Young Bedfordians can get their groove on this semester with two new weekly sessions launched by the Bedford Music Hub.
Bedford Rock School runs on Thursdays and Digital Beats, a DJ school, runs on Wednesdays.
The workshops take place at Castle Newnham School and are open to students aged 12 to 18 with prior knowledge of third grade or higher.
The Sound Garage’s Ben Garraway will lead the Rock School. He said: “There is no link between self-learning and success as a musician.
“We hope to fill this gap, give students the opportunity to meet other like-minded musicians while teaching them many important skills that will help them in the real world or get a place in college or university.”
He added, “The hub’s new equipment and Castle Newnham School facilities are brilliant. We have purchased some new e-drum kits and backline equipment, which means that we can initially offer 30-40 student places.
“We hope to work closely with the Bedford Music Hub, local venues, private music teachers, school music departments and the Bedford Music Co-op.”
The Rock School sessions on Thursday are from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and are open to guitarists, bassists and drummers. Singers and keyboard players can join in from January.
In addition to weekly sessions and regular concerts, there will be masterclasses and jam nights that are open to everyone.
The Digital Beats courses start in September and are run by Music Hub partner Musical Seeds. They also take place at Castle Newnham School and take place on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The lessons are aimed at 9-16 year olds.
Musical Seeds want to make DJing more accessible to young Bedfordians. Students learn to hang up with controllers and turntables. There will also be local performance opportunities.
Musical Seeds Director Mark Louisy said, “This is a really fantastic time for young people and local music education.
“Weekly sessions where they learn how to hang up, mix, scratch and sample, and the principles of music.
“DJing is now widely accepted as a musical instrument with students being able to perform at GCSE level and our tutors are keen to share their skills and knowledge to develop the next generation of DJs.”
Bedford Rock School and Digital Beats will also collaborate on regular concerts, master classes and jam nights that anyone can come to and support.
To sign up for Bedford Rock School or Digital Beats, email [email protected] or call 01234 718088.
There is a £ 50 Rock School and £ 60 Digital Beats fee. There are discounts available for those who qualify.
You can find more information about the Rock School here.
Information about Digital Beats and Rock School can be found here.