Get Your Act Together is a Lottery funded project providing formal, free, structured but practical and fun courses in music based subjects with groups of young people learning together and starting in January 2020.
With the support of qualified music mentors, young people aged 11 to 18 will also have the chance to form a band, going through the whole process from deciding on a name, style of music and the songs they want to play (whether their own or covers) right through to performing a gig in front of a live audience at a local music venue.
Participants gain valuable music, business and personal development skills along the way, and the programme encourages teamwork, making new friends and is a real confidence boost.
If you’re aged 11-18, or know someone who is, and want to get involved in this project, please contact us and we’ll be able to give you more information and sign you up. Call 0113 2442773 or email email@example.com for more information.
NB. Some of our featured photos were taken by Kirsty Bowe of https://www.kirstybowephotography.co.uk/ please check out her website as her work is outstanding.
Some sessions in term 4 will remain at Open Source Arts, opposite ITV studios and next to Seagull paint on Kirkstall Road.
Ableton Live will be held at the Cardigan Centre, 145-149 Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LJ, it’s a 5 minute drive from Open Source Arts.
Monday: Ableton Live (sound production) with Dan 5.00-6.30 @ the Cardigan Centre
Monday: ‘Let Us Gig’ form a band with Rob 5.00-6.30 @ Old Chapel Studios
Tuesday: Guitar with Jack 5.00 – 6.30 @ The Open Source Arts
Wednesday: DJ’ng with Dan 5.00 – 6.30 @ Old Chapel Studios
Thursday: ‘Radio Cloth Cat’ (create a radio show) with Lisa 5.00 – 6.30 @ Open Source Arts
Friday: Keyboards with Matti 5.00-6.30 @ Old Chapel Studios
Enrolment will open soon
Wednesday: ‘The Mighty Write’ (song writing) with Fuzzy 5.00 – 6.00
Enrolment will open soon
This is Dan De Lissandri our Ableton Live (sound production) & DJ Tutor. Dan has been with us since the start of the GYAT project delivering in both term 1 & 2.
Ableton Live Course…
Would you like to learn how to use Ableton Live Music Production Software to make original music? On the Ableton Live course you can learn everything you need to know to get you started making music.
On this course you can:
– learn how to make your own tracks using professional software
– use MIDI drums and instruments to make beats, basslines, chords, melodies and more
– use audio fx to manipulate the sounds
– sample from different places to make your music stand out
– mix down and master your tracks
This course is free and we will provide you with the required software & equipment for you to take part in the course, you just need to turn up each week.
The course will be delivered at the Cardigan Centre, LS6 1LJ. Each week there will be a different topic for you to learn about. In between lessons, Dan will be available for support, tips and feedback on your music. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is limited spaces for this session, we have a maximum of 4 slots so get your enrolment form completed quickly. Young people will be allocated their own work station including headphones. They will learn the basic of either vinyl or digital DJ’ing and the course will cater to individual ability. So if you are a beginner Dan will teach you how to get started but if you’ve been DJ’ing for a while Dan will show you the more advanced techniques.
This is Jack Winn our Guitar tutor who has also been with us since the start of GYAT.
This course aims to provide the student with the knowledge and skill set to further their journey into the wonderful world of guitar. With over 15 years of experience as a guitarist and 5 years of teaching, Jack is able to offer a deep insight into the methods and techniques required for becoming a professional musician.
Whether you’re a beginner starting out on your journey or need a refresher course, Jack is able to deliver tailored detailed lessons to help the specific person move forward with their learning. Going at a pace which is appropriate for the user.
Upon enrolling in this course you will be learning a mixture of chord theory by learning songs, basic warm up techniques and harmony
Jack has run this course for 2 terms and we’ve seen friendships being made among the young people as well as some great talent emerge from people who had never picked up a guitar. If you don’t have a guitar then don’t worry as Cloth Cat have lots and will lend you one to keep for the 10 weeks and take home so you can practice.
This is Fuzzy Jones our ‘The Mighty Write’ songwriting tutor. Fuzzy delivered our mentoring sessions in term 1 and is re-joining us for term 3 via Zoom.
A fun, interactive, 10 week online songwriting course, led by an award winning indie artist, with over 20 years songwriting experience.
Learn tips and tricks, as well as exercises to beat writers block. You will get an insight into the magic of songwriting; from starting with a lyric or a chord, all the way to finishing your song and trying it out on an audience. Suitable for beginners or anyone wanting to improve their songwriting. Bespoke for your needs!
It will also be a peer support group, where you will have the chance to critique each others songs, but in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate in Zoom breakout rooms. There will be a final online performance at the end of the 10 weeks and some low key sharing along the way.
This is Lisa Marie Glover our 2nd ‘Radio Cloth Cat’ tutor. Lisa has been with us since term 1.
Radio Cloth Cat is a 10 week program for young people to put together a radio show that will be played live on the airways. You will be in full control, using your own ideas to create segments of the show whilst learning the skills you need to record and broadcast. Everyone of any ability is welcome, so if you want to learn an instrument and perform a song, conduct an interview and present the news, or write a play and voice the characters, then this course is for you.
For more information please contact a member of the Cloth Cat team via email email@example.com who will be happy to help. We can email a word version of the enrolment form if you are having difficulties with the Google form.
We understand that many people have concerns and questions about Covid and if it is safe to meet inside as a group. Cloth Cat have conducted many Risk Assessments to make this possible for our young people but these are subject to Government changes. So what have we done to make it save?
We know these rules may seem like a lot to do or not do but we reassure you that the young people attending will still have lots of fun and it wont take long for them to adapt. If you have any questions about the above please do not hesitate to contact us.
Term 2: Brand new online music courses starting Monday 20th April
In these difficult times we are finding new ways to support young people and for our second term of Get Your Act Together, we will be starting an online programme of new courses, with 45 minute daily live sessions which will be complemented by a series of recorded tutorials uploaded on to our YouTube channel. Amongst our tutors, we welcome Greg Grainger, former drummer with Santana, Whitney Houston’s band and now playing with triple Grammy Award nominated band Acoustic Alchemy.
Mon: Electronic Music Production 4.00pm with Dan De Lissandri
Tue: Singing/ Songwriting 4.00pm with Lisa-Marie Glover
Wed: Beginners Guitar 4.00pm with Jack Winn
Wed: Beginners guide to Music Business with Pat Fulgoni (private zoom group but taster videos will be added to YouTube for Term 3 enrollment)
Thur: Drumming 4.00pm with Greg Grainger
Fri: Keyboards and Sound Production (Recording) 4.00pm with Matti Scott
Term 2 starts on 20th April, running for 10 weeks
Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to book a place