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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 started 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 enquiries@clothcatleeds.org.uk 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.

Term 4 starts 17th May - 30th July 2021

We will be back at Old Chapel Studios with some of our sessions

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.

So what's on offer this term for our young people?

Face to Face sessions

Monday: Ableton Live (sound production) with Dan 5.00-6.30 @ the Cardigan Centre FULL

Monday: ‘Let Us Gig’ form a band with Rob 5.00-6.30 @ Old Chapel Studios FULL

Tuesday: Guitar with Jack 5.00 – 6.30 @ Open Source Arts FULL

Wednesday: DJ’ng with Dan 5.00 – 6.30 @ Old Chapel Studios FULL

Thursday: ‘Radio Cast Cloth Cat’ (create a podcast show) with Lisa & Mick 5.00 – 6.30 @ Open Source Arts 2 spaces left

Friday: Keyboards with Matti 5.00-6.30 @ Old Chapel Studios FULL

Click the link below to enrol now

https://forms.gle/iFXEksSd88uZucTVA

Online sessions (via Zoom)

Wednesday: ‘The Mighty Write’ (song writing) with Fuzzy 5.00 – 6.00 1 Space left

Click the link below to enrol now

 https://forms.gle/iSXS9gh9e93N9vAC8

Tell me more...

These are The Slates, the first Band GYAT started with back in January and they are about to launch their own music which we recorded in our studios….. This could be you!

'Let Us Gig' Form a Band

This is Rob Brander who has a wealth of experience working with community groups and as a musician.

You will be working alongside Rob, a member of the band Marsicans. The band recently released their debut album, which hit the charts, and have played at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds festivals on the Radio One stage, and have toured all over the U.K and Europe, so Rob is well placed to help you start a band of your own!

More info at www.marsicans.co.uk

The Course…

Rob is going to work with 4 young people who have never met before and help them form a band, so if you play or don’t play an instrument it doesn’t matter, all you need is the desire to be part of a group, meet new friends and have fun. 

Working with Rob over 10 weeks in the studio you we pick an artist and song or write your own if this is your passion, rehearse and jam as part of a group, slowly building to a final show in week 10 where we will record you and give you each a copy. 

All equipment is provided by us in the rehearsal studio but if you already own an instrument then bring it with you. You will create a name for your band and who knows, you could be the next Kaiser Chiefs who have their studio in our building and when up north they rehearse here!

Keyboards

This is Matti Scott who has been with us since the start of GYAT on different sessions and is a very talented musician and teacher.

Matti has been involved in music throughout his whole life. Over the last 7 years Matti has been involved in numerous community music projects and has been with GYAT since term 1. Matti has played keyboards since a teenager and it is a skill that’s developed into a profession that has taken them all around the country. Through lockdown, Matti ran a 10 week online course with us teaching keyboards live online on our YouTube channel’

The Course…

Matti will be teaching the basics of keyboards for anyone who is brand new to keyboard playing or at a beginner’s level. Over the 10 weeks you will learn how to play scales, chords and songs of your choice at a pace that suits you.

 

DJ'ing & Ableton Live

This is Dan De Lissandri our Ableton Live (sound production) & DJ Tutor. Dan has been with us since the start of the GYAT project.

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 enquiries@clothcatleeds.org.uk

DJ Course…

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. 

On this course you can:

 

 – Learn how to mix your favourite
 – Learn how to beatmatch and mix music seamlessly
 – Use professional DJ equipment and software
 – Use FX, loops and other advanced skills
 – Create an original DJ mix to share with your friends and family
 – Meet others who are passionate about music

Guitar

This is Jack Winn our Guitar tutor who has also been with us since the start of GYAT.

The Course…

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 3 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.

 

The 'Mighty' Write Songwriting

This is Fuzzy Jones our ‘The Mighty Write’ songwriting tutor. Fuzzy delivered our mentoring sessions in term 1and songwriting in term 3, she is re-joining us for term 4 via Zoom.

The Course…

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.

'Radio Cast' Cloth Cat

This is Mick O Loughlin our ‘Radio Cast’ tutor who is also the founder and presenter of South Leeds Radio. We are so lucky to have Mick join us this term as he has a wealth of experience in film, music, radio and Podcasting.

The Course…

This is an open group to anyone with our without a passion for music as it combines Radio, Podcasting and film making. Here at Radio Cast, we are looking for creative young people to help us make some really great radio shows and podcasts. If you’re an aspiring writer, presenter, musician, tech head or you just want to hop on board and have a go, we want to hear from you. Bring along your ideas and together we can turn them into an exciting sound experience.  Some things which are on offer but not exclusive are:

 – Spoken words – creating stories recording them and adding sound effects or be a voice actor in a drama/ comedy

 – Journalism – interview each other for the Radio Cast

 – Recording and producing – learning how to create a podcast/ radio show, be a writer, learn about sound production and editing, press lots of buttons!

 – Singing/ Songwriting – learn or improve your singing or songwriting which you can then record for the Radio cast, if you want to 

 – Playing instruments – if you already play something then bring it along each week and develop your skills which again you can record and have played on the Radio Cast

Forming a Band where you will practise and record yourselves playing for the final Radio cast

·       These are just a few ideas, you as a young person may have much more and with the expert guidance of Mick and Lisa you can make those ideas come to life.

This was Radio Cloth Cat Term 3’s end product which was fully lead by the young people involved, we just recorded and edited it for them. We are now growing this idea for term 4 and you can be involved.

This was Radio Cloth Cat Term 3’s end product which was fully lead by the young people involved, we just recorded and edited it for them. We are now growing this idea for term 4 and you can be involved.

Radio Cast Cloth Cat

This is Lisa Glover our ‘Radio Cast’ tutor who has been with GYAT since the start. Lisa has many musical talents, playing a variety of instruments as well as being a singer/songwriter and is a wonderful tutor with all the young people. Lisa lead Radio Cloth Cat last term and with the help of Mick is developing it into a bigger and better show.

The Course…

This is an open group to anyone with our without a passion for music as it combines Radio, Podcasting and film making. Here at Radio Cast, we are looking for creative young people to help us make some really great radio shows and podcasts. If you’re an aspiring writer, presenter, musician, tech head or you just want to hop on board and have a go, we want to hear from you. Bring along your ideas and together we can turn them into an exciting sound experience.  Some things which are on offer but not exclusive are:

 – Spoken words – creating stories recording them and adding sound effects or be a voice actor in a drama/ comedy

 – Journalism – interview each other for the Radio Cast

 – Recording and producing – learning how to create a podcast/ radio show, be a writer, learn about sound production and editing, press lots of buttons!

 – Singing/ Songwriting – learn or improve your singing or songwriting which you can then record for the Radio cast, if you want to 

 – Playing instruments – if you already play something then bring it along each week and develop your skills which again you can record and have played on the Radio Cast

Forming a Band where you will practise and record yourselves playing for the final Radio cast

  •      These are just a few ideas, you as a young person may have much more and with the expert guidance of Mick and Lisa you can make those ideas come to life.

For more information please contact a member of the Cloth Cat team via email enquiries@clothcatleeds.org.uk 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.

What about Covid?

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?

IN BRIEF…..

  • All tutors will be wearing PPE.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided and young people will be asked to use it throughout the session even after using the loo and washing their hands, sanitizer will be requested to be applied.
  • Young people will be asked to bring their own instrument if possible or allocated a Cloth Cat one.
  • Young people, tutors, volunteers and any parent/carer entering the building will have their temperature taken with a no-contact digital thermometer gun. If their temperature is 38 degrees or above they will be refused entry.
  • All items that your young person will need will be kept on site in their own bag and will not leave site until week 10 when they can take it home. In this bag there will be hand sanitizer, face shield (optional to wear, they can use their own mask if they prefer), water bottle, pads and pens and anything else they need, such as headphones for DJ’ing (not able to keep after sessions finish).
  • The tutor will clean everything down at the end of each session.
  • Young people will be seated 2m apart
  • The venue it’s self has been risk assessed and deemed safe as it’s a large, well ventilated space.
  • No food or drink will be provided at these sessions but the cafe will be open for can/bottled drinks which Cloth Cat will cover the cost of for the young people however, we ask that they bring their own bottle of water with them to reduce movement around the building.
  • Tutors will open the main door 5 minutes before class time, no access before this time
  • Parents can sit in the cafe, 2m apart, on separate tables and purchase a drink but no food will be allowed and they will be asked to enter and go straight to the cafe then meet their child outside at the end of the session and not enter the space where the class is taking place.

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.

Past Term information

Meet Your Term 2 Tutors

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 enquiries@clothcatleeds.org.uk for more info and to book a place