Producer, DJ and Grime artist Swifta Beater mentors young musicians at The Petchey Academy

Producer, DJ and Grime artist Swifta Beater mentors young musicians at The Petchey Academy

Earlier this week, producer, DJ and Grime artist Swift Beater paid a visit to the academy to run a mentoring session with GCSE music students.

Having started off himself originally using a PlayStation to create his music, Swift Beater demonstrated some of his work to the students before giving them some advice and tips for using technology to produce their own music.

The Year 9 students are all studying GCSE music and are already accomplished musicians with more traditional instruments, the GCSE music curriculum requires them to study, create and perform music of a variety of genres.

The mentoring session is part of an exciting Barbican initiative called Barbican Box Music aimed at inspiring musical collaboration in class. This year's project called Life Rewired aims to reconnect the classroom with the young people's world outside of school and will encourage everyone to rethink the perception of their immediate surroundings.  

Students will have the chance to work with some of the best musicians, composers and sound engineers from London’s Barbican, including:
        •the prestigious conservatoire; Guildhall School of Music and Drama
        •the leading manufacturers of software and hardware for computer based music making and DJing
        •Native Instruments, a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer based music making and DJing.

Students will work with their mentors to create their own music before performing at the Barbican itself.

Miss Philippa Hardiman, Lead in Music at The Petchey Academy said "Swifta Beater was really engaging to work with and students were genuinely excited to have him as a mentor for this project. Being able to bring a contemporary musician in to the classroom and work with latest technology to create music really helps to inspire students and change the perception of music as a GCSE subject."

The Petchey Academy also works with the Barbican on another of their "Box" projects for drama in which students create their own original piece of theatre and perform at the Barbican.