Raw Sounds is the mental health programme at Raw Material. In our high quality music studios, we deliver collaborative music making workshops with options for live music, studio recording, music production and DJing. We run three ten-week terms a year, starting in January, April and September, culminating in an end of term gig where participants have the opportunity to share their work in a commercial music venue. Participants who have been accepted onto the Raw Sounds programme can attend for as many terms as they choose, during which they can access the workshops listed below. No musical experience is necessary to engage in our programme, though new participants may benefit from attending our additional instrument tuition and vocal training groups. We also facilitate 'in-reach' workshops on hospital wards across South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
We run evening workshops for young people aged 16 - 30 as well as an afternoon session for ages 31 - 65. Our music studios and rehearsal spaces are split across three floors, and participants are able to engage with different areas of music making.
AGES 31 - 65
2pm - 4pm
AGES 16 - 30
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Learn how to play musical instruments, compose lyrics and create songs finished to a high standard
Write and record your tracks alongside our industry professional music producers in our fully equipped recording studios
Learn how to create your own original music using Logic Pro with Apple Mac systems
Learn how to DJ and record your own mixes using CDJs, turntables and Serato Scratch Live
Develop your performance skills with the opportunity to perform live at local venues
Instrument sessions take place in small groups, and are aimed at beginners to intermediate players wishing to develop their skills and pick up some music theory. Participants are able to come to more than one session, and we encourage regular attendance.
WANT TO ATTEND?
Raw Sounds is a free service, available to those currently accessing mental health services. Participants must be referred by their mental health team, ideally by their Care Coordinator. Please fill in a referral form to refer a participant and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The form will be reviewed by the Raw Sounds Programme Managers, who may contact the Care Coordinator to query any aspects of the risk assessment. Suitable referrals will then be contacted by the team and invited to a project visit.
Raw Sounds IN REACH is a programme of the music and creative participatory sessions on mental health hospital wards in the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust region. Taking place with our highly mobile music facilities, led by professional musicians and facilitated by talented peer mentors, Raw Sounds IN REACH provides music experiences in a positive and inclusive atmosphere. Participants are able to work with experienced and skillful musicians to play, record and create original music directly, with participants fully engaged in the process. Our staff are professional musicians experienced in working in hospitals and the community with mental health clients, and finding ways to encourage engagement and motivation.
The IN REACH team includes a DJ, a vocalist / lyricist and a peer mentor. Each session is inclusive and participatory - patients are encouraged to engage by both joining in vocally and working alongside staff using a variety of equipment - from drum machines, DJ decks, audio controllers and music software on a laptop, to more traditional gear such as guitars, microphones, hand drums and percussion.
Our key aims are as follows:
- To provide therapeutic activities that are relevant, inclusive and accessible to people living in hospitals.
- To grow participants' confidence and agency through collaborative music making.
- To give a taster of the Raw Sounds community programme, encouraging engagement with services during leave and upon discharge.
We are currently in receipt of funding to deliver monthly workshops at eight wards across SLaM. Wards wishing to purchase a workshop can view prices in our brochure below.