The newest member of our All In Music team is singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist, Davey Hal.
When I first started tutoring at All In Music six months ago, I had a good idea of what this job would include. I knew I would be tutoring a lot of 1-to-1 sessions covering various instruments, but I happily found out there was much more to the role. After I got my feet on the ground I was able to take and create group sessions and work with other local charities in our area to include those who really wanted a chance to play music with some of those experiencing lessons for the very first time. It’s a great feeling and a privilege to be able to collaborate with other organisations to make a difference to a young person’s life.
Tutoring at All In Music has been a pleasure, as no day is the same when you’re experiencing a young person’s progress and seeing the enjoyment they get from learning something new through music. I’ve worked with pianists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, singers and songwriters of different ages and of different levels of experience; so you can imagine that each session is very refreshing and exciting to be involved in. I’ve also felt very welcomed and very much part of a team by the rest of the All In Music staff and everyone at the Southend YMCA from day one.
The most enjoyable part of working here, for me, is that we lead up to local events and fundraisers that we either organise ourselves to present to the public or we get involved with other existing local annual events such as Southend Makes Music, Leigh Folk Festival and Village Green to name a few. It gives us a huge sense of togetherness in our community and a great platform of opportunity to showcase all the fantastic work that the young people put into their music sessions.
Also, we have recently completed a 6-week music programme with Southend Young Carers, aged 11-15 which was an amazing experience. Watching them grow together each week and collaborate equally on an original song was fun for them and very special to see.
If I could pass on anything that I’ve learnt so far during my six months with All In Music to a fellow professional, it would be to understand that each individual young person has individual goals, ideas and interests within music. Establishing a young person’s level of musicianship early on during the first few sessions has been key for me to work towards personal goals and create ideas of how we can achieve them.
The sessions have been both fun and rewarding but most importantly, key to progressing themselves their way alongside your guidance, knowledge and inspiration. Don’t doubt your passion.
D. Hal - All In Music Tutor