SINGING AND SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS

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SINGING AND SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS        آزادی

 

Since 2016 Samia has delivered workshops to women’s groups including Southall Black Sisters in London, Angelou Centre in Newcastle and many others in between. 

Samia’s workshops are accessible, friendly, fun and empowering but nobody has to sing! 

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‘I was inspired by the story and presentation’ participant 

She starts by sharing some of her songs in Urdu and English, carefully translating if necessary. Samia’s songs  are based on her own experiences of coming from a Pakistani, Muslim background, growing up as an immigrant in the UK, and about her personal journey to freedom  AZAADI - آزادی 

Samia gives participants the skills and tools to begin writing their own words, in their own languages, in a safe and supported atmosphere. We end by perhaps sharing some of the work produced, though nobody has to share anything. Often there will be a lively discussion about the issues and a talk about the future. Remember - nobody has to sing! 

‘This session filled me with hope power and strength' participant     

‘I can honestly say we have never heard such positive feedback about a workshop'   Pam Saleem Ashiana Network London

Listen below to one participant above finding her voice in a recent workshop at Angelou Women's Centre, Newcastle

Samia Malik’s Singing and Songwriting Workshops 2022. FOR VENUES - A printable poster for the Singing and Songwriting Workshops 766 KB

 

SINGING WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN

Samia’s primary workshops are suitable from ages 4 to 12 and are based on Classical Indian Music and Songs. Activities include exploring Indian instruments, such as the tanpura, harmonium and tabla, working with simple and extended vocal exercises based on Raag (scale) and Taal (rhythm) as well as learning Classical and Bollywood songs. 

 

TO BOOK A SESSION OR DISCUSS OPTIONS FOR YOUR SETTING PLEASE CONTACT SAMIA 

  

'Thank you so much for coming to our school to work with the children. Your calm and affirming manner with the children really helped them to understand your culture and heritage. You worked really inclusively with them thoroughly involving them in the activities that you had planned. Your work was totally appropriate for all ages in our school from Nursery through to Year 2.'  Nick Southgate Headteacher - Caister Infant and Nursery School Norfolk

  

Samia’s popular and accessible workshops are linked to the National Curriculum and support schools to fulfil both Ofsted’s SMSC requirements and Global Learning objectives. For each full day of workshops, Samia will provide resources to ensure the sessions can be embedded within the curriculum.  

  

‘Samia’s workshops were the perfect combination of information and activity – she even managed to keep our Reception and Nursery children enthralled and engaged'  Primary Headteacher in Norwich 

  

'Thoroughly enjoyable - the children learned so much and left singing!’  Year 6 teacher 

  

‘I have had the best day of my life!’  10 year old workshop participant 

  

‘It was brilliant - can we do it again?’  Student in Year 1

 

SINGING AND SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

Samia's workshops for students from 12 to 18 years old are based on teaching songwriting skills and exploring visual art in a safe and supported environment. She has worked with all groups and abilities of students including vulnerable groups such as refugees and asylum seekers. Samia worked for a number of years with Norfolk County Council, leading their Secondary Advisory team on working with new arrivals of all ages in local schools.

TO BOOK A SESSION OR DISCUSS OPTIONS FOR YOUR SETTING PLEASE CONTACT SAMIA 

'Samia’s way of working promotes understanding, builds confidence and increases self-esteem. It will help our young people to know each other.’ 

David Shepperd, Norfolk County Council’s former Senior Advisor on Equalities  

 

 'Samia provided a professional and engaging session in which all pupils were made to feel comfortable in the composition and sharing of protest songs. Global issues were explored in a sensitive and thought provoking fashion leading to the production of quality writing. Great fun!” 

P. Norris, English Teacher and Literacy Coordinator, Taverham High School, Norfolk 

 

'Really impressive workshop session. The students were totally focussed and I could see how much Samia achieved in a short time.'  

Kaja Holloway, Manager of Norfolk Education and Action for Development  

 

'An excellent presentation assembly for Black History Month with very relevant  context for Cultural Diversity in Norfolk. Our students were able to share other young people's experiences and take away some really positive messages.'  

Deputy head of a large North Norwich high school

 

FINDING A VOICE - Young arrivals in Norfolk tell their stories 

Finding A Voice, a Heritage Lottery funded project initiated by Samia Malik in 2009 in partnership with Norfolk County Council Arts in Education, The English Language Support Service, Norfolk Records Office and local schools. In this year long project Samia worked with young arrivals to Norwich, including refugees and asylum seekers, to explore their experiences and heritages through music, text, visual art and dance. 

Here are some of the videos produced by the young participants: