Wellbeing and the Arts

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20/09/2021

Songwriting | Fran Minney Singing Course

Songwriting is an effective tool to help release, process and express our emotions, allowing us to minimise discomfort and express relief. In this video Fran Minney teaches you the basic framework of songwriting to help you get started on your journey.

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20/09/2021

Whole Body Performance | Fran Minney Singing Course

Movement is beneficial as it provides a greater release, allows you to connect more deeply to the song and provides a more entertaining performance. In this video Fran Minney goes beyond talking about good posture and looks into how you can utilise your whole body whilst singing.

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20/09/2021

Emotions and Singing | Fran Minney Singing Course

The act of singing enables us to improve our mood through the release of 'feel-good' chemicals in the brain. This resource will help you explore different exercises to help channel your emotions into singing.

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20/09/2021

Deliberate Breathing | Fran Minney Singing Course

In this video you will learn about breathing for singing and breathing to help soothe. Fran Minney's exercises will enable you to bring your attention to breathing and apply the techniques to general life.

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20/09/2021

Posture for Singing and Self-esteem | Fran Minney Singing Course

This video will focus on the advantages of good posture in both daily life and singing. Exercises to improve posture and confidence will be explored.

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20/09/2021

Finding your Happy Place with Singing | Fran Minney Singing Course

A happy place is somewhere you can visit using your imagination to help bring you back onto a happier path whenever you are feeling low. In this video Fran Minney will help you explore your happy place and the benefits to having one.

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26/08/2021

Noriko Matsubara | Children's Author and Artist

Hear all about how Noriko's career led her across the globe and about how she ends up settling in the North East of England.  Plus, how her brave career changes as she travels, giving her a whole host of skills and great insight into the arts. Noriko is a children's author, and an artist, and she is thrilled to be telling her fabulous stories on CBeebies. Noriko tells a series of stories about her career that will inspire young people to make the most of the opportunities they are given.

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15/04/2021

Mitch Donaldson and Becky Bartram | Drama School and Acting as a Career

Mitch Donaldson and Becky Bartram tell us about their route into training as actors and in stage combat. They describe the highs and lows of an acting career, including the process of getting into Drama School and the auditioning process for getting acting work. A fascinating insight into acting as a profession.

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15/04/2021

Rosalie Epstein | Beautician and Drama School

Rosalie Epstein’s dream of being an actor took her to study drama at degree level, to Hollywood, LA to study and Lee Strasburg Theatre and Film Institute. What she also describes to us is the realisation that she preferred behind the scenes. It was the makeup that truly inspired her, and how this led to her career as a beautician. She gives lots of helpful tips and advice for how to approach and manage a career in the beauty industry.

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16/03/2021

Nathaniel J Thompson | Commercial Filmmaker and Fashion Designer

Nathaniel shares his experiences in a variety of roles. He is a commercial filmmaker, specialising in school videos. He tells us about his degree and internship as a fashion designer. He also describes working as a teaching assistant and how he had to persevere and re-sit his Maths and English Language at GCSE to truly realise his ambitions. There is lots of great advice and life lessons for young people interested in exploring their creativity.

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12/09/2021

Melanie Cant | Social Media and Web Design

Melanie tells us all about the different roles she has had in the workplace, and how she is particularly proud of how she left a full time job to set up her own business as Elm Marketing. She is now an award winning web designer who also specialises in social media marketing. Melanie is a classic example of someone who has retrained and carved a career for herself in something that when she entered the job market as a teenager, these roles did not even exist. She gives young people excellent advice about marketing and web design, and is a great example of how being adaptable and hard working can bring a great deal of success.

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12/09/2021

Fran Minney | Singer and Musician

Fran shares her journey into becoming a professional singer. She explains her particular route, the training and the professional qualifications and the sheer determination that is needed to be successful as a professional singer. We are also thrilled that Fran has written and produced a series of films for Building Self-Belief that help young people appreciate how music and musicality can support their wellbeing.

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26/04/2021

Johnny Woods | Graphic Designer and Boxing Coach

Johnny Woods has two passions in life-graphic design and boxing. He describes how his lifelong love of drawing and design has evolved into a career creating his own art company. He tells us how the world of design has changed with the development of new technology. He also describes how alongside his former career he inspires young people as their boxing coach.

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11/01/2022

Poetry

Not only does writing poetry improve your language skills, it can provide comfort and boost your mood during times of stress. Use these interactive worksheets to help express yourself and write your feelings down.

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11/01/2022

Creative Writing

Writing helps you explore your thoughts and feelings about challenging experiences. It creates the opportunity to communicate to others situations you find too difficult to say openly. Use these interactive worksheets to develop your creativity and increase your self-esteem and self-awareness.