Young Sunderland musicians pick up skills in summer school + VIDEO

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MUSICIANS have been getting into the groove all this week with a free summer music course.

Music lovers have been getting expert training from professionals during a week-long summer course in everything from vocal lessons to DJing and stagecraft.

Taking part in a music workshop at Washington Arts Centre were Rachel Cowell, 14, ( left ) and Rachael Dixon, 14.

Taking part in a music workshop at Washington Arts Centre were Rachel Cowell, 14, ( left ) and Rachael Dixon, 14.

Urban Music Training ran the course for young people aged 11 to 24 at Washington Arts Centre, designed to aid development so youngsters can raise their musical game to a professional standard.

UMT:PLAY, launched by Generator in 2010, offered students free expert tuition, the chance to record and take home their own material and develop and produce musical events.

The company is the leading music development agency in the UK, providing support, advice and guidance to musicians and music businesses throughout the region.

Joe Frankland, music and artist development manager at Generator, said: “Generator’s Urban Music Training programme has been a huge success already.

“Our Play, Beats and Vox courses are often over-subscribed and each course culminates in a live performance.

“This year also saw UMT taking over a stage at Evolution Festival – a great opportunity to show off our UMT graduates and the wealth of talent from the North East.

“The courses provide a fun and innovative way to learn from expert tutors and create, record and perform new music. We are looking for young musicians from across the region to take part this year.”

The next five-day course will be held at Middlesbrough College from Monday. Places are limited. Contact Bob on 255 4468 or email at bob@generator.org.uk.

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