only).

Staff Team

  • Mat Sokell – Project Leader
  • Dean Moulding – Project Musician
  • Mel Pine – Project Musician
  • Sarah Fisher – Project Musician
  • Paul Martin – Accreditation Leader

The Music Spark team are keen bloggers – explore their project diary on Sage Gateshead blog

Music Spark win Best Sound and Music at North East Young Filmmaker Awards
As part of their Arts Award Explore work, Music Spark created a short film called E-Zombie. The film was shortlisted for the North East Young Filmmaker Awards and won an award for Best Sound and Music. Watch the winning film below!