Musical youth: school of rock opens in Bucks
Founder promises Rock Project will enhance youngsters’ social skills and increase their self confidence as well as teaching music
WITH the opening of a brand new rock school in Buckinghamshire this month, it will be a career full circle for its founder Mark Pattinson.
Mark, a former business development consultant, is reviving his musical skills to open The Rock Project in four locations across the county.
The Rock Project will enable seven to 18-yearolds learn guitar, drums, bass or vocals, tutored by professional, working musicians. The students will also play together as a band.
With a degree in music, opening the schools will see 51-year-old Mark return to his early talents.
“The Rock Project is much more than just teaching children how to sing or play an instrument, it enhances their social skills, self-confidence, circle of friends and creativity,” he said.
“It brings together children of all ages and backgrounds who may not have met otherwise and allows them to develop friendships and a mutual enjoyment of music in a nurturing environment.”
Mark, who lives in Windsor with wife Sian, played the piano from the age of seven but said it wasn’t until he played in bands as a teenager that his love for music really developed.
“One-to-one sessions are good, but they can be quite boring after a while and to start with, the piano lessons were something my parents chose rather than me,” he said.
“As I got older I realised it was a great skill to have and once I started playing in bands it became much more fun, exciting and creative.
“I wasn’t exactly shy, but I was fairly quiet as a boy and playing in bands really boosted my confidence.”
After graduating from the University of Keel with a music degree, Mark took a different career route into business development, which included pharmaceutical, dental and medical consultancy.
“I never forgot those days of performing all the classics from The Beatles or Rolling Stones to the Undertones and The Jam. It made it a great period of my life,” Mark added.“Thanks to The Rock Project I get to rekindle my love of music, which coupled with my business management background will hopefully prove to be a recipe for success.”
The weekly sessions will be divided into a junior session for 7-11 year olds and a senior session for 11-18 year olds. Instruments will be supplied.
Half of the two-hourlong sessions will provide tuition on bass, gui- tar, drums or vocals, while the second half will bring the students together to hone their skills as a band up on stage.
The Rock Project Buckinghamshire will take place every week in Wooburn Green, Langley, Stoke Poges and High Wycombe.
For further details visit www.therockproject.com. To contact Mark email him at bucks@ therockproject.com or call 07545 828590.
Rock on: Mark Pattinson launches The Rock Project at four locations in te county this month