Friday, December 15, 2006

Roundhouse

The Roundhouse Venue in Camden re-opened in July this year and what an
amazing place.I have been involved with the education Department since
it's opening.The facilities are really top drawer.I have just finished
teaching on the Autumn term of student classes.Each weekend there's a
Percussion Project called the Roundhouse Beat Band that I lead with
young students playing and learning the rudiments of Drumming plus having
a lot of fun maybe putting percussion to film soundtracks.One weekend
we even sat in and watched the soundcheck of Artist playing in the London
Jazz Festival.This gave the students a close up view of one of the most
incredible drummers on the international scene i.e Vinnie Coliuta who
was performing with Herbie Hancock upstairs at the Roundhouse in the main
Venue.The last 2 weeks have seen the centre involved with taster classes
in some of the activities on offer.Radio Broadcasting,Music Production,
Live Jam which is a course that involves helping young musicians to form
their own bands and compose original music.
80 students have taken part in the percussion classes that have involved
local schools.Hopefully the courses on offer will attract more students
to have these experiences next year.

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