Disquiet in Kent! Musical Futures Youth Training Project

17th March 2017

Disquiet is Musical Futures’ first ever project that trains young music leaders in community settings, to run their own music clubs and was awarded Youth Music funding in 2017.

Working in partnership with Ideas Test in Swale and Medway, Kent and Kent Music, the project has trained a number of young people aged 16-19 in workshop skills using the Musical Futures approach. 

Having consulted with young people in North Kent, many were worried about music provision coming “under threat in the cuts.” What would the longer-term impact be on the local music scene? And where resources were becoming scarce, could young leaders be trained to run their own music clubs? 

Disquiet was a pilot project that worked with six trainee music leaders aged 16-19 at both Strood Youth Centre and Ideas Test in Sittingbourne. It set out to test if accessible teaching methods, such as Musical Futures’ Just Play and instructional YouTube videos could be adapted to effectively support music sessions for 13-15 year olds.

As part of the project, trainees:

  • developed music skills on a variety of instruments including guitar, vocals, keys, bass and drums
  • worked towards an Arts Award and gained leadership skills for their CV
  • learned the Musical Futures accessible teaching method ‘Just Play’, used in schools across the UK
  • received ongoing support and coaching while they ran and led music workshops
  • received a training bursary of up to £300 on completion of the project.

The project also produced:

  • project blog, that tracked the music leaders’ progress
  • the Disquiet Video Channel, a resource that was co-created with the trainee music leaders
  • an external impact evaluation, which is being undertaken by Always Possible Ltd and will be published soon.

SparkedEcho managed the project on behalf of Musical Futures. 

Disquiet Update – October 2018

Following the completion of the  Disquiet project research phase Musical Futures would like to thank Kevin Grist form Sparked Echo for guiding the project to a successful conclusion.

If you are interested in our work in this area and would like to know more about our forthcoming plans for training teachers and youth leaders to work with young people to help them lead music activities, then please email Fran Hannan, Managing Director at fran.hannan@musicalfutures.org

Disquiet was supported by funding from Youth Music. Kent Music kindly continued to facilitate the project at Ideas Test, Sittingbourne, beyond the funding period.


Excellent workshops ‑ extremely accessible for all abilities and levels."

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra