Rocksteady Music School is set upon leading a revolution in the way that music is being both taught and also enjoyed in Primary schools, and with a focus on making it fun, relevant and accessible to all children at these key formative years. As it is now generally acknowledged as fact that the learning of music can have clear, tangible and positive benefits on a child’s overall academic achievement and self-confidence, Rocksteady’s groundbreaking and award-winning inter-schools programme could not be more timely or important.
Founded in 2007, Rocksteady’s highly-trained team of musicians are currently tutoring 10,000 children between the ages of four and eleven and at more than 350 Primary schools right across the south of England. The essence of the Rocksteady experience is that children are introduced to the joy of making music, or to begin with even just being able to unleash a gleeful noise, from within the more contemporary and vibrant set-up of a rock or pop band. Not only does this bring music to vivid life for them, but it also encourages such crucial additional learnings as team-work, resilience and communication.
The start of the process is when a Rocksteady team is invited into a school to run a free music assembly and which is inclusive to every pupil. In these lively, fast-paced and inspirational sessions, children are brought together into bands and shown just how much can be accomplished in a half-hour.
If the school chooses to ask Rocksteady back, parents can sign up their children to ongoing, affordable and weekly Rocksteady-led music lessons. Through the course of these, children choose their preferred instrument, select between them a band name, and progress through Rocksteady’s enjoyment-based coaching and rehearsal sessions to making their own music. Ultimately, they then get to perform this to their teachers, fellow pupils and parents at a special end-of-term concert.
Rocksteady provides all of the instruments that are used - and including Fender electric guitars, Yamaha drum-kits and keyboards, and Spider vocal microphones - and also produces for the children high-quality videos of their rehearsals and crowning performance.
Overall, the Rocksteady programme has demonstrable and wide-ranging benefits. Participating schools have their offering enhanced and in way that improves pupils’ academic and social skills. Parents can witness the satisfaction, confidence and sense of accomplishment their child derives from learning new skills. Most importantly, for the children it is an opportunity to work, learn, have fun and create together and in a way that is as cool as it is boundless.