Yard 1 Workshops Workshops

Workshops and Teaching:

Yard 1 studios is very much a community based studio and as such supports the community, the young people who live in it are very close to our heart and a great part of the reason behind the studios beginnings. We were amongst the first in the country to use Music production  as a way to engage with young people, using hidden learning technics to improve Literacy, IT, numeracy, decision making, creativity and employability while working on improving their confidence and aspirations.

We offer a range of workshops and lessons, from 1 to 1 sessions to larger groups, young or old and with varying abilities! These workshops are frequently used by youth groups, schools and other educational facilities. All workshops can contribute towards qualifications such as AQAs and ASDANS which we can accredit here at Yard 1.  We can also bring our workshops and expertise to you with portable recording equipment and a range of instruments.

All our staff are professionals, we do what we teach for a living so can give a real insight into how things are done in a professional industry.

Instrumental lessons -

We can teach and can arrange for tuition of a large number of musical instruments ranging from drums to guitars and piano to trumpet, we also offer vocal coaching. All our tutors are highly trained in their various instruments and have a wealth of teaching experience. Please contact us for more info. / Vocal -

This workshop focuses on lyric writing and delivery skills. Guidance and practical assistance is given throughout the workshop (young people with reading or writing difficulties will be assisted). Once the song is written participants record over a backing track to produce a CD they can take away with them.

Music Production -

This workshop aims to give
participants an insight into how modern music is made. As well as achieving a basic level of music software literacy, the session gives the opportunity to create a piece of music to take away on CD.

Graphic Art -

This workshop enables the
participant to plan an art project
using computer programmes to create a final piece. Design your own CD covers and posters, logos and brochures.

Film/Multimedia Workshops -

Creating various media using modern day techniques, using video cameras, green screen and animation. A popular workshop is creating a TV advert or a film trailer. -

This workshop enables those taking part to learn to the art of DJ’ing. Using Technics 1210 industry standard turntables, participants are taught mixing and ‘scratching’ skills.

Scriptwriting Workshop -

This is a new workshop, in the workshop the participant learns how to plan write and follow a short film script. This can then be performed and recorded in the film production workshop (please see below.)

Yard 1 music workshops Workshops



Gareth MacIver. Assistant Principal Marland School

As a school for students displaying extreme behaviours because of Social, Emotional and or Behavioural difficulties (BESD) we offer our students individualised timetables. This allows us to meet their needs, and hopefully give them the best possible start in adult life. We work in partnership with local providers, however sadly some providers can not engage our students because of the complexity of need. Yard 1 has been a great partner and the approach Tom and his team take when working with our students is exemplary. They engage, challenge and stimulate our students. It is a provision that Marland School will buy into for the foreseeable future.
The staff are happy to work with both groups or individuals and take an approach that is person centred and follows the Every Child matters Agenda. I will certainly be continuing my work with Tom and his team in the future.

Matt Wilcox. Operations Manager Devon Youth Offending Service.

The Youth Offending service have been using Yard 1 for a number of years now and we have always found it be a professional set up which is highly praised by my staff and the young people we send to you. Only last week one of our clients commented in a meeting that his two sessions with you were not only the best thing he did on his order but ranked as one of the best things he’d done in his life. Many of them would identify these activities as part of their culture but have little or no way of participating in them at the moment, particularly those who are excluded from education or whom live on the most deprived estates in Bideford and Barnstaple. I therefore wish you all the best in your endeavours and look forward to working with you again in the future.

Ronnie Jackson Tanner, Tina Ley, YISP ( Youth Inclusion Support Programme)

At YISP (Youth Inclusion Support Programme) we regularly use the services of Yard 1. As combinations of elements such as music and lyric are a great aid to learning and memory development.
A lot of the young people we work with have experienced a sense of failure in mainstream education particularly in the area of literacy. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy or a wariness of exploring their emotional intelligence. Yard 1 gives them a space to do this in a creative way. The processes used cause them to reflect on their lives, their values and the type of person they aspire to be. It can also be a safe place to vent frustrations and perceived injustices in their lives through the writing of lyrics for the music they produce. I believe they feel listened to in Medias they can enjoy and relate to and respond well to the respect they are shown there by all the workers.

Claire Eason-Bassett. BBC Blast / Event Cornwall

I found yard 1 to be responsive and responsible delivering creative workshops that challenged the participants in such a way as to develop their skills and enable them to experiment. Your team are clearly more than proficient in the technology and this is partnered by a professional, friendly approach. I really appreciated that fact that you ‘got’ the whole event and could see the match with your own aims too. I would be delighted to work with Yard 1 again in the future should the right opportunity arise.

Bea Farris. Pilton community College

‘Tom was extremely helpful when it came to organising our day. Nothing was too much trouble. He spent time listening to what we needed and organised an unforgettable experience for twenty of our pupils. We arrived early on a frosty Saturday morning. Everything was already set up inside. Kids starting working straight away on their lyrics and musical arrangement. Most of them had never been in a music studio and they were amazed. They loved finding out about the cutting edge equipment. Their favourite bit was being able to sample their own sounds! Also, we wanted to integrate French and German in the lyrics. The staff just took the foreign language theme and rolled with it. The brilliant CD we were given at the end of the session will remind us of the day for years to come!’