This project was developed to provide a bridging opportunity linking non-formal with formal education. Run as a ‘Spring School’, 15 young people from the SLN:COP target demographic were supported to write and record an EP at GB MET.

Using ‘Identity’ as a theme the participants worked with AudioActive’s tutors to explore lyric writing and beat making using a range of production equipment and were supported by the College’s Course Leader and students on the Creative Music Production Foundation Degree.  Information sessions on education pathways and HE IAG were also embedded into the programme.

The group visited Northbrook MET and recieved a tour of the state of the art music performance and production facilities. Following the week long intervention, participants were offered follow-up one-to-one mentoring from GB MET’s Widening Participation team to support individuals to access suitable FE/HE courses and other progression opportunities.

The programme took place in April 2018 and 21 students, aged between 13 and 17 years participated in seminars on lyric writing, the music industry, music software and the use of synthesisers in music production. College alumni were also on hand with expert advice and encouragement as the group collaborated to write and produce their own music tracks. The tracks are available to listen to here and were aired on radio via local community station, 1BTN.

College alumni, Leo Meisuria was pleased to be involved:

“It was great to be asked to come back to Brighton MET and introduce young people on the Bounce Down course to some of the synthesiser skills that I had learnt from studying the BA Hons Creative Music Production course I studied from 2014 to 2017. It was really positive to see Brighton MET and AudioActive working together, the students looked like they were learning a lot and really enjoying the project, I wish I had had this experience from such a young age!”

The team have since delivered four additional 5-day programmes at GBMC, embedding HE IAG into all of the Bounce Down courses. The project forms part of an Action Research project to identify attitudinal shifts to education and tracking the participants to monitor and evaluate the impact of the interventions.

Programme Partners: GB Met, Audioactive, University of Brighton

For further information please email our Innovation Fund Project Manager, Debra Vice-Holt