Rock Band Academy : What’s It All About ?
Rock Band Academy was created to help inspire people of all ages to engage in contemporary group music making. The idea is to make it easier and more fun for people to create music in a band – music that is relevant to them and even to create and record their own music.
You don’t need to have played for years or even at all to be able to get a groove going in a supportive group.
Too much music instruction involves a teacher and a student sitting in a room without all the instruments and people required to make the sound only a band can make.
Rock Band Academy is the opposite of this – get people in the same room and set that room on fire with musical creativity !!
Music technology is now more accessible than ever and allows anyone with a computer or smart phone/tablet to produce high quality recordings like never before. Students can now exhibit with pride their musical creations to the world.
Rock Band Academy uses the Musical Futures approach to teaching and learning. The approach reshapes the way that both students and teachers engage with music in an educational environment. Musical Futures is a model of self-directed learning that aims to enhance student motivation, enjoyment and skill-acquisition in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians. It is based on the research of Prof. Lucy Green and is a learning model that draws on the real-life learning practices of popular musicians.
Characteristics of Informal Learning:
- Students learn music that they choose, like and identify with
- Students learn by listening to and imitating recordings
- Students learn alongside friends and peers
- There’s a close relationship between listening, performing, improvising and composing
The Role of the Teacher/Coach Within Informal Learning:
- Stand back
Non Formal Teaching
Uses a range of approaches from whole-group composing and improvising, work shopping and small-group instrumental skill building.
Non formal teaching includes:
- Fully inclusive approach to music making
- Group-based activities in performing, listening, composing and improvising
- A sense of immediacy and exploration
- Music being caught not taught
- Music teachers/coaches play a lot, and explain very little
- Students and teachers co-constructing content
- Opportunities to develop non-cognitive skills, such as responsibility,empathy, support for others, creativity and improvising to find solutions
Changes to the way people access and engage with music has created a very different music learning environment from the one that existed even just a few years ago. Personalised playlists, music apps, You Tube lessons, affordable instruments and music production software are now more accessible than ever.
Rock Band Academy recognises and incorporates these changes creating a 21st century music learning environment.