Pedestrian pave way for Leicester’s young people

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Bethan Head

A Leicester youth charity have created a new music production course for post 16’s.

Pedestrian are a charity that provides education and training to young people at risk, vulnerable adults and individuals who are often socially excluded and from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Kylie North, 26, Administrator at Pedestrian said: “There’s definitely more of a need for music activities, there was a huge release recently about music in schools and we want to give people more access to music, it just seemed a perfect time for this course.

“We’ve always wanted to do a course for an older age and it just so happened that one of the providers that we work with for the provision was quite keen on pushing us to do a bit more as well.

“The studio was getting bigger as well, so we could take on some more extra work and projects.”

The course, called Soundworks, uses similar units to that of Pedestrian’s lower level courses that are delivered during term time to 14 to 16 year olds.

However, Soundworks is a Level 2 course meaning that the 16 to 19 year olds taking part can achieve the equivalent of a GCSE A* to C grade.

The course will run three times a week from 3pm to 5:30pm until Friday November 14.

The tutors have a lot of experience in music production, with a several being professional musicians.

Pedestrian have also recruited three new trainee tutors who are learning on the job alongside the existing tutors.

Miss North added: “One tutor DJs around Dubai and worldwide. It’s quite impressive to have that kind of scope of musician to be delivering to young people and the new trainees we’ve got as well.

“You can see that the young people are thoroughly engaged and just having a good time.”

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