We have a responsibility to reach out to young people and involve them in celebrating the diversity of our society.
2011 saw the launch of our Youth, Education and Outreach Programme which aims to combat homophobia in schools through music. The programme was made possible by a grant from the Derek Butler Trust.
Our school workshops kick off with a fun and engaging vocal warm up activity which may include tongue twisters, singing or rhythm games and movement activities to get the body relaxed and ready for singing!
The main focus then shifts to the teaching of a small number of uplifting songs for performance, normally including choreography.
LGMC members are invited to the musical workshops to help encourage the students by singing alongside the group. We can include an opportunity for a Q&A session with our members too if the school wishes. The key message we promote is respect for all, regardless of background.
The workshop would ideally culminate in a performance of the songs at an assembly or after school show or event.
Workshops are led by our music team, who are all qualified teachers. They are expert in keeping their learners engaged in a fun and exciting way – after all they need to keep the attention of 200 chatty gay men for 3 hours at rehearsal on a Monday evening!
For a flavour of one of our education projects view this video of our ‘Untold Stories’ project with Riverside School.
Why not invite the LGMC to teach your students a song or choreography as part of a school assembly?
For example, we taught pupils the moves to ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ during a school assembly at Dalmain Primary School and are looking forward to visiting the school again to teach them another song!
Other Recent Projects
We continued to support Petchey Academy during their diversity week. We also piloted an education partnership project with Stonewall and the Museum of London. Students at Swanlea school learned about the history of diversity and equality in London and the importance of accepting everyone and celebrating difference.
As part of this, the LGMC supported students to learn a song to perform as part of a celebration assembly. In the new academic year we will be repeating this project with another school.
Work with us!
We’re looking for schools and organisations interested in educating and inspiring through music. We are available to help groups fundraise at many different types of events and to work with all types of organisations – not just those that are specifically LGBT focused. As several of our members are qualified teachers, we would be happy to host an event at your school or organisation.
If you are interested in participating in our programme, please contact our Trustee for Youth, Education and Outreach. Finally, if homophobia is affecting you, or someone you know, please contact us and we can help find the right support network for you.