Special Measures, a group formed at Audio-Base Cinderford

Special Measures, a group formed at Audio-Base Cinderford

If you’re aged 11-16 and love music – whether you make/play music or not – you can learn how to make and record rock, pop and urban music, jam with others, and learn the skills needed to be a musician, at Audio-Base Saturday morning music sessions – which are now up and running for the autumn term .

Music group sessions take place from 11am-1pm at Cinderford SoundSpace Studio (in the grounds of Forest High School), and Sir William Romney’s School, Tetbury, and from 2.30-4pm at Severn Vale School, Gloucester (in the music department). The cost is just £5 if you pay up-front for the term (£6 pay-as-you go, £3 concessions).

  • Never made music? No problem, just turn up and we’ll help you find out how using music technology.
  • Already make music? This is for you too: you can develop your skills and learn new ones supported by skilled and experienced musicians.

You’ll be able to create, record and jam with others and you can learn the basics of music technology. The session leaders are all musicians and industry professionals who’ll help you develop their skills in creative surroundings.

PLEASE NOTE: The aim of these sessions is not to teach musical instruments, but to mentor young people as musicians, and for them to lead their own learning. We will support them to gain an understanding of the skills needed to be a musician – which are skills that are useful in life – improve their musical and creative skills, and collaborate with others. 

New for this term will be slightly more structured sessions and slots featuring specific skills (eg songwriting, music technology techniques), although the emphasis will still be on providing a space for young people to explore their own musicality and creativity.

The sessions are run by The Music Works, a music charity based in Gloucestershire which transforms lives through music. The charity is also one of the main partners in Make Music Gloucestershire, the county’s music education hub, led by the county council and the sessions are subsidised by the Hub.

TETBURY: Susie Newman-Turner, Mum to Sam and Jake who attend the Tetbury sessions, says: “Sam and Jake absolutely love the workshops with Salo and Barney, the music leaders. They come away buzzing every Saturday, always having learned something new and feeling inspired. For any kid who’s musically creative these sessions are a no-brainer. We’re seeing both boys growing in confidence and ambition, and they’ve made new like-minded friends too, which is great. The workshops have ‘perked up’ the weekends no end and it’s not quite such a battle to encourage them to get homework done, once they’ve released some of their creative energy!”

CINDERFORD: Deirdre Maguire-Toombs, mum to twins Saffira, Alesha, aged 12, who attend the Forest sessions, says: “I am so elated, because finally there is something for young people playing in this genre. You have orchestras and brass bands, but there’s been nowhere for kids playing popular music to get together. They don’t really get opportunities to experiment with different instruments and ways of making music, and having the technology side is great. And the music leaders are lovely, they’re very open and very generous in how they deal with students.”

“You can just jam with each other, it’s fun, you get to learn a lot off the tutors, you get inspiration,” says Saffira. “They know everything, and can give us tips.” “The tutor has shown us how we can make our own music, and we can record it,” says Alesha. “You can jam with people. You can’t do this anywhere else.”

For more information and to book visit the Audio-Base page in the Make Music section of the website.