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New Music Tuition Programme

A drive to develop an exciting, well-rounded music programme has seen the Academy team up with Intersales Music Teaching.

A wide variety of peripatetic lessons are now available to students, including guitar, saxophone, banjo, cello and piano.

The unique partnership between KSA and Intersales will enable students to learn from tutors who are also performing musicians.

There will also be an emphasis on shows and performances to develop students' talent through opportunities throughout the year.

In addition, all students at KSA have the opportunity to take part in a five-week Rock School, whether they are new to music or are more experienced musicians.

Rock School teaches budding musicians how to play in a band, develops their practise techniques and gives them the opportunity to play well-known songs. It culminates with a performance at the end of the course.

Music teacher Ruth Reider said: "We are trying to make music lessons more accessible to everybody so anyone can have a go and experiment with music. We've got lots of new instruments now available and we want KSA to start expressing itself in a musical way by starting things off with a bang.

"The aim is to have an orchestra established before we move over to the new building. We'd also like a band, a choir and any other club that students would like to set up.

"Music is great for stimulating the mind and it can help students to learn in different ways, which could aid their studies."

Miss Reider said around 40 students play an instrument but there are likely to be many more who she doesn't know about.

She said: "We want students to let us know what instrument they play so we can support them and get them involved in things.

"This is a call for all musicians to come forward so we can get some great music going at KSA.

"We'd like to collaborate with the concert bands in the Brooke Weston Partnership at joint events throughout the year."

Along with music instruments, students will also be able to access the mixing decks set up in the music department.

Music tuition leaflets are available from student reception and main reception.