New rock school launches in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 15:56 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:00 23 February 2018

Creator of The Rock Project Hertfordshire Angela Han. Picture: Supplied.

Creator of The Rock Project Hertfordshire Angela Han. Picture: Supplied.

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A new rock school opened in Hatfield this week, but the founder is not Jack Black!

Classically trained musician Angela Han is behind The Rock Project Hertfordshire, which will teach seven to 18-year-olds how to sing, play drums, guitar, bass and perform in a rock band.

Angela explained that she wanted to inspire young people to take up music by making the school fun and relevant.

“I feel it is important that every child has a strong musical foundation in their lives,” she said.

She learned piano and violin while growing up in China and taught music while living in the USA.

The mother also taught her son how to play both instruments.

Angela added: “Moving to England, I wanted to help bring music into the lives of even more young people which is the motivation behind The Rock Project.”

During the two-hour classes, students will learn all types of popular music from rock classics to contemporary chart-topping favourites, tutored by professional gigging musicians.

“All of the tutors are musicians who play in bands, so they have that blend of musical skills and performance,” Angela said.

“This combination will help the students grow in confidence as well as developing their musical skills.”

The pupils will learn to play in front of their tutor, band mates, and finally will play during a big end of year rock concert.

Classes will be divided into juniors, for seven to 11, and seniors aged 12 to 18.

One half of each two-hour session involves the pupils being tutored in their chosen instrument, while in the second part they put what they’ve learnt into practice to come together and play as a band.

The first session took place on Monday, February 19, and will continue on Mondays in St Philip Howard Primary School, in Hatfield.

The junior session will take place from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, and the senior one from 6.45pm to 8.45pm.

• For more information contact Angela Han or Andy Collins on 07340 688525, email herts@therockproject.com or through the website www.TheRockProject.com

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