Cardiff based youth music development organisation, Sound Progression, is hosting a series of free online sessions for young people aged between 10-21 years. Run weekly till the end of November 2020, the aim of the programme is to provide young people with stay at home diversionary activities that provide them with the tools and knowledge to immerse themselves in music production and creation.

The provision includes ‘How to guides’ to operating various free to download music-making software programmes such as Cubase; Logic; Fruity Loops; Garage Band and Ableton. The wide-ranging list of subjects also includes 1-2-1 vocal coaching and Speech Level Singing techniques; song and rap writing workshops; music notation and theory plus guitar, bass and keyboard lessons. Small group sessions include how-to guides to building online income streams with music, Music Engineering and DJing demonstrations with Q&As.

The organisations' Chair, Mike Johnson says “Sound Progression’s stellar team of experienced and respected music industry professionals offer a fantastic mix of expertise and specialisms. They are also experienced youth mentors and offer inspiring and relatable life stories, having overcome barriers and challenges within their own childhood by developing their passion for music.”

The provision, designed as a response to COVID-19 restrictions, supports all abilities from beginners to more advanced and encourages all music tastes and genres. It will be delivered by a team of eleven music mentors, using Zoom as the online platform, and is offered free of charge either as 1-2-1 or within small groups, with sessions lasting between 40 and 80 minutes and with no restrictions to the number of subjects taken.

Sound Progression’s Company Manager, Carole Blade says “Our programme aims to respond to young people’s needs and fosters emotional well-being by creating meaningful exchanges that tap into and harnesses young people’s interests in music.” She adds “One of our greatest strengths is our pioneering work with disaffected youth. We take a youth work approach to enable them to constructively challenge the personal, social and educational disadvantages they may face to lead positive, creative and fulfilling lives.”

Sound Progression’s Stay at Home Music Programme is being kindly supported by the Arts Council of Wales through their National Lottery scheme, National Lottery Community Fund, Community Foundation Wales and by Cardiff Third Sector Council through the C3SC’s Local Emergency Support Grant – COVID-19 in partnership with Third Sector Support Wales.

For updates and how to get involved go to soundprogression.co.uk

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