Rock On was a two-year music project for young people, delivered in youth clubs, housing support units and after-school clubs in the East Suffolk district – previously Waveney and Suffolk Coastal district areas.
Rock On offered rock and pop music and DJ sessions for young people, and were open to both complete beginners and those who wanted to develop existing skills and experience.
Sessions typically started with an informal, have-a-go period, followed by one-to-one tuition and then band practice.
There were several showcase opportunities for the young people to demonstrate their skills and talents, including public events at Skate Jams, a Christmas performance at the Seagull Theatre and in-house showcases in housing units and youth clubs.
All the sessions were delivered by professional music tutors, giving the participants the opportunity to benefit from their skills as teachers and their extensive experience of the music industry.
Over the course of the two years, Rock On delivered 126 sessions and engaged with over 160 young people. Participants learned to play musical instruments – principally guitar, drum and keyboards – developed vocal techniques, gained DJ skills in creating and performing mixes, and also developed composition and general performance skills and abilities.
Rock On was delivered in partnership with Access Community Trust, Lowestoft; CYDS, (Young People Taking Action) in Leiston and Saxmundham and Just 42 in Sutton Heath; sessions also took place at Alde Valley Academy in Leiston.
Designated youth workers from our partner organisations were actively involved in the sessions and trained with the music tutors to deliver Arts Awards; these increased skills, experience and knowledge will help sustain music making in youth settings, now that Rock On has come to an end.
Rock up ran between 2014 and 2017, during which we delivered weekly music workshops in Colville House Youth Club, Lowestoft.
We offered young people in challenging circumstances a range of ways to develop their musical talents and interests in a social setting.
Rock Up was a rock, pop and DJ music project for young people in Lowestoft which offered lots of different ways of getting into music. It was aimed at helping our students, from complete beginners to experienced musicians, to develop their own musical interests, skills and abilities.
During weekly sessions, our young people had the chance to pick up an instrument and play, receive one-to-one tuition with our talented music tutors, access online tutorials, take part in band practice with other young musicians, take part in public performances and digital showcases or work towards an Arts Award.