Furthering Talent students explore music technology with Noise Academy

Hull Music Education Hub were one of three new Hubs to join our Furthering Talent programme in 2019. Following Identifying Talent training in February, exploring the key facets of musical potential, music leaders nominated young people for inclusion in the programme. All nominated children were identified as having high potential to succeed in music, with the right support and financial assistance.

34 students have since been accepted onto the programme and will begin instrumental tuition from September. They’ll also receive holistic support towards their musical progression, including their own Individual Learning Plan and access to exciting musical opportunties, like regular musical ‘Get Togethers’. Our Local Coordinator, Shelley Gabriel, has met with each student, their family and their school to ensure that the right personalised support can be put in place ready for September.

A “noisy” get together

To kick-off the project, Shelley organised Hull’s first Furthering Talent ‘Get Together’ event, at the Albermale Music Centre in July. Families were invited to spend the day working with artists and producers from Noise Academy. Activities included demos and workshops in contemporary beatboxing, Dj’ing and music production. Students learned how to mix one track into another, just like a live DJ and to build their own track using Garage Band software. Get a snapshop of what they got up to in this short video:

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Shelley is now planning their autumn 2019 Get Together, when students and families will get to work with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO). More on this to come…

Furthering Talent is designed to help musical young people from low income families from the moment the first sparks of potential appear. We support their instrumental learning far beyond initial state-funded lessons, so they can keep on playing music well into their teens and beyond. With Youth Music’s help we’ll be expanding the programme from supporting 150 to 500 young people across the UK by 2022.

Awards for Young Musicians is a founder member of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England (AMIE): a growing network of organisations working together to promote equity in music education and to support others to do the same through advocacy, CPD, resources, and strategic alliances.

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