TEACHING MUSIC IN A NEW, EXCITING AND SOCIABLE WAY

SCHOOL OF ROCK:

SCHOOL OF ROCK

Learn to play your instrument in a new, exciting and sociable way! Make music with other young musicians with mentoring from our staff who are all active gigging and recording musicians. Record in our state-of-the-art recording studio. Perform your songs live to an audience!

 

Throughout the year give every band the chance of a live performance at Riverbank. As well as this, each band gets a session in the recording studio and a chance to lay down the tracks you’ve learned. Parents are invited to School of Rock Showcase events, with a chance for every band to play a full show to an audience.

Our School of Rock terms line up roughly with the school terms, and sessions run once a week on Thursday evening for 1.5 hours. Each term consists of 6 sessions across 6 weeks and the terms will roll on continuously throughout the year.

Session times and pricing below:

Session Times:

  • Thursdays 5:30pm - 7:00pm (£8 per session)

(Please note, if the cost is an issue then please get in touch as we do have a subsidy programme to help those who are struggling to afford music tuition. We’ll just ask you to fill out a quick form to see if you’re eligible. For more information e-mail Tom at contact@riverbankchippenham.co.uk)

To apply for a course please fill in this form or click the button below. All applicants will be invited in for a quick induction to meet us; this also gives us a chance to see which group you are best suited for. Once you’ve applied we’ll notify you of the audition and all the necessary details.

See below for our frequently asked questions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What makes School Of Rock different to other music lessons and projects?

Our sessions are held in a state-of-the-art recording and rehearsal studio with high quality instruments, amps and equipment. As well as teaching important musical skills, we recognise the positive impact that playing music with others can have on young people's social lives and believe there is great value in group-based music tuition. We teach and encourage everyone to write their own material and express themselves in their own way, as well as learning famous songs. Our separate rehearsal rooms allow bands and musicians to spend quality time focusing on their songs and musical skills in a safe, professional environment. The studio was built as a specialist youth provision which has been running for 8 years, so is safe and well equipped to cater for young people.

Do I need to play an instrument already?

Ideally yes. We would recommend one-to-one tuition for absolute beginners, until you have built up the basics and are ready to start playing with a band. We have a mix of beginners and more advanced students on our courses, and invite all musicians in for an informal chat before you start to make sure we find the group that best suits you. We also have our own equipment so if you don’t have an instrument of your own or can’t bring it with you - we’ve got you covered!

How do I apply?

Just fill in this form and we'll be in touch!

Where will it take place?

All sessions will be held at our studios in Chippenham. We are located within the Olympiad Leisure Centre, and parking is available. We have three fully equipped rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and a performance space. All our members of staff are trained music industry professionals and the course is led by Tom & Guy who are also trained youth workers. All staff members have up-to-date DBS checks and safeguarding training.

Does the School of Rock count towards any qualification?

The course doesn't provide an official qualification, however all sessions are taught in accordance to the guidelines set by the RockSchool syllabus.

I'm interested in the School of Rock but cost is an issue, can I still apply?

Yes! We are working in partnership with Wiltshire Music Connect to provide subsidised tuition to people who are struggling to afford it otherwise. We have to ask you a few questions to check your eligibility but if you are interested in learning more about the subsidy then please get in touch and we will send you an application.

School Of Rock is funded by Youth Music, Wiltshire Council, Chippenham Area Board, Music For All, Jack Lane Charitable Trust, Chippenham Town Council & Wiltshire Music Connect.