Rock school's on track to expand
A new rock school has marked its first year in business by announcing plans to expand.
Rock Solid Academy was launched a year ago, offering young students weekend workshops in pop and rock music.
Trained drummer Adam Reeves runs the business jointly with vocalist Rebecca Smith.
He said he wants to launch new sessions in the coming months to meet demand from children who want to play in a band.
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Adam said: "We were able to launch the business with relatively little investment.
"We knew the format of the workshops we wanted to do and it was just a case of finding a suitable location and finding the staff, then advertising for students."
The academy opened in Quad Studios, in Friday Street, Leicester, last September, offering workshops and private tuition for children aged seven to 18.
The sessions don't just focus on teaching students how to play instruments, but also help them gain confidence on stage in front of audiences.
He said: "There's a big difference between banging away on a guitar in your bedroom, not getting anywhere, and performing on stage.
"All of our tutors are experienced and gigging musicians."
There are currently 20 students on the books and Adam wants to start some "Junior Rocks" workshops for younger children.
Adam, who is originally from Barrow on Soar, studied for a pop music degree in London before completing a teacher training course and becoming a teacher at a south London school.
He said he loved the experience but wanted to work outside the classroom more, so moved back to Quorn and teamed up with Rebecca.
He said: "This isn't my full-time income at the moment, but we've managed to make the workshops a success and pay wages.
"We are looking to expand this year to attract more students and offer more private tuition.
"Ideally, we would hope to have added a couple more workshops and we are also looking at taking travelling workshops into schools.
"Ultimately, it would be great if we could have our own premises."