At Longford School of Rock, we do not prepare students for music exams. We teach music so that students can make music, play with other students and perform music in public — whether that public is their friends, family, school or a dedicated audience. Students are taught in small groups and are encouraged to play contemporary music and music of their own preference.
These programs are 1 hour long and do not involve any structured performance. They are orientated towards absolute beginners or students playing less than two years.
Beginners only: Basic chords, scales, sight-reading and practice of appropriate music.
Beginner: Basic chords, strumming techniques, play in time and practice of appropriate music. Some singing involved.
Intermediate: More advanced chords, music theory, picking techniques, strumming techniques and practice of appropriate music. Option to learn electric guitar, basic sound engineering and basic stage craft. Some singing involved.
For students who are preparing to play with other musicians. Basic introduction to bass techniques, chords, strumming, fingerstyle. Developing awareness of the bass guitar’s role in ensemble playing.
Ukulele Orchestra: For students who want to perform in a group. Develop more advanced chord structures and performance techniques. Learning song arrangements and singing in harmony.
Beginner: Learning the basics of using a drum kit, play and understand rhythm groupings (whole, ½, ¼ notes etc.), maintaining rhythm, playing in different time signatures (4/4, 2/4, 3/4) and basic fill patterns.
Intermediate: Learning more complex time signatures, groove, stage craft and learning how to play with other musicians.
Ensemble & Collaborative Programmes
Pitch & Pulse
This is an ideal way to introduce children to music making through ‘play’. Discover music shape, sound and rhythm through singing, games and activities. No previous experience or instruments required.
Light My Choir
Love singing but need encouragement? Light My Choir is a great way to introduce children to music making. It supports them to develop more understanding of their voice, tone, pitch and harmony. They make friends, have fun singing and performing contemporary pop classics. Includes an end-of-term public performance.
Band Jam is a two-hour session for young musicians to play music with others and practice towards group and orchestral performances. Students with any instrument are welcome to participate but we specifically cater for the following: keyboard, acoustic-electric-bass guitars, drums, ukulele and singers. Musicians learn a repertoire of contemporary songs and are assigned to bands to develop performances. All musicians also rehearse for an end-of-year rock orchestra concert held in Backstage.
Digital Music Production & Sound Engineering Sound Lab
Ideal for musicians or music enthusiasts who want to record and produce and publish electronic music. Learn how to use digital music software to record music / voice, mic tracks, use appropriate microphones for different applications and operate sound desks/mixing console.
Film MakingPoint-of-View Film Makers
A basic introduction to film-making. Learn script-writing, cinematography, camera operations, lighting, editing and acting. Each student will be required to participate in all aspects of the film-making process, work collaboratively and produce a short film. Camera equipment will be supplied. Film out-puts will be screened in Backstage theatre in April 2020.