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Ep 02 Dr Phil Mullen

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In this episode I talk with Dr Phil Mullen. Phil is just a giant when it comes to thinking around music education and young people's creativity. As I say in the intro, Phil demands action when he is working and he is so clear about his aims and objectives that it can feel overwhelming but he will guide you through it all.

My path crossed Phil's when I was at my lowest. I was in a rehab dealing with drug addiction and one of Phil's students from his old course in community music skills at Goldsmith's College, London came to run a workshop. Bang! I just had my lightbulb moment and it really was like a cartoon. It was sudden and very definite - I finally knew what I was going to do with my life.

I managed to enroll on this wonderful course and so began my journey into inclusive music making and inclusive arts practice.

Phil speaks so clearly and passionately about the personal, social and societal impact of music and about his aim to really develop a Musically Inclusive Pedagogy.

Phil also talks about his interest in Self Determination Theory and leaves us in no doubt as to his pedigree in leading the charge into change.


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Ep 11 Rachael Perrin and Soundcastle

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This week I am talking with Rachael Perrin from Soundcastle. Soundcastle are an amazing community music organisation, running sustained programs in community spaces, some of which are very discreet and 'Hidden'. Rachael describes this so well for us. Musical Beacons is a program for vulnerable families, often young women with children escaping from abusive situations. People's Music is a program all about adult mental health recovery. Soundcastle's work is often in gaps in current provision and is all about mental health and wellbeing.We discuss the challenges of attracting funding when much of your work, by its very nature, must remain invisible.Rachael tells us about The Soundcastle Community, an online space for community musicians to connect with other but also offering extensive training programs. Rachael describes this as a kind of online Arts centre.Soundcastle also work in sector development, consulting on inclusive practice and lots of training provision, including Mental Health First Aid.It was great to hear about Rachael's own journey into community music and her passion for the work.I was so impressed by our conversation and I raise a glass to Soundcastle's commitment to transparency in all that they do. Happily sharing their business model and all that they have gone through to get to where they are now. True community spirit.Soundcastle websiteThe Soundcastle CommunitySoundcasle LinkedIn All other social media use @SoundcastleTeamEternal GuitarsMy Links