Young Warriors is a new program with the aim of getting young people involved recreationally in making music. It’s a ten-week program providing aspiring musicians aged 12-19 with the experience of rehearsing, playing in a band and performing in live gigs.
Young Warriors is all about providing professionally supervised and mentored programs, which provide opportunities for youth to participate in live music. Experienced industry people mentor the musicians, through to performance with all equipment provided.
Active music making has been shown to provide significant benefits to participants. Young people can greatly benefit from making music together in a band. Among the individual benefits that collective music-making provides are: confidence, development of a sense of aesthetics, teamwork, problem-solving skills and deep focus, discipline, striving for excellence, leadership, determination, self-worth, perseverance, cooperation and coexistence, competitive spirit, and academic success.”
These benefits can disseminate to families too and that many studies have revealed that music making can have benefits to a student’s overall learning and behaviour.
Being a part of a musical program can make young people develop a heightened sense of self-esteem.
A successful pilot program funded by the Australian Music Association with support from the NAMM Foundation – (a US foundation that supports music making initiatives) has been conducted by the Gold Coast City Council which supported the event with funding, venue space, access to recording studio and music equipment as well as general community networking.