‘Unchained’ to inspire and educate young music fans

Gloucestershire College’s ambitious Level 3 Music students, Blacklisted Promotions, have won a £530 grant from Make Music Gloucestershire to run a workshop and gig that educates, inspires and expands Year 10 students’ learning opportunities – entitled ‘Unchained’.

As part of their final major project, the 10 students were tasked to write the bid for funding themselves, as well as plan and organise the event, which they hope will enlighten young people about practical music education; help them discover their inner potential; network with other budding musicians; and enjoy a varied gig in the evening.

The free musical workshop will take place between 9.45am and 4pm on Friday 17 April, at Churchdown Community Centre in Gloucester. There are 40 places available to Year 10 students and the day will comprise basic musical taster sessions, specialised master classes and supervised rehearsal time, with students having the chance to perform on stage at the end of the day, and enjoy free entry to the gig later on.

While the line-up is yet to be confirmed, there will be several bands spanning the genres performing in the evening, giving gig-goers a chance to experience something different. Music lovers from across Gloucestershire are welcome to attend the gig. Tickets cost £4 in advance via www.facebook.com/BlacklistedPromotionsGC, £5 on the door, or are free of charge for those students attending the workshop.

18-year-old Music student, Jack Parry from Cheltenham, said: “This experience has helped me develop various skills such as prioritising, time management and interpersonal skills. I feel lucky to have been part of this and thoroughly enjoyed the process. I hope this will be the first of many opportunities in the future!”

Make Music Gloucestershire is the county’s music education hub which supports schools and colleges to reach young people with music and develop their music provision. It has a rolling programme of funding available to establish group music making opportunities and develop musical progression opportunities.

Course Leader for Music Technology, Lee Holder, said: “The students have worked extremely hard this year to find an innovative solution to putting on a show for their final major project. Receiving funding from Make Music Gloucestershire has opened up many more opportunities and allowed us to plan for an event that not only showcases the musical talent of the students, but also provides a valuable chance for schoolchildren to learn about college life, the music industry and careers which they may not have previously been aware of.

“It is always exciting when students take the lead and go above and beyond what they are expected to do, since these skills of entrepreneurial thinking, ambition and showing initiative are exactly what is needed to survive in the music industry.” 

Gloucestershire College has an excellent Music provision, with facilities including industry-standard recording studios, fully equipped theatres and Mac suites kitted out with the latest software, and courses including the Level 2 Diploma, Level 3 BTEC and HNC in Music Production with Logic Pro.

For more information visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/artsandmedia or call 0345 155 2020.

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