Pro­grammes get youth into mu­sic

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

Youth pro­grammes aim­ing to use mu­sic to bet­ter equip young peo­ple for the fu­ture are look­ing for new band mem­bers.

Youth worker Pauli Hor­gan runs the Beats and Pieces pro­gramme and the Base­ment Pro­gramme at the Oranga and One­hunga com­mu­nity cen­tres three af­ter­noons a week.

The pro­grammes give young peo­ple liv­ing in the area the op­por­tu­nity to use mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and record­ing equip­ment to make and pro­duce their own sounds.

Mr Hor­gan runs the pro­grammes with help from Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki youth rep­re­sen­ta­tive and Auck­land Coun­cil youth ad­vi­sory panel mem­ber Ge­orgina Vaka­heke­taha-Nelisi, 18, and as­pir­ing rap­per and mu­sic pro­ducer Paul Smith.

‘‘I first met Gina two years ago in an­other pro­gramme bring­ing stu­dents to­gether to cre­ate mu­sic and when we fin­ished I re­alised there was noth­ing left to carry on with,’’ Mr Hor­gan says.

‘‘We had the space and op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide an­other pro­gramme so we started this.

‘‘It’s a chance to spend time with like-minded peo­ple and cre­ate mu­sic from scratch.’’

For kids in­ter­ested in mu­sic, the pro­grammes of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about how song struc­tures work, how to craft lyrics, pol­ish their per­for­mance skills or use au­dio en­gi­neer­ing equip­ment and soft­ware.

But while mu­sic is the fo­cus Mr Hor­gan says the pro­grammes also have a wider pur­pose.

‘‘I wanted to use mu­sic as the ve­hi­cle to teach leader- ship, team­work and to get them to im­prove the skill of com­mit­ting time and ef­fort.

‘‘Mu­sic is bring­ing peo­ple to­gether, but it’s not just learn­ing mu­sic.’’

Since the pro­grammes be­gan sev­eral for­mer par­tic­i­pants have gone on to higher ed­u­ca­tion at the Mu­sic and Au­dio In­sti­tute of New Zealand.

Mr Hor­gan is help­ing a fur­ther two nav­i­gate the process of head­ing into fur­ther study.

‘‘The most im­por­tant thing is to help young peo­ple recog­nise path­ways into ca­reers.

‘‘Forty per cent of our peo­ple are not in school so we try to help them get into a po­si­tion where they are in con­tact with other ed­u­ca­tion providers.’’

It’s also an out­let for those less sports ori­ented than their peers.

As the win­ter sea­son kicks off Mr Hor­gan says the pro­gramme has lost some of its reg­u­lars and he is keen to let peo­ple know what they of­fer.

‘‘We just want to get word out there that we have this avail­able.’’

Mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence is not re­quired, rather just an in­ter­est in find­ing out more about what goes into mak­ing a song or the wider mu­sic in­dus­try.

‘‘They need absolutely no ex­pe­ri­ence at all, just a will­ing­ness to par­tic­i­pate. And whether they are mu­si­cal or not they just come along and get caught up.

‘‘They might think they are only into mu­sic, but they’re ac­tu­ally into elec­tron­ics or stage man­age­ment or pro­duc­tion.’’

The free pro­gramme runs from 4pm to 7pm, Mon­day and Wed­nes­day at the One­hunga Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, and Tues­days at the Oranga Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Those in­ter­ested can just turn up.

Photo: JOE DAW­SON

Com­mu­nity mu­sic: Youth fa­cil­i­ta­tor Pauli Hor­gan, front, at the mu­sic pro­gramme he runs for One­hunga youth. He is pic­tured with, from left: Paul Smith, Emma Kake, 17, Jonno Alexan­dre, 19, Dy­lan Alexan­dre, 20, and Ge­orgina Vaka­heke­taha-Nelisi, 18.

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