Disquiet – Musical Futures

Disquiet is an exciting project from Ideas Test & Musical Futures, where 6 young music leaders from Swale and Medway have been trained in the Just Play approach to teach other budding young musicians how to play instruments.

The young leaders are also completing Arts Award Bronze qualification as they complete this leadership in the Arts programme with support from Ideas Test.  This is what the young leaders have said about their learning so far:

“It gave me a boost in self-confidence and new skills. I enjoyed it, feel like I have improved and am less socially awkward. I can drum better.”

“I made new friends. I found out how easy it can be to teach someone a new instrument. look forward to running sessions.”

“I enjoyed meeting new people and gaining new skills in teaching. I am more confident. “

“I learned how to play loads of instruments I had never tried before.”

“This was a quick and easy way to teach and develop skills. I didn’t think it was going to be this good.”

“I improved my guitar and drumming skills. It has been fun to learn to teach. I feel more capable to show someone how to play.”

FREE drop in sessions are being held here at Ideas Test on Saturday afternoons and at Strood Youth Centre, in Medway on Monday evenings for any 11- 15 year olds who are interested in learning how to play any of the following: ukuleles, acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards and drums.

The Autumn sessions start in September at No.34 in Sittingbourne on the following dates:

  • Saturday 23 September: 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 30 September: 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 7 October: 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 14 October: 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 4 November: 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 11 November: 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 18 November: 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 25 November: 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 2 December: 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 9 December: 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 16 December – Celebration Event: Time TBC

The Autumn sessions at Strood Youth Club in Medway also start in September on the following dates:

  • Monday 25 September: 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 2 October: 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 9 October: 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 16 October: 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 30 October: 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 6 November: 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 13 November: 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 20 November: 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 27 November: 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 4 December: 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 11 December: 6pm-8pm

If you are aged 11-15 and would like to be taught by like-minded young musicians, we would love to welcome you to join in.  Please email us on: contact@ideastest.co.uk to book a free space. Places are limited to 10 per session.


About Musical Futures

Musical Futures is a tried-and-tested yet innovative approach to music learning, based on methods that are driven by the musical culture of the participants. It brings real-world music learning processes into schools and other formal settings, engaging and inspiring all and promoting inclusion and diversity.

Over 200,000 young people benefit from Musical Futures every year.

Musical Futures supports primary and secondary schools to transform their music teaching. They share the learning systems, professional development, tools and support needed to embrace an ethos of innovative, inspirational and informal music learning in the classroom and in the community.

Musical Futures are also exploring new partnerships to develop their successful, tried-and-tested approaches for a range of in- and out-of-school settings, using the power of creating music to affect individual and social change.