Longford’s School of Rock

Following on from a successful session in Autumn, Longford’s very own School of Rock is back in session.

Developed in partnership with the Longford Schools Completion Programme, School of Rock takes place on Saturday afternoons in Templemichael College, and provides a relaxed, informal environment for young musicians and bands. The course involves tuition in instruments and vocal training from experienced musicians, learning band management skills, and capacity-building and networking. It concludes with the creation of a live music event and music programme.

“It’s for young people who are passionate about music and it allows them to engage with like-minded kids instead of just playing in the bedroom,” says School of Rock’s co-ordinator, Shane Crossan. “With formal music lessons they don’t get any exposure or the chance to play with other musicians. School of Rock also allows them to do this, while enhancing their social and networking skills, as well as improving their confidence.

“All the young people taking part get the chance to perform together, and we have an outlet for their talents through our link to the Little Blue Room – a local music venue which holds daytime gigs on Saturdays for young bands.”

The first term of School of Rock took place between November 28th and December 15th of last year, and from small beginnings it quickly became a success.

“In our first week, we had seven young people but by the third week we had 27, and at present we have six tutors, who teach guitar, drums, piano, and voice. It’s worked well. One of the biggest surprise fo me was the enthusiasm the tutors have for it; it’s something they would have liked to have had themselves when they were growing up.”

The second term of School of Rock began on January 14th with an expanded format which will last 10 weeks. It costs €45 per person, and is open to all secondary school students in Co Longford.

“The money will go towards financing a one-week summer school we intend to run,” Shane adds, before thanking the Principal of Templemichael College, Sorcha Nic Dhonnacha, and Co Longford Arts Officer, Fergus Kennedy, for their support.

For more information on School of Rock, contact Shane Crossan on 087 4144082 or shane@lscplongford.com. School of Rock also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/longfordschoolofrock.