Support Workers

Jasmine Smales - Support Worker

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Jasmine first started learning classical guitar at 8 years old and has been songwriting from around 10. She has since graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with both a BMus(Hons) and Masters degree. Having moved away from classical performance, her focus is now on the therapeutic effects of songwriting. Jasmine also intends to start her PhD to research songwriting as a tool for self-therapy.


Her inspirations come from fields of psychology, community music and music therapy to design and facilitate these workshops. These studies have helped uplift Jasmine's approach to being a support worker and she is always looking for new ways to better support the children in her care.


Jasmine has experience working with families from all backgrounds, having worked with children who have additional support needs (including autism, ADHD and Downs Syndrome) and is committed to finding the best approach for each child.

Rukhsana Ahmed 

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Born and brought up in Edinburgh. Have worked in schools as a pupil support for nearly 15 years. Currently working as a PSA at Canal View Primary which is one of the Wester Hailes cluster schools that Big Noise work with. Love working with children and helping them to come out of their shell with the help of music.

Farhad Ahmed 

'I came to Edinburgh to study and quickly fell into the musical community, developing musical skills on the guitar whilst performing in bands around the city. This led to many things from festival performances to Scottish Alternative Music Award nominations.

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One of the things I am most proud about is working with as many different types of people as possible and helping them create music. My work nowadays involves using music technology to make this happen. I have definitely felt the effect of music in my life and work to help spread this effect to others



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