Bandjam

Band-based music activities for ages 6-18

Silhouettes of a band performing on stage wih guitar, bass, drums and keyboard

Tuesday evenings, Middlesbrough Town Hall

Bandjam offers young people the opportunity to experience playing or singing in a traditional rock/pop band (guitars, drums and vocals). Bandjam operates as four groups for different ability levels and our professional music leaders will advise which group is most suitable, as we recognize that each young person is on their own unique musical journey.

Bandjam minis

For approx. ages 6-8

Tuesdays, 4pm – 4.45pm

This group is for younger musicians approx. aged 6-8 who are exploring the basics of music and performance through singing. Led by Nick, this group will explore musical games and learn to sing together as a group, as well as building confidence in performing through singing too.

Autumn Term 1: 14th September to 19th Oct 2021 (6 weeks)

*Cost: Full £18 (£3 per session), concession £9 (£1.50 per session), free for those who need it to be

Autumn Term 2: 2nd Nov to 14th December 2021 (7 weeks)

*Cost: Full £21 (£3 per session), concession £10.50 (£1.50 per session), free for those who need it to be

Fees payable half termly

Details about our inclusive fee structure can be found below*

Bandjam beginners

For approx. ages 8-11

Tuesdays, 5pm – 5.45pm

Bandjam beginners is for young people who would like to start learning a musical instrument but are unsure what they would like to learn and would like the opportunity to try a few different things. These are small group sessions covering guitars, drums and singing. Young people will learn the basics in small groups in a tuition style environment, and they will have the opportunity to move between the groups every 6 weeks, or stay on the same instrument if they prefer.

Young people in these beginner groups have the option to stay in the small groups or progress onto Bandjam juniors once they are confident with the basics on their chosen instrument.

Autumn Term 1: 14th September to 19th Oct 2021 (6 weeks)

*Cost: Full £24 (£4 per session), concession £12 (£2 per session), free for those who need it to be

Autumn Term 2: 2nd Nov to 14th December 2021 (7 weeks)

*Cost: Full £28 (£4 per session), concession £14 (£2 per session), free for those who need it to be

Fees payable half termly

Details about our inclusive fee structure can be found below*

Two young people playing electric guitar

Bandjam juniors

For approx. ages 12-15

Tuesdays, 6pm – 8pm

Bandjam is a music group based around the experience of playing in a traditional band (guitars, drums and vocals).

Led by three experienced music leaders you will be supported to develop your individual skills and techniques on your instrument/s, and musical elements such as harmony, rhythm and notation, whilst also learning about skills needed to play together with others.

This group is for young people approx. aged 12-15 who already play guitar, drums or sing at beginner/intermediate level, who are looking to play in a band with others of a similar ability.

Autumn Term 1: 14th September to 19th Oct 2021 (6 weeks)

*Cost: Full £30 (£5 per session), concession £15 (£2.50 per session), free for those who need it to be

Autumn Term 2: 2nd Nov to 14th December 2021 (7 weeks)

*Cost: Full £35 (£5 per session), concession £17.50 (£2.50 per session), free for those who need it to be

Fees payable half termly

Details about our inclusive fee structure can be found below*

Three young people standing and singing on a stage

Bandjam seniors

For approx. ages 16-18

Tuesdays, 6pm – 8pm

The senior group is for those who are proficient on their instrument(s), are able to play in a group situation independently or with little support, and who are looking to form bands with others of a similar ability level.

The music leaders will be on hand to facilitate and provide advice and support within the sessions, whilst allowing the group some musical independence. Additional adult support will be on hand in the venue for any pastoral and safeguarding needs.

Autumn Term 1: 14th September to 19th Oct 2021 (6 weeks)

*Cost: Full £12 (£2 per week), concession £6 (£1 per week), free for those who need it to be

Autumn Term 2: 2nd November to 14th December 2021 (7 weeks)

*Cost: Full £14 (£2 per week), concession £7 (£1 per week), free for those who need it to be

Fees payable half termly

Details about our inclusive fee structure can be found below*

How can I join a group?

New members are welcome to come along for a taster session at the start of each half term – book a taster online (link coming soon) or contact boxoffice@middlesbrough.gov.uk or 01642 729 729.

To register, fill in this online sign up form, and we will be in touch to confirm your place. When we contact you to confirm your place, we will let you know how to make payment.

If you have any questions about joining a group, drop us a line at musinc@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

*Our fee structure explained

Musinc provides opportunities for music participation and learning for people of all ages and abilities. Based within Middlesbrough Town Hall, we are hosted by Middlesbrough Council and we aim to ensure that all people, regardless of background or circumstance, have the opportunity to access high quality music making. We particularly aim to break down barriers that may prevent people from participating in musical participation, whether financial or otherwise.

We receive funding from Arts Council England and the National Foundation for Youth Music, which means that we can offer opportunities free of charge. However we also believe that we could do more with the funds if we consider the following things:

  1. We want everyone to be able to access all activities, regardless of circumstance or background. This principle lies at the heart of our organization.
  2. We know that some people need opportunities to be free of charge due to financial barriers.
  3. We know that there are many other barriers that people face that may prevent them accessing opportunities, that are not necessarily financial.

We want to make sure that we meet the needs of local communities, and that we are doing all we can to break down barriers, therefore we ask for some anonymous data from you which helps us to monitor this. We would be very grateful for your cooperation in providing this. The information you provide is also used in our reports to funders to evidence our work, and is not used for any other purpose.

We believe that the following fee structure will allow anyone to be able to access our varied programme of high quality music making activities. When signing up for any of Musinc’s activities, we will ask you to tick one of the following options:

  • I do not identify with any barriers* and I am happy to pay the full cost of this activity
  • I do identify as facing a barrier/barriers* (tick barriers which apply) but I am happy to pay the full cost of this activity
  • I do identify as facing a barrier/barriers* (tick barriers which apply) and I am able to pay 50% of the cost of this activity
  • I identify as facing financial barriers which would prevent me from accessing this activity, and I require a full bursary.

*examples of barriers

☐ I am eligible for free school meals

☐ I am experiencing other financial barriers.

☐ I have or have had an Education, Health and Care Plan in place

☐ I have Special Educational Needs

☐ I have a disability

☐ I am currently seeking asylum in the UK

☐ English is my second language

☐ I have been attending a pupil referral unit

☐ I have been excluded from school

☐ I am or have been homeless

☐ I have a long-term medical condition

☐ I am in foster care

☐ I suffer from mental ill-health

☐ I am not in education, employment or training

☐ I am a refugee or asylum seeker in the UK

☐ I live in a rurally isolated location

☐ I have a sensory processing disorder

☐ I am a young carer

☐ I am a young parent

Or any other barrier not listed here.