National School Music Empowerment Program Focuses on Birmingham

A music empowerment program currently running in more than 1,000 primary schools in the UK, where tens of thousands of children are taught music, is set to head to Birmingham next month.

Rocksteady Music School is the world’s largest peripatetic rock school, coming to the city’s schools in April to teach music in a band setting to elementary school children.

The school will strive to give Brummie young people the opportunity to learn to play music together, enable children to learn to play an instrument and provide an inclusive program accessible to all pupils, while supporting and contributing to well-being to academic progress; with scholarships, student grant and funded options available.

What is Rocksteady Music School?

Founded in 2007, Rocksteady has become a leading light in elementary school music education, teaching tens of thousands of children each week and reaching hundreds of thousands more through its in-house foundation. In addition to musical advancement, classes are designed to be inclusive and increase confidence and well-being.

15 years ago, visionary music teacher and Rocksteady founder Mark Robinson discovered that music education in a band environment using child-led practices not only accelerates the speed of musical progress, but can have a life-changing impact on people’s self-confidence, resilience and well-being. children. In a recent survey* 100% of Heads said Rocksteady had a significant positive effect on their students.

Today Rocksteady teaches in over 1,000 UK primary schools in the UK, serving tens of thousands of pupils every week, and in September 2021 Rocksteady Music School and Trinity College London launched a new and more inclusive music qualification for primary school children in Years 5 and 6 in the UK, and in February, they announced that more elementary school children have enrolled in Rocksteady Music Schools’ “exam-free” music qualification than were enrolled in A-level music last year.

Rocksteady Music School teaches over 1,000 UK primary schools in the UK

With the new Rocksteady qualification – ‘Music Performance in Bands’ awarded by Trinity Music College, enrollments surpass 6,000 students, which is more than 1,000 more than the 2021 summer enrollments for Music A-Level.

This revolutionary Ofqual regulated ‘exam free’ music qualification is available at UK primary schools offering Rocksteady. Children are given a qualification based on skills observed in the lessons, rather than on a one-time exam or an achievement at the end of the year.

Rachel Hawker, Rocksteady’s director of education, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to enroll so many children who would otherwise probably not choose or have the opportunity to work towards a music qualification at this primary age.

“Because the program is designed around our existing technology, including child-led pedagogy and a quality assurance infrastructure, children continue to enjoy all the fun and wellness benefits of their Rocksteady classes without any distraction or stress from feeling as if they are being measured.”


For program information, visit www.rocksteadymusicschool.com.

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