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
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!”
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.”