Children introduced to school of rock
Rudd teaches within schools as well as privately.
‘‘There are some schools that have excellent music programmes.
‘‘Unfortunately it gets sidelined a bit. If there is a pressure on space, maybe the music room gets converted into a classroom.
‘‘But in terms of tuition, students still love it. I reckon there is more demand than ever.
‘‘As much as we condemn it, things like The Voice and X Factor tend to get kids thinking: ‘ Wow I could be like that’.
‘‘Not everyone can be Lorde but you can have a go and have fun.’’
Learning an instrument isn’t all fun and games though.
‘‘When kids start off, the first term is really hard.
‘‘Imagine a little 7-year-old learning the guitar, trying to hold down the strings and their fingers hurt.
‘‘But once they get over that initial hurdle and they’ve got the basics it’s just – wow.
‘‘Most modern songs are only four or five chords. If you can play those you can play Taylor Swift,’’ he says.
There is no right age to start learning an instrument, Rudd says.
His students have ranged in age from 5 to 75.
Individual lessons tend to work better, he says. ‘‘ An instrument is a technical thing to learn and when you’ve got a group of kids talking over each other and trying to play over each other, it doesn’t work.’’
Music teacher Peter Rudd.