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

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.the­rock­pro­ To con­tact Mark email him at bucks@ the­rock­pro­ or call 07545 828590.

Rock on: Mark Pat­tin­son launches The Rock Project at four lo­ca­tions in te county this month

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