Young warriors sought for recreational music making

Young Warriors is a new program initiated by City of Gold Coast through Helensvale Cultural Centre with the aim of getting young people involved recreationally in making music. It’s a ten-week program providing aspiring musicians aged 12-19 with the experience of rehearsing, playing in a band and performing in live gigs.

Project Manager Dom DiSisto took time to tell Blank GC about the program.

“It will be used as a pilot program with the aim of developing a national rollout for the delivery of music making programs for youth by local government,” Dom said. “It is being developed and part funded by the Australian Music Association with support from the NAMM Foundation – a US foundation that supports music making initiatives.”

Dom said that Council is supporting the event with funding, venue space, access to recording studio and music equipment as well as general community networking.

And at the end of the day it’s all about providing professionally supervised and mentored programs as well as opportunities for youth to participate in live music. You don’t even need to own an instrument.

“Active music making has been shown to provide significant benefits to participants,” Dom said. “Young people can greatly benefit from making music together in a band. Among the individual benefits that collective music-making provides are: confidence, development of a sense of aesthetics, teamwork, problem-solving skills and deep focus, discipline, striving for excellence, leadership, determination, self-worth, perseverance, cooperation and coexistence, competitive spirit, and academic success.”

Dom said that these benefits can disseminate to families too and that many studies have revealed that music making can have benefits to a student’s overall learning and behaviour.

“There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training,” Dome explained. “When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain.”

“Being a part of a musical program can make young people develop a heightened sense of self worth,” he said.

The program starts on Saturday 16 April with a sign-on, jam and band workshop, with events then taking place Sunday 17 April and most of the weekends leading up to mid-June. The program then culminates in a number of live performances, including Helensvale Cultural Centre and Hard Rock Café.

To register or find out more, email admin@weekendwarriors.org.au.

PHOTO CREDIT: Marc Grimwade.

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