Chil­dren in­tro­duced to school of rock

DAILY GRIND

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.’’

Photo: EMMA WHITTAKER

Mu­sic teacher Peter Rudd.

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