By Geraldine Bloustien, Margaret Peters
Thisbookoffers an evocative cross-cultural exploration into the standard lives and track practices of youngsters from their very own huge social, cultural and ethnic views. formative years from seven city locales in Australia, the united kingdom, the USA and Europe rfile and give some thought to their very own studying techniques and song actions.
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Our work aimed to fill this gap by providing longitudinal comparative detail through detailed, grounded documentation and informed interpretation. In Adelaide, South Australia and in Newcastle, New South Wales the research team identified at least four significant CBOs (amongst many possibilities) within our selected research sites. These were youth arts organisations, both government and privately funded, that we realised could be understood as alternative learning venues and so would be invaluable as primary case-study locales.
Indeed, the original plan was hatched in the lounge room of a small London flat as the three researchers excitedly compared notes and thought about ways to extend and compare their own work with what young people were doing in Australia, the UK, Europe and the USA. 13 In fact, even before what is in most Western countries the legislated minimum age for leaving school, many young people had expressed their disaffection by regular absenteeism, leaving their formal schooling early without recognised skills, job or career path to go to.
Two types of DJ/music technology workshops were running in Margate at the end of 2003 when we first contacted the organisation with project leaders Matt Smyth (D’Expressions) and Darren Edney (Danehill Productions). The first was a series of six workshops held at Holy Trinity Church, Millmead for young people from ‘The Estate’. The second program of workshops began in December at the temporary studio in the PFM building. This program, called The Zone, continued to be held fortnightly as intensive workshops for a small number of young people from East Kent interested in improving their DJ and music technology skills.