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enquiries@clothcatleeds.org.uk

 

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 enquiries@clothcatleeds.org.uk for more information.

Term 3 starts 14th September - 20 November 2020

We have a new location for term 3 but don’t worry, it’s just as easy to locate and has lots more space. We will be holding our face to face music sessions at Open Source Arts, opposite ITV studios and next to Seagull paint on Kirkstall Road.

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

Face to Face sessions

Tuesday: Guitar with Jack 5.00 – 6.30

Wednesday: DJ’ng with Dan 5.00 – 6.30

Thursday: ‘Radio Cloth Cat’ (create a radio show) with Matti & Lisa  5.00 – 6.30

Enrol NOW, click the link below:

https://forms.gle/P5rPe9EfJyBP2EYa7

Online sessions (via Zoom)

Monday: Ableton Live (sound production) with Dan 5.00 – 6.00

Wednesday: Guitar with jack & ‘The Mighty Write’ (song writing) with Fuzzy 5.00 – 6.00

Friday: Music Journalism (digital, video, radio & photography) with Kate 5.00 – 6.00

Enrol NOW, click the link below:

https://forms.gle/twvFuHFaptZitjnu9

Tell me more...

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 delivering in both term 1 & 2. 

Ableton Live Course…

Did you buy Ableton or wanted to but don’t know how it works? don’t worry, Dan is here to help and get you started. You will require to have the equipment at home to take part so if you don’t have the equipment then contact Dan to find out more by emailing 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. 

 

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 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.

 

The 'Mighty' Write Songwriting

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.

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 Cloth Cat

This is Matti Scott our ‘Radio Cloth Cat’ tutor who has also been with us from the start of GYAT delivering courses in both term 1 & 2.

The Course…

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. 

Radio Cloth Cat

This is Lisa Marie Glover our 2nd ‘Radio Cloth Cat’ tutor. Lisa has been with us since term 1.

The Course…

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. 

Music Journalism

This is Kate Wellham our Music Journalism tutor. Kate is new to the GYAT tutor team but has a wealth of experience which she’s excited to share with our young people.

The course…

The world of music journalism is a very exciting one, where you can meet your favourite artists, travel the world and maybe even get paid to report on events that other people buy tickets for. But it’s hard work too, and it can seem strange and daunting if you don’t know how it all works. This course will look at what sort of people work in the music industry, what they do, and what sort of skills you need to develop to work as a music journalist. We won’t just cover written journalism, we’ll also touch on digital stuff too including video, radio and photography. You’ll also get some practical tips and ideas to make you stand out from other newcomers, and learn how to get your work out there.

Finally we have the very talented Rich Huxley from the band Hope and Social, check him out on YouTube! Rich will be mentoring a band who came to us in term 1 and are now ready to be released into the big wide world of the music industry after completing our term 1 ‘Mentoring’ sessions and term 2 ‘Beginners Guide to the Music Business’ course.

Rich has agreed to help the band complete their journey and launch themselves, keep an eye on our YouTube page to see them in action… https://tinyurl.com/y55u66cg

 

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 mask (optional to wear), 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

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