for more than 20 years Antony West has been a professional musician, teaching guitar in schools in both public and private sector.
What is the groove merchant project?
Groove merchant is a unique project funded by Southampton city council (music education services) and is a scheme designed to select the very best musician’s attending schools in the city aged 13 to 16 and through a programme of individual tuition and group rehearsals develop bands to performance (gigging) standard in the rock and popular music genre.
The pilot project started in September 05 resulting in the first bands performing to over 1000 people at schools all over the city and performing at local music events, venues and theatres. Also the project has attracted world class musicians such as Gerry Donahue (Fairport convention and the yarbirds) who has taken part in workshops and performances with each of the bands. Each year one of the bands has been successful in being chosen to perform at The National Festival for Youth, one of only 11 chosen nationally.
During 2007 we have performed for the National Music Council in London and incredibly invited to perform in the schools Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall (Nov ’07) A fantastic achievement by all involved.
Providing the best quality tuition and technical support required to help develop the project. This entails one to one tuition; arranging specific music scores and helping the bands learn how to rehearse effectively and to develop there stage presence. What we call ‘stagecraft’Tutors found they were able to employ there skills not only as instrumental teachers but also use there vast experience as performing artists to help prepare the bands for live performances. Teamwork, planning and the use of IT resources play an important role.
i eagerly look forward to the launch of the new 2012 edition of the rockschool graded study books and agree that students studying the the current guitar and bass versions are enjoying the up to date tunes and relevant scale and technical exercises. All students entered for exams are maintaining a 100% pass rate well done!
Also as part of my role as instrumental tutor working for the Southampton Music Service who provide top quality peripatetic music tuition for schools all over the city now use the Rockshool product exclusively as the main teaching resource. This allows the pupils progress to be easily integrated and moderated within the current music syllabus (especially yr.10 and 11) for more information on Rockschool you can visit their website www.rockschool.co.uk
Successful examination candidates receive an internationally recognised qualification which can contribute to UCAS points. These qualifications do correspond to the levels of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) further details can be found at www.qca.org.uk/NQFmore detail of all Rockschools accredited qualifications can be found at www.qca.org.uk/openequals.
since 1999 i have worked within the Southampton city councils education department who are responsible for the provision of instrumental tuition to all key stages at the schools in the city.I am involved in many aspects of teaching including 1 to 1 sessions, group lessons and helping to host special events. I attend regular training days and undergo a program of lesson observation and evaluation by a dedicated line manager. Activities and responsibilities include direct liaison with heads of department, employing lesson planning strategies and report writing. Teaching is subject to OFSTED inspection.
I invite all enquiries from schools, colleges, Local Education Authorities, company training schemes etc.I am confident that i have the knowledge and expertise to offer a wide variety of top quality music education services suited to your needs. I have vast experience in providing instrumental lessons in individual, group and performance rehearsal class situations.
The Musictech team
Groove Merchant band at the Royal