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Youth Music Podcast - Episode 1: Averting the music education "crisis" with Max Wheeler and Helen Bartlett

Album cover of 12" record produced by the U Studios project participants

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In the first episode of Youth Music's new podcast Carol Reid and Daniel Williams speak to...

  • Max Wheeler - Music Producer, Music Leader and project lead for Charanga's VIP Studio Sessions 
  • Helen Bartlett - Youth Worker on the Hangleton and Knoll project in Brighton
  • Eyez - Former participant of Hangleton and Knoll's 'U Studios' project and now an established recording artist

... to explore what music educators can learn from youth work practice, discuss the challenges facing children and young people today, and look at innovative solutions to the so-called "crisis" in music education.

We speak about the long term impact of community projects, debate lyrical content and the controversy around drill music, and hear how music educators can engage with new music genres through initiatives like VIP Studio Sessions.

Finally, we speak to grime artist Eyez to hear how his experiences on 'U Studios' ten years ago informed his current career and approach to music and education, and how he got involved in creating a 'grime opera' with Max!

Massive thanks to Charanga for hosting us.

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Podcast Tracklist

  1. 'U Studios'
  2. 'Community Studes'
  3. 'Grown': A Grime Opera (feat. Essex Youth Orchestra, Max Wheeler and Eyez)
  4. 'Take You Away' - Eyez

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