The ‘Choo Choo Quack Quack’ blog post

Sitting at a train station taking recordings
One of our recordings included going on a train. Everybody really enjoyed it and we recorded some good sounds, fast trains, the train driver speaking and the aeroplanes going over head whilst we waited at the station

For the Creativity@Work project, staff and students at Sense@Keech have been getting very musical of late. They’ve recently teamed up with Matt Lewis and a new music therapist Alex to widen the types of projects they do and what fun they had! Leyanne from the service, with help from Asif, one of the centre’s students, tells us about what they got up to:

Our music project began with ‘Matt the music man’ (a nickname given by one of our students to Matt) after he kindly asked Sense@Keech to take part in the ‘No Such Thing As Empty Space’ project. This project saw us learning how to use Matt’s recording equipment and then going out and about around the community and our building to see what sounds we could record. On one trip we went to a train station, another to a local park to record ducks and we visited the Dunstable Downs (hills nearby where it is always windy!)

We were lucky enough to go to the opening night of Matt’s project and it was so much fun trying to guess which bits we had contributed to!

Person sits with mic recording the sounds of the park
Recording the sounds of the park

Asif, one of the students who worked on the project said: “It was a good project, I liked playing the keyboard with Matt the music man, and we went on a trip on the train which was good. The train goes choo choo woo woo! We went to the park and record using the microphone, lorries, buses, squeaky cars and ducks quack quack!”


Another part of our project took place in-house at Sense@Keech. The staff and students had decided that our music sessions needed a little refreshment and so we enlisted the services of a local music therapist Alex. Alex now visits us once a week and has built up really good relationships with students and staff. For the first time, and down to Alex’s intensive interaction approach, students who have previously not been interested or chose not to take part in music sessions before are now joining in, singing, playing and having a great time!

Great news for Sense@Keech who have sought a new musical direction. Come back to find out more from other groups around Sense!

Author: Kara Jarrold

Kara is Head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense. She leads on arts projects that find ways to empower people to find their cultural voice, working collaboratively and experimentally with artists and participants to improve access to art through the senses.

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