Great News – for local young musicians


The great news is about the new rock and pop workshops for 7-11 year olds starting in Knaphill. Surrey’s renowned Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is launching an exciting new series of Saturday workshops at Woking Youth Arts Centre (WYAC), on Trinity Road, Knaphill, Woking, starting in May.

The workshops will give young people the chance to learn an instrument and be part of their own band. Even if they’ve never played an instrument before, pupils aged 7-11 can pick up the guitar, bass, drums or sing: they can then form their own group, jamming to contemporary rock and pop songs, and perhaps pen some of their own future hits in the process.

The course – known as ACM Junior – will take place at Woking Youth Arts Centre, (WYAC, Trinity Road, Knaphill, GU21 2SY) starting on Saturday 7 May. The workshops last for two hours: an hour of expert tuition, followed by an hour spent playing along to songs. During the week, students can practice online with ACM’s Virtual Tutor teaching system. Term ends with a concert for family and friends, where students can show off their skills! ACM Junior also gives opportunities for team-building, personal and communication skills.

ACM’s Woking programme is being run by local musician and composer Neal Leggett, a father of two with his own recording studio in the area. Speaking about ACM Junior, Neal said, “I’m really excited about opening ACM Junior in Woking.  From my teaching experience with this age group I know how much progress they make when they learn songs they are familiar with.  That, coupled with the live band sessions means I know kids are going to have a great music learning experience and most importantly have fun along the way”.

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ACM Junior is based on the hugely successful part-time youth programme at ACM’s main campus in Guildford. This is the latest stimulating initiative from an Academy already described by the Sunday Times as “changing the face of music tuition”. Awarded the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (innovation category) in 2008, ACM UK alone is home to 1,200 full-time and 400 part-time students, and offers some of the most innovative music industry education currently available in the world. With additional campuses across Europe, South Africa and the US, high profile alumni include Amelle Berrabah (Sugababes) and number-1-album-selling Newton Faulkner. In addition, ACM has produced a multitude of musicians, producers and business executives who are now enjoying commercial and personal success.
OPEN DAY at the main Guildford Campus on Saturday 26th March 11- 3 pm to find out more about the range of ACM Courses.
The Academy of Contemporary Music, Rodboro Buildings, Bridge Street, Guildford, GU1 4SB 01483 500800


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