Soundcheck in June 2021 saw us visit 3 schools in the Wakefield district to provide over 75 students with the unique experience

We worked with rap artist Leon Rhymes who performed a dope set live, then gave the opportunity for students to write and record their own music.

Young people also learnt about the music industry from the Leon himself; in bespoke workshops, and staff from Long Division also attended to share their experience of organising live music events in Wakefield City Centre over the last 10 years.

Mrs H Le Page from Outwood Academy City Fields: “It’s helps to share creativity and give students ideas about performing and technique. They were able to develop lyrics and then consider composition ideas for a track that were given a part of. It is brilliant for students to see actual musicians and members of the music industry and learn how people can get into different roles etc.It was inspiring for everyone and it was fun!

Ava (student): “The performance was amazing – Leon is a really good rapper. It was great to be able to experience a live performance, since I haven’t really been to one before :)We made our own version of “Tougher Than”, one of Leon’s raps. It was a lot of fun – I really enjoyed making up and recording my own lyrics!”

#YoungTeam Soundcheck provides students with the experience of high energy, professional, live music event – in their very own school! 

They will also have the opportunity to write and record their own music, and learn about the music industry from artists themselves; in bespoke workshops. 

Staff from Long Division will also attend school and share their experience of organising live music events in Wakefield City Centre over the last 10 years. 

Each student who takes part will achieve an Explore Level Arts Award (Entry Level 3) accredited by Long Division Festival and Trinity College London; and will be invited to attend a celebration graduation event.  

Suitable for KS3 – 5 

Work undertaken can be:  

  • Used directly to evidence BTEC Level 2 Tech Award Music Component 1: Exploring music products and styles 
  • Used as part of teaching for all 3 GCSE Music Components, Understanding, Performing, and Composing music. 
  • Used as supporting work for Btec Level 3 or A Level Music
  • A complement to the KS3 Music National Curriculum
  • Part of an extra-curricular, reward, or intervention project

Young people produce evidence in their Long Division Logbook to show their experiences of:

  • Participating in arts activities, including a personal response about what they have learnt from taking part
  • Learning about arts organisations, artists, and their work
  • creating a piece of their own art work
  • Identification of what they have enjoyed and/or achieved, and their communication of this to others

If you are a teacher or facilitator who would like to run ‘Soundcheck’ in your setting – contact Paul on and we can arrange a visit