Thanks to money received from the Places Foundation Impact Fund, the Sound Space music project has been giving our customers a new lease of life in recent months.

The project was set up to provide people like Pauline with an opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument from the comfort of their homes through free online lessons from professional musicians, tailored to meet individual needs. 

Pauline Beaty (69) lives in older person’s housing in Roslin and because of disability is unable to get out and about as much as she would like. Championing the project, she said: 

 “I found out about Sound Space at one of our tenant’s forums, and it has made a huge difference to me. It has helped me to achieve a big dream. I hadn’t played the piano before because we couldn’t afford lessons when I was younger, and I couldn’t believe it when I found out I could have lessons for free. I invested in an electric piano and my tutor Angeliki emails me a link for lessons over the internet. The tutors are really friendly and encouraging.

“Learning to play the piano has given me a real boost in life. I can’t walk without support; I have heart failure and I’m blind in one eye. If an old crock like me can learn, anyone can. I started from scratch and at nearly 70 years old, I’m learning to read music for the first time. I can already play a lullaby by Brahms with both hands and my aim is to learn to play tunes where people can sing along.

“Because I’m disabled my time is usually spent looking out of the window, listening to the radio or reading, so I love that I have found something challenging and physical I can do. When I get to the end of a piece of music, and it sounds like a tune I have a real sense of achievement. I feel so much more alive.” 

Places Foundation is an independent charitable organisation that provides grants and social investment to ‘improve the lives of people and communities that have experienced disadvantage and are furthest from the labour market’. 

 

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