LYDNEY TRAINING BAND
(incorporating the Starter Band)
YOUTH POLICY - 2005 (revised 2018)
Contact DetailsName of Organisation
Lydney Training Band
Glos. GL15 5RU
c/o Mrs. Kerry Ford, Westwood, Sandy Lane, Hewelsfield, Lydney, Glos. GL15 6UX
01594 530886 or 0755 454 0469
Mrs Kerry Ford BMus. & IPD (Institute of Professional Development)
Position in the organisation
Band Secretary and Youth Development Officer
Organisational Status - Constituted Voluntary Organisation
Youth Policy introduction
Young people make up a substantial part of the Lydney Training Band (LTB).
The purpose of this policy is to help recognize the importance of youth and help plan for their development through LTB. Their skills and experience will be utilized in the band, benefiting the individuals concerned and the local community.
The policy describes the role of the people involved in the band, to ensure that the youth are recognised, supported and involved in decisions that affect them.
The term ‘youth’ and ‘young people’ are taken to cover the broad age range of 5 to 21years.
- Children 5-10yrs
- Adolescents 11-15yrs
- Young adults 16-21yrs
Young people have a key role to play in the band.
Young people have contributed to the subsistence of the band and are in an ideal position to identify the needs of other young people within the band and the community. They add credibility to the band’s decisions and with many ‘youth’ groups in the community.
Young people have a role in the management of the band
When fully involved in decision-making and management, young people bring not only their own experiences but also the creativity and ideas of youth, which complement the maturity of other members.
Current youth committee members:
Young people of today will lead the band of tomorrow
When young people work side by side with older members they acquire skills which will enable them to lead the band of the future and to learn ‘life skills’ for work in the community and our modern society.
In accepting this policy each of the members of the band agree to adhere to a number of provisions:
Should promote the band to their peers and the community in a positive way
Should inform the band committee of their needs, interests and abilities
Should be prepared to take on the responsibility of being an active band member
Training Band Tutors
Should help youngsters identify their needs
Should provide the necessary tuition and resources
Should help motivate young people to meet their potential
Should help create an atmosphere where young people can participate fully
Should help young people feel valued for their abilities
Should encourage young people’s efforts whilst learning
Should help by offering advice and guidance to improve performance
Should let tutors know if an individual needs additional support
Youth Development Officer
Should support young people whilst learning by matching the learner to the right tutor
Should help tutors identify key areas of improvement
Should help tutors progress individuals through the development lines
Should encourage young people to challenge themselves with solos etc
Should provide support for individuals to take recognised music exams (ABRSM. Etc)
Should provide information on ‘other musical development activities’
Tuition is provided in graded groups. Starting with ‘beginner’ and progressing to, ‘intermediate’ and then ‘band’, with an additional group of ‘exam students’
Group - Beginner
Adult responsible - Ken Powell
To help beginner brass players to learn the rudiments of pitch, note values and music reading
Group - Intermediate
Adult responsible - Roger Powell
To help develop skills in reading music, tunes, scale basics, sharps, flats and playing in a small group (duet or above)
Group - Exam students
Adult responsible - Kerry Ford B Mus. IPD
To provide tuition and guidance in meeting ABRSM grade requirements, according to their ability.
Group - Band
Adult responsible - Kevin Ford
To help individuals attain and fine tune group skills in a brass band format. Bandroom disciplines and musical understanding, to enable performance in public, whilst encouraging team work and self belief.
All tutors will have a police check (DBS/CRB) on display in the bandroom.
Evaluation & Celebration
To ensure continued progress of music standards, individuals will be encouraged and supported in public performances and competitions where they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their performing skills.
Annual Awards will be given to recognise individual development and achievements.
Where recognised music exams are undertaken and achieved, individuals will be congratulated in front of their peers and their success publicised whenever possible.
All methods of development will be evaluated on an annual basis.
The Lydney Training Band is a non-registered “member” of the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association. Where possible any additional activity provided by GBBA or Gloucestershire Music that would benefit young players in the Lydney Training Band will be promoted and encouraged.