Last month, a study study  ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music,  found that long term musical education is still too often the preserve of the rich.

ARK Kings Academy is helping to change this situation through its innovative Band Musicianship programme, which gives every student  the chance to learn singing, guitar (including bass guitar), keyboard and drum-kit before performing at an end of year concert. Band Musicianship proved so successful in its first year that ARK Kings Academy decided to expand  the programme, with students in years 7-9 able to access expert tuition.

Paul Bull, Head of Music at ARK Kings said:

“We developed Band Musicianship at ARK Kings Academy so that every student has the chance to learn a musical instrument, regardless of their family circumstances. Thanks to Band Musicianship, we are seeing students from a wide range of backgrounds take up learning a musical instrument and developing as well-rounded individuals.”

Meet ARK Kings’ Newest Band Musicians 

ARK Kings Academy Band Musicianship student
Sheima, Year 7, ARK Kings Academy Band Musicianship student

Sheima on Band Musicianship:

“I’m finding Band Musicianship really enjoyable. We did music at primary school but it wasn’t like this. With Band Musicianship you get to learn different instruments where as at primary you were stuck with just one or two. My ambition is to learn the drums and make lots of noise on my own drum kit!”

Year 7 ARK Kings Academy Band Musicianship student
Louis, Year 7, ARK Kings Academy Band Musicianship student

Louis on Band Musicianship:

“I’ve found Band Musicianship really helpful so far. We had music lessons at my primary school but it was quite expensive, which meant not everyone took part. I want to learn electric guitar because I want to try and form my own band. My sister plays keyboard and my little brother plays drums. They’re younger than me but they’re pretty good! I’m sure that if there was anything new I wanted to do at ARK Kings I’m sure the school would help me to do it.”

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At ARK Kings Academy we aim to ensure that through the years your child is with us they are well prepared academically and socially for further and higher education and the career of their choice. This is a community school serving its local community – a school that meets the needs of each of its students and has the highest expectations of each and every one of them to do well. We are in the business of transforming the life chances of every student who comes to this school. We unashamedly focus on academic excellence and focus on every child achieving highly in subjects that will serve them well beyond school and into the next stage of their education and into their careers.

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