Brothers to open rock music school

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By JulieGK | Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 13:56

Musical stars of the future could get on a fast track to stardom with a real life 'school of rock'.

Life-long music lovers, brothers Dominic Gamble-Kempe and Jerome Kempe think they have the answer for budding Bucks musicians when they open two Clive's Easylearn Pop Music Schools in Amersham and Chesham in September.

The schools (for children aged seven and over) train students in pop and rock music on guitar, bass, drums and keyboards.

The one-hour lessons, which begin with a 45-minute Easylearn session during which the students learn from unique Easylearn course material and which end in a 15-minute Easyjam session during which the students and tutors all play together as a band, teach students how to play their instrument first, bringing in theory later.

Dominic, 36, a solicitor by day who also plays in Chesham-based band Loose Covers, said: "We know the area is full of great musical talent. We want our students to learn to play something new and have fun with it rather than have boring lessons.

"Most kids are put off by the difficult theory. Obviously you can't avoid it and theory is introduced in the first few months but by this time the kids can already play the instrument so they don't get bored. Jerry and I hope that fulfilling our dreams will help today's local music-minded kids and teenagers to rock out and realise theirs."

Father-of-two Jerome, 34, a distribution manager, said: "All the Easylearn Music Schools follow the same rigid teaching formula. Students follow a structured, modular course in their chosen instrument, which usually takes about 18 months to complete.

"The Easyjam sessions allow students to play as a band from day one, which will give them huge confidence, plus playing with other kids is more exciting than practising on your own.

"I just wish something like this had existed when I was a kid."

Clive's Easylearn Pop Music Schools originated in Southampton in 1981 and is now the fastest-growing part-time pop music schools chain in the UK with over 75 outlets.

It won the HSBC Award for Enterprise at the Franchisor of the Year event in 2007 and this year, Managing Director Sophie Brooks won the Woman Franchisor of the Year 2010 at the first annual Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards.

Clive Brooks, director and founder of the national pop school network said: "We've done away with the boring theory and made music-making simple, fun and direct. Our Easylearn courses are unique. Tutors love them because they're easy to teach, and customers love them because they're easy to understand and over the last 30 years they've proved themselves with over 10,000 people."

Weekly lessons will run at Amersham Common Village Halls, White Lion Road, in Amersham on Saturday mornings from 9.30am and then on Saturday afternoons at 1st Chesham Scout Group Headquarters, East Street in Chesham from 2.30pm.

Free no-obligation taster sessions will be held at an enrolment day on Saturday, September 17, at 1st Chesham Scout Group Headquarters from 1pm.

The brothers are also creating considerable excitement within the area's community of musicians, with the unique offer of unusual and part-time jobs for local talented people who want to train to become tutors at the new schools.

For further details click here, email or call Dominic on 07757 780169.



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