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How to facilitate co-created music projects

How to facilitate co-created music projects

Friday 24 January 2020

10:30am - 4:30pm

Roundhouse, NW1 8EH

Gawain Hewitt

£30 freelancer rate; £50 organisations with annual turnover of less than £250k; £80 organisations with annual turnover of more than £250k. 

This practical workshop will help to understand the process of leading music projects that are co-created with young people in challenging circumstances. You will explore and discuss the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for working with vulnerable young people in a group situation, including:

  • Establishing an environment for successful learning
  • Facilitating ‘in the moment’ improvisatory creative music making involving all young people
  • Balancing creativity and informality with structure and boundaries
  • Producing high quality musical outcomes
  • Developing your resilience as a music leaders

Gawain will draw on his experiences working with the City of London Sinfonia in the Royal Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School. The session will blend technology with live instrumentation. Please bring your instrument (and/or voice).

Who is the session for?

This course is for musicians, producers, classroom teachers, instrumental teachers, animateurs, early years practitioners who either already lead music projects with vulnerable young people and want to extend their practice or who would like to develop their knowledge, skill and understanding in this area.

By the end of the session you will

  • Gain knowledge, skills and understanding of leading music sessions with vulnerable young people
  • Have an opportunity to reflect on your own practice with other music leaders
  • Gather new ideas and perspectives for music leading
  • Take away resources for workshop leading

Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring your own lunch.


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Gawain Hewitt


Gawain is an artist and composer, particularly known for combining technology with more traditional musical and artistic practices. He is prolific in his output, much of which is composed or made in the community. Gawain’s work has been shown at Spitalfields Festival, the V&A and the Tate Modern and he is an active member of the London based Hackoustic group. Gawain has made music in diverse settings, from compositions for Soprano, Recorder and Oboe, to UK hip hop, to improvising with code and hydrophones on a frozen fjord with Terje Isungset and Arve Hendriksen at Ice Music Festival. Arriving in London aged 19, Gawain has been intimately involved in the capital’s music scene for nearly 20 years, and when not working across the country in classrooms, studios and auditoriums, loves helping his three children begin their own sonic explorations.

Presented by Sound Connections in partnership with the City of London Sinfonia




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