Neto’s work experience at London Music Masters
LMM is a charity organisation that gives children opportunities to learn an instrument. They also work with famous artists and give kids the chance to perform flash-mobs and see orchestras play in well-known places. LMM even gives children a chance to play in those places like the Royal Festival Hall. They have helped me to develop new skills which allowed me to learn loads of new instruments. For example, before I joined LMM, I could only sing and play drums which I had been doing since I was two and a half years old in Portugal. But then when I came to England aged six, I managed to catch up on the things other students learned in Year one, two and three in just four months, thanks to their great teaching and the extra hours they put in.
Before I came to LMM for work experience, I didn’t really know what they actually did apart from organising events and paying teachers to teach kids how to play the violin! However, I have now realised how much work and effort goes on behind the scenes, and I am really grateful for the number of opportunities they have given me.
After I left primary school, the new skills I learned with LMM helped me to learn how to play piano, bass, guitar, steel pans and most of the percussion instruments on my own. And they didn’t forget about me after I left, they actually called me to join the #LMMAlumni which has given me so many opportunities, like playing in Parliament!
On my first day of work experience I was so nervous to walk into the office because I thought they would be serious and intimidating but, as soon as I walked in, the room was filled with joy. It started with a great welcoming and straight after that they showed me to my desk, and then took me upstairs for my first meeting. Daf, the Projects and Partnerships Manager, explained to me how the schedule for the next two weeks would be and I got straight to work.
I went to the office to work on the projects with the team and then I went to St Mary’s Bryanston Square Primary School (one of the six LMM Partner Schools) and I helped Sarah (one of the violin teachers) out with the lessons and clearing the rooms out. Afterwards, we went outside to talk to the parents and she used my story when speaking about the work of LMM.
I helped the team out in the office, and I contributed my ideas for the workshops. After that, Daf and I went to Ashmole Primary School (another one of their schools) to help the Year 1 group get the right-sized violins. It was really interesting as I got to experience what it is like to help little kids and teach them how to use violins.
I went to the LMM office today and we had a meeting about how we can show the world LMM’s impact on my life. After that, I was lucky enough to be able to go to King’s Place and have a meeting with all of the LMM teachers. I got to meet all of my primary school teachers which was really nice. We talked about how they can help teach kids with disabilities and how they can make the child feel just as involved, no matter what disability he or she has. This meant a lot to me because I’ve been dealing with my diagnosis for four years now and it hasn’t been the easiest thing, to say the least.
When I was diagnosed with epilepsy I struggled to do so many basic things like reading and even just staying awake the whole day because of the amount of medicine I take. Music has been one of the main things that kept me strong through all of the problems and my epilepsy isn’t the usual photosensitive epilepsy. Because of the type of epilepsy I was diagnosed with, it is impossible to know when I’ll have a seizure. I’m proud to be going through this and still be the person I am today, but I don’t get brought down by my condition. Music is something everyone can be involved in.
At the start of my second week at LMM, I worked on getting some school dates sorted out for our teachers, and finished some documents. I also met with Daf and Mital, the Individual Giving Officer, to go through the Back to School event.
On Tuesday I went to the WildKat PR Office - WildKat is the PR firm that works with LMM. It was for a meeting with Andy from LMM (Communications and Marketing Officer) and Olivia from WildKat (Director of their London office). The meeting helped me learn a lot about the marketing and PR world and how it’s good to have contacts that can link you to music. After that, we went back to the office and I worked on the Back to School event. I then had a meeting with Daf, Mital and the #LMMAlumni. We talked and discussed all the important things that needed organising and we thought of how we could make the Back to School event seem as similar to a real school as possible.
Today I started working on the diary that WildKat asked me to write, and I had a meeting with Anne, the Finance Director, about what her job is and how she manages all of the money and takes care of finance. For example, Anne has to write monthly reports about how LMM have spent their money. At the end of the day, the LMM team and I went to the Royal Albert Hall to see the BBC Proms. It was a great experience as I got to hang out with them outside of a working environment.
Today, Daf and I went to the Royal Albert Hall again and we had a backstage tour. It was pretty amazing to see everything happen. We met and talked to Jess Gillam, Tom Service and Mathew Baynton. We also watched the Aurora Orchestra rehearse, and then went into the sound room. It was a great day for both of us!
On my last day, I had a meeting with Daf and Mital in the morning about the events again and then another one with Rob (Executive Director) about my time at LMM, and I asked him how he got into his job. In the afternoon I finished off the blog and I had the whole afternoon to take over LMM’s social media, and it was actually a lot easier than I thought thanks to Andy’s help!
And that was all that happened during my work experience placement. It was probably my favourite experience ever with LMM.