The inspiration for this project came from young people at Bishops Green with passion and skills in making music but no access to equipment or training due to the limited music making opportunities in this isolated rural community.
The project ran weekly workshops aiming to support the development of all the different types of music making that young people engage in, from rock bands to urban styles, DJing and MCing. The music leaders devised bespoke workshop plans appropriate to the needs and aspirations of the young people that combined learning technical skills alongside developing their music making and enjoyment of music.
Key to the project was the development of trainees from the local community. These young people were trained over the 18 month duration of the project and were responsible for encouraging participation and a sense of ownership among the young people.
Weekly sessions led by 2 experienced Readipop tutors and the support of the peer mentor/trainees. Over the first 12 months, the peer mentors will be trained and gain workshop experience.
The trainees will lead sessions in conjunction with 1 Readipop music leader. Towards the end of the project the trainees will lead sessions as solo music makers (with the support ot youth workers) with fortnightly visits by a music maker to help with technical, musical and group-work issues. Holiday sessions will allow more intensive work on music skills and styles and include visits to Readipop's studio facility in Reading to do higher quality recordings in a more professional environment.
Update Summer 2011
Music Making continues to play an important role in our work. Pictured below, a music workshop led by DJ Julie Sacre during our Summer Holiday Scheme.