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King’s Lynn Academy becomes school of rock

Local band The Beta Test are now involved with the music department at King's Lynn Academy. The band perform in assembly. LtoR - David Maddison (bass), Jake Graham (drums) and Simon Benefer (lead guitar/vocals)

Local band The Beta Test are now involved with the music department at King's Lynn Academy. The band perform in assembly. LtoR - David Maddison (bass), Jake Graham (drums) and Simon Benefer (lead guitar/vocals)

King’s Lynn Academy is leading the way in music lessons after a collaboration with local band, Beta Test, who will be offering students lessons in their chosen instrument.

This new and innovative approach will see the band offering students the chance to take part in a free two-week trial where all students can sign up to try their hand at instrumental lessons.

Music teacher, Jordan Matthews, said “We hope that this fresh approach to instrumental tuition entices students to try something new and we are encouraging students to support this new and exciting way to teach music.

“We are thrilled to have Beta Test on board and look forward to working with them to enhance the opportunities for students here at Kings Lynn Academy.”

Beta Test will be offering lessons in electric guitar, drums, bass guitar, keyboard or piano, classical guitar and vocals. These are currently being offered on a two week free trial, open to all students, so they can see just how much fun learning an instrument can be.

Students studying GCSE Music will also have an extra lesson each week with the band, which will be paid for by the Academy.

Pupils have been given the opportunity to watch the band rock out as part of their interview process and more recently at house assemblies where they played music by Biffy Clyro and One Republic. Their aim was to show students how talented the band, made up of local gigging musicians, are and how good the sessions will be.

Alongside these lessons, the music department is also offering an array of free musical after school groups including Vocal Group, who played on the main stage at Festival Too last year, Rock Band and Music Production Club, who use the Mac Suite at the Academy to create, write, record, master and publish students’ own music.

 

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