LCoM has donated 32 iMacs to the local community, in a bid to put unused stock to good use. The iMacs will help improve the music learning facilities on offer at a Leeds-based charity and three Yorkshire schools.
Two iMacs have been donated to Inkwell Arts, an enterprise that supports individuals who are struggling with their mental health to engage in creative media activities. Since receiving the iMacs, the Inkwell Arts Media Team has created three animations, two promotional films and six digital craft cafes.
The charity reported that since the donation, they have generated an income to sustain the charity, worked with over 60 people struggling with their mental health, and promoted their services, gaining new clients as a result.
Applefields School is a special school for secondary and post-16 aged students with a wide range of learning difficulties, who live in York and the surrounding areas of North Yorkshire and the East Riding.
The 10 donated iMacs will be used to create both a low-level music studio offering Garageband and Audacity, and also a media lab. The school’s new head teacher aims to make the school a hub for the local community, allowing the facilities to also be used by community groups.
Andy Kemp, Head of PMLD at Applefields School, said; “We are hoping that by using Garageband we can have an accessible tool to create and record music and sounds.” He also said that the large screens now available “will be of great benefit, particularly to those with visual impairments and/or other sensory needs.”
Royds High School and Brigshaw High School and Language College also received 10 iMacs each. The donation to Brigshaw High School has helped the music department to allocate one iMac per student, following a rise in the number of students taking GCSE music.
The availability of this technology has contributed to “improvement in the standard of work produced at GCSE and A Level” said Mrs Walker, Subject Lead for Music.