What does Musement – Sing Your Story mean?
In it’s simplest form, the word Musement itself is essentially a combination of the words music and mentoring and represents our positive youth movement, whereby young people from adverse backgrounds strive to better themselves, despite the challenges of today’s society. Muse is not only defined as a source of inspiration for a creative artist, but also means ‘to reflect deeply on a subject’, which is an integral part of our music based mentoring initiative. The ‘e’ in Musement refers to our organisational purpose ‘empowerment’ and also ‘e’ducation and ‘e’ntertainment, which we cleverly integrate to enhance ‘e’steem and ‘e’mpower young people to ‘e’levate as they ‘e’ngage in their education and life. In the literal sense, ‘Sing Your Story’ refers to singing (spoken word and other forms creative expression) to express the self, life experiences, views and opinions to educate and inspire others to engage in their education and life, igniting social consciousness in communities.
Metaphorically, ‘Sing Your Story’ refers to an individual’s power write their own destiny, turning any pain into positive outcomes and fulfilling their true potential as their true, authentic self.
What is the Mission of Musement – Sing Your Story?
Musement – Sing Your Story integrates music and mentoring to creatively improve self awareness in today’s young people, enhance social and emotional well-being and improve educational and life outcomes like no other, empowering them to fulfil their true potential and inspire spiritual, moral, social and cultural consciousness in communities – stirring societies and motivating the masses ‘The Musement Way’.
Find your tune. Find your truth. Find your true potential.
How is the programme funded?
With the common goal of raising the attainment of ‘disadvantaged’ pupils of all abilities to reach their full potential, the Musement – Sing Your Story programme is IDEAL for the allocation of PUPIL PREMIUM GRANT (PPG) AND PUPIL PREMIUM PLUS.
As an effective long term source of emotional, behavioural and literacy support, as well as music enrichment and social skills development, Musement – Sing Your Story undoubtedly meets the educational needs of children and young people (including specific needs outlined in LAC personal education plans/PEPs).
Who is the programme suitable for?
The Musement – Sing Your Story programme was designed with schools, education support settings and other children’s services in mind, for children and young people (10 – 18) from disadvantaged backgrounds (particularly but not exclusively, females from low–income families and those Looked After by the Local Authority, with an initial interest in singing, spoken word or lyric writing and/or personal development). It is suitable for young people that may be experiencing a range of social and emotional issues, including those with barriers to learning, SEN/EBD, at risk of exclusion, NEET, at risk of sexual exploitation (CSE), experiencing feelings of isolation, at risk of gang involvement, teenage mothers and those coping with transitional stages of life.
It is best suited for small groups and can also be delivered on a 1:1 and class basis.
When was Musement – Sing Your Story founded?
Musement – Sing Your Story is a new and exciting initiative, launched in just 2018 by Cylena Powell. It started from groups of ‘disadvantaged’ school girls knocking on the staffroom door during lunchtimes, asking ‘Miss Powell’ to do singing lessons with them, and here it is today, ready to make serious impact on the world.
What is musical poetry?
Singing merged with spoken word, with messages emphasised through synchronised movement – musical poetry with a twist.
Who are Musement Elite?
Musement Elite are a meticulously selected group of young MUSE–ical masters (from London schools) who perform across the UK, showcasing their vocal greatness through singing and spoken word – inspiring spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness within communities. Musement Elite are a meticulously selected group of young MUSE–ical rm across the UK, showcasing their vocal greatness through singing and sal,
What does MVA stand for?
MVA – is an acronym for Musement Vocal Academy (the word Musement itself, represents the music and mentoring elements)
MVA is also a slang abbreviation of the word ‘mother’ representing our safe, nurturing environment where young creatives thrive, developing musically, personally, socially and emotionally. ‘The home of creative youth development’.
MVA – refers to the unrivalled quality of our singing lessons (the mother of all vocal academies).
How do your sessions develop SMSC awareness?
Carefully selected thought provoking music, enables Young Creatives to reflect on self beliefs and the beliefs of others, explore real life issues that involve moral decisions, understand the impact of their actions on their own and other’s well being and compare cultural differences. Musement – Sing Your Story is dedicated to enhancing self awareness, building self–esteem and self–efficacy.
How do your sessions develop literacy?
Through music, Young Creatives develop a love of learning and read various lyrics/musical literature of varying complexity to identify a line or tune that resonates or ‘sings to them’. They write written response pieces, which are continually developed, to maximise the effectiveness of their written expression.
How do your sessions enhance confidence and social and emotional well-being?
We help Young Creatives to –
1. Accept and express their emotions – We provide a creative emotional outlet and develop key communication skills such as listening, confidence, empathy, open-mindedness and respect.
2. Live in the present (but plan for the future) – We create a fun ‘vibe filled’ environment where Young Creatives thrive and enjoy the moment, connecting with their true selves and the beauty of the world around them. We use music to help them identify and explore their goals.
3. Let go and laugh – Although our MUSE–ical environments are functional and serve a greater purpose, Young Creatives are filled with laughter and happiness as they embark on their musical journey of self–discovery.
4. Identify and live in their values – We help Young Creatives identify their true values, encouraging them to stand up, stand out and live by their values in life, in line with their inner truth.
5. Identify and apply individual strengths – We help Young Creatives explore who they truly are, what makes them unique, their strengths and weaknesses and use their stories to inspire others.
6. Focus on positive thoughts – We reinforce the power of positive thoughts and gratitude and plant an abundance of seeds of positivity to replace the negative mind hogging thoughts that consume and restrict young minds.
7. Find or further explore a passion – Whether a passion for singing, writing, spoken word etc, we connect Young Creatives with this positive exploration, connecting them with a sense of well-being through music.
8. Remove themselves from negative influences – We empower Young Creatives to stay safe and make positive life choices, removing themselves from negative influences and situations and surrounding themselves with positive sounds and people. Self–accepting and self–loving Young Creatives are given the knowledge and tools to effectively assert themselves, avoiding potentially dangerous situations such as sexual exploitation, negative health behaviours and general choices that may impact them throughout their adult life.
9. Get inspired – We inspire Young Creatives to become the best version of themselves, empowering them to inspire the masses to engage in their education and life as they sing their stories to ignite social consciousness in societies.
10. Have time for peace and reflection – We provide opportunities to relax, away from external pressures, where Young Creatives ‘muse’ (reflect/think deeply) and enjoy the magic of music.
11. Feel a sense of achievement – Young Creatives feel a sense of achievement as they perform to others, showcasing their mindsets and skill sets in impactful performances.
12. Experience alternative opportunities to shine – Young Creatives regularly experience success so that when they face failures, they can be more resilient.
13. Develop strong relationships with others – Connecting through music and heart felt discussion, Young Creatives form powerful bonds, deepened further by mindset shifts and improved spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness, reducing bullying behaviour.
14. Feel a sense of community – Young Creatives feel a sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour as part of a powerful positive youth movement,
doing things ‘THE MUSEMENT WAY’.
15. Improve SMSC awareness – We enhance their knowledge of self and the world around them, helping them to stay safe and make positive life choices.
What is ‘THE MUSEMENT WAY’?
We do things ‘THE MUSEMENT WAY’, creating a vibe filled musical safe space for young people to develop musically, personally, socially and emotionally, connecting through the power of music and heart felt discussion. It’s about people, connection, growth and community. We do things ‘THE MUSEMENT WAY’, creating a vibe filled musical safe space for young people to develop musically, personally, socially and emotionally, connecting through the power of music
What are the values and beliefs of Musement – Sing Your Story?
Young Talent and Self-expression – Expressing feelings, thoughts and ideas through music is a powerful creative emotional outlet. Young people have the right for their VOICE to be heard and the right to learn how to effectively express them.
Opportunity – Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds should have the same educational and life opportunities as their peers, regardless of their circumstance. Everyone should have the opportunity to shine.
Understanding and Awareness – Sympathetic awareness of the feelings of others is powerful and helps to form valuable connections. We value spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. Self–awareness is KEY.
Nurture – Every child and young person has the right to be cared for and protected in a safe, nurturing environment. It is important to nurture talent as unused potential is as impactful as no potential.
Growth and Personal Development – We believe in striving to become the best version of yourself, taking charge of your life and ’showing up’ in the world, making serious impact.
Love, Life and Laughter – If we immerse ourselves in self–love, it will be reflected in all we do and to those we encounter. Life is precious and our journey of self actualisation should be filled with fun, laughter and gratitude.
Optimism and the Power of Positive Thought – Mindset is magical. Our thoughts effect our feelings, which effect our behaviour, so a mindset shift has the power to transform lives.
Non–judgement – Nobody is better than anybody else. We have all been judged and can be our own worst critics. Endless negative judgements of ourselves and others is not productive. Critical thinking and the ability to recognise negative influences, situations and possible negative outcomes is the type of judgement we value.
Discovery – We value the acquisition of knowledge. Knowledge is power and can be used to help young people safe safe and make positive life choices. In order to grasp (obtain/achieve) our greatness, we must grasp (understand) our greatness through knowledge of self, breaking through the ceiling of any self limiting beliefs.
Open –mindedness – It is important to be respectful of the beliefs and views of others and open to possibilities.
Nobility – Goodness, honour, decency and integrity go along way. ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible’ Dalai Lama.
Communication and Confidence – Being able to communicate effectively is one of the most powerful social skills that you can develop in life. Confidence and self–esteem unlock endless possibilities and reduce the risk of negative outcomes.
Resilience and respect – We can be consumed by the harsh realities of life or we can bounce back with a stronger back–bone, treating others the way we would like to be treated.
Emotional (psychological, social and physical) well being – Positive well –being is vital in order to achieve your full potential and thrive in education and life.
Authenticity and Uniqueness – There is only one you. It is important to accept your beautiful differences and stay true to YOUR truth. It is ok to be different. Your story is unique to you. You are enough.
Transformation – Every being has greatness within them and the potential to change.
Inspiration – Life is so much more fulfilling when we use our talents to inspire others.
Values and Beliefs – People should live in line with their positive personal values in order to be less susceptible to negative influence and outcomes.
Education and Entertainment – Effectively integrating education and entertainment can improve educational engagement and attainment, empower young people and inspire communities.
Struggle, Support and Success – Life is a beautiful struggle, but it’s hard nonetheless. It is not a bed of roses, but who wants to spend their life asleep anyway? Struggle can be used a driving force to turn our pain into positive outcomes and with the right support (a candle looses nothing by lighting another candle), mindset and skill set, success is inevitable.
And of course, embedded in the heart of Musement – Sing Your Story, is something we value passionately, MUSIC. From the ‘bottom’, we rise, we inspire and empower, through the POWER OF MUSIC.
What are the benefits?