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Evolve: End of project outcomes and achievements

It’s an emotional time at Pedestrian HQ as we bid adieu to Evolve, a project funded by Youth Music with the aim of improving young people’s technical skills and abilities.  It is a developmental project that encourages and nurtures life-long learning and progression through the power of music making.

The project involved training a group of young people to achieve a Level 3 Education and Training qualification, they then became our Assistant Music Leaders.  These trainees would then help to run intensive music residencies during which time they would be teaching music to a group of young people in challenging circumstances.

Several of the Assistant Music Leader trainees have gone on to become part of the core delivery team at Pedestrian.  The project was delivered in 2 phases allowing time to pause and reflect in between to allow us to improve the programme where appropriate.

Evolve successes


We succeeded in training 8 young people to become Assistant Music Leaders allowing them to gain a Level 3 Education & Training qualification whilst supporting a delivery team.

We also succeeded in delivering music residencies to around 34 young people allowing them the opportunity to access high quality music-making activity, creating immediate and lasting impacts for their social development and musical progression.

Aaron Hira, one of our Assistant Music Leaders, gave us his account of his training and how he developed from a Trainee to a Tutor over the course of the programme:

“I began my journey as a music technology professional with no experience in educating young people. Upon applying to become an Assistant Music Leader I had no idea what I was about to embark on, nor did I realise how much I was about to learn."

"On my first day of training I was taken aback by the amount of variables that have to be taken into consideration when educating young people, especially vulnerable or challenging ones. Safeguarding, learning styles, group engagement and assessment styles were all new concepts that were essential to my development as an educator, as well as attributes I had to be familiar with before I even considered interacting with a young person."

"I encountered many young people through Evolve with a range of characteristics that had I not been properly trained, I would have had no idea how to manage. There was a very withdrawn young person who had been involved in a few criminal misdemeanours, a group of young lads from neighbouring villages who had the complete opposite musical taste to me as well as some young inner city girls who had never created music before. A very mixed bag, with unique characteristics that needed adhering to in order to engage them in their tasks. I found it tough to hit the deep end straight away, however, this was an experience that set me up to tackle any delivery and the additional training and 1-2-1 sessions helped me to deliver and support effectively."

"As a programme I thoroughly enjoyed Evolve, the young people were always surprising as you never knew the type of young people that would walk through the door. I also found that having something to work towards is always fulfilling, whether it be an arts award or the learners personal targets. It allowed me to share my skill set in the best way, to learners that really want to learn. Getting to be inventive with my delivery in order to tackle any barriers I may face with the learners personal/unique characteristics is probably the best part."

"As time went on I found my feet, with each Evolve delivery being a success (with all targets and contracted duties fulfilled) and I found myself being offered more and more delivery across Pedestrian’s various initiatives, and eventually becoming a Lead Tutor: setting my own standards, lesson plans and goals instead of facilitating a lead tutor."

"My personal target was to climb the ladder and begin to deliver my own sessions, this has now happened and long may it continue.”  

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