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  Laura Loft is a South West based Music Creator, Educator, Lyricist, Author and Performer.

 

Playing piano, cello, ukulele, guitar and sings she set up BIG MUSIC and delivers music and wellbeing sessions, workshops and live performances in the South West and beyond.

MUSIC CV

"Hello my name is Laura, it's nice to meet you! Here's a little more info about me....I have been working as a Musician & Singer-Songwriter for 14 years and a Music Workshop Leader & Educator for 10 years. I founded Lofts Music Shed and led music making projects with Young People collaborating with many organisations in the South West including Plymouth Music Zone, DAISI, Exeter Phoenix & South West Music School. I have a wide experience of facilitating and delivering arts projects including Arts Awards and absolutely LOVE to work with children making music and developing their creative talents and wellbeing.

Using all these experiences I have developed work as an Arts Consultant helping schools and organisations set up their music making delivery and helping to facilitate arts projects by networking, strategic planning, sourcing funding, project managing staff and delivery plus evaluating projects after completion. I have gained experience working as Music Lead & Arts Consultant at Trinity Primary School Exeter focusing on FS/KS1 and lower KS2 where I set up the Music including WCET, Choir, Collective Worship, CPD teacher training and consulted and facilitated arts projects such as Arts Week, Big Emotions Mindful Music Day and Christmas Around The World Musical Film.

After becoming a mum, my focus moved from gigging with my band to creating Music Wellbeing Resources on my website lauraloftmusic.com such as songs as commissions for Children's Music Making Projects, Music Lesson Ideas and Books. In 2020 I wrote and self published 'Big Emotions: Mindful Music For Little People'; a creative music wellbeing resource for EYFS/KS1 3-7yr olds. This is accompanied by an audio book, instrumental soundtrack plus a schools activity pack which includes 5 originally composed songs. ​

This has developed into THE BIG MUSIC COLLECTIVE where we tour the Big Emotions Live Show plus deliver a variety of music wellbeing packages and workshops. I also work as a Lyricist for Moonbug Entertainment writing for Cocomelon & Blip (Netflix)."

“I absolutely LOVE to work with children making music and developing their creative talents and wellbeing. For me, it’s all about seeing that spark of joy that comes from being creative with music and watching confidence grow!”

MUSIC CV

Music Educator

  • Piano Music Tutor: Adult course at Brookfield School (2007).

  • Private Songwriting Tutor: one-to-one sessions (2007).

  • Eastbourne College: Songwriting & Performance Masterclass & Workshop (2012).

  • Exeter Phoenix: Young Singer Songwriter Club; Light Bulb Sessions; Arts Award Bronze Summer Sessions; Acoustica Music Workshops.

  • Plymouth Music Zone: Shekinah; Young Offenders; Refugees; Attik Dance.

  • DAISI: YMCA Exeter Music Project & Arts Award Bronze Project; National Trust Killerton & Broadcylst Girl Guides Suffrage Project.

  • South West Music School: Songwriting Feeder Workshops.

  • The Collective: Children in Care Music Project.

  • Youth Arts & Health Trust: one-to-one songwriting.

  • Trinity Primary School Exeter: Creative Consultant | Music Educator leading music making, WCET, Choir and songwriting.

  • Song 4 Us: Music Facilitator of Big Dreams Songwriting Project.

education

Music creator

  • Dartington College of Arts: Music & Performance BA Hons. (2006)

  • Session Singer: Friction Production Company, London (2006)

  • Co-songwriter for band Malaka (2006)

  • Released as a featured artist on Cafe del Sol, Spain (2007)

  • Session Singer for Sonority (2009)

  • Jazz, Blues & Soul Singer for Sheriff Bickle (2012)

  • Laura Dugmore Debut EP “J’aime La Vie” (2010)

  • Selected for Mercedes Benz Mixed Tape v35 “Blue Mood”- Featured Track “Gone” from J’aime La Vie (Oct 2010)

  • SW Tour including radio showcases on BBC Radio Devon (2010)

  • Second EP “Cardigans and Woollen Things” (2011)

  • Third Live EP “Live at Birley Centre” (2013)

  • Songwriting Project in Central America. (2014)

  • Fourth “Hush Now EP” (2016)

  • Associate Artist Exeter Phoenix Projects (2016/2017) 

  • #4TheLove: songwriting collaboration project with visual artists (2016/17)

  • Beauty Unseen: song commission + performance at Bristol Fashion Week for charity Beauty Unseen (2016)

  • EXE: Conversation Between Floods: song commission + performance for British artist Tania Kovats (2017/18)​​

  • Trinity Primary School Exeter: Songwriting Children's Values Songs. (2018 - ongoing)

  • BIG MUSIC: BIG EMOTIONS: Mindful Music For Little People (EYFS/KS1); BIG DREAMS: Imaginative Songwriting( KS1/KS2); LITTLE MUSIC MAKERS (Under 4’s) & UKULALA CLUB (KS2).

  • Moonbug Entertainment: Lyricist (current)

  • EVOLVE Libraries Unlimited: Big Dreams: Imaginative Songwriting Commission (2021)

  • GCSE Music – A* (2000).

  • A Level Music – B (2002).

  • BTEC Music – Distinction (2002).

  • BA Hons Music (Performance) - Dartington College of Arts (2006).

  • Arts Award Advisor – Bronze & Silver (2016).

  • Arts Award Advisor – Discover & Explore (2017).

  • CME Certificate for Music Educators Level 4 (2018).

instruments

  • Cello: Grades 1-7. (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

  • Piano: Grades 1-6. (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
     

  • Music Theory: Grade 5. (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

  • Self Taught Guitar, Ukulele & Singing.

  • Teach on: ukuleles, boomwhackers, untuned percussion (claves, shakers, african instruments) and tuned percussion (chimes) plus using visual and playful props for aiding the creative process such as storytelling dice, sensory items such as feathers, scarfs and bubbles.

Fully DBS checked and carry own PLI as a member of MU.

ARTS EXPERIENCE

  • Artworks Apprentice - (Southampton)

  • Nuffield Theatre - Box Office and FOH Assistant (Southampton)

  • Exeter Phoenix - Marketing Officer (Exeter)

  • Amantani UK - Communications Officer and Fundraiser (Exeter)

  • Lofts Music Shed - Founder (Exeter)

  • Trinity Primary School Exeter: Creative Arts Consultant (Exeter)

  • Music CPD delivery Primary Schools (Exeter)

  • BIG MUSIC COLLECTIVE: Producer - creator, fundraising, development, delivery (UK based)

PAST PROJECTS