Events & Courses
Reaching Out to Young People with Music
06 November 2021
Goldsmiths is hosting this one-day in-person training, led by Graham Dowdall, that focuses on working with so-called 'hard to reach' young people, and how music can support them in overcoming some of the challenges they face

This short course is the last in a series of four stand-alone Saturday sessions run by Goldsmiths University this autumn.

Music still plays a huge role in the lives of young people and this course explores how we can use music to reach young people who may experience a range of barriers to their self-fulfilment, wellbeing and achievement. An increasing number of young people experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties which may restrict their educational opportunities, life chances and even result in challenging behaviour and offending.

As well as looking at the contextual background and understanding we will explore a range of practical music tools including working with the styles of music young people may want to make like Grime and Hip Hop as well as using Songwriting to sensitively explore issues. You will also learn about progressive methodologies to engage, inspire and support young people to transform their lives.

This workshop investigates how to best facilitate meaningful and effective musical experiences for so-called “hard to reach” young people.

This includes those who:

  • experience Social, Emotional & Mental Health difficulties
  • are struggling in school
  • have been excluded, or are in danger of exclusion
  • are at risk or have already offended
  • are not in education, training, or employment

No formal skill level is required, but to gain the most out of this workshop we would expect you to possess a level of either formal or informal music experience.

The course runs from 10am-4pm and costs £95.

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Venue Details:
Goldsmiths, University of London