Monday, 02 August 2021

Real life school of rock for children

THE founder of a new rock music school in Charvil says he wants to help children

THE founder of a new rock music school in Charvil says he wants to help children to follow their dreams.

Harmeet Nandra gave up work as a development director in London to set up a branch of the Rock Project, which will hold weekly sessions at Charvil Primary School in Park Lane from this month.

Youngsters will be taught how to play the guitar, drums and bass as well as receiving singing lessons and being given the chance to play in their own pop or rock band.

Mr Nandra, 41, who is married with two sons, said: “My wife and I have a philosophy of encouraging our children to follow their hearts in whatever they want to achieve and I felt the time was right to do exactly the same.

“When I heard about the Rock Project I went along to see for myself the excellent work it does in helping young people develop and nurture their creativity.

“By developing a young person’s musicality you are also building their confidence and vision, which helps them grow into more rounded  individuals.”

Each session comprises an hour of professional tuition followed by a social hour where the students can get together to perform the songs they have learned.

Mr Nandra will be assisted by his brother in law Raj Puni, who plays the drums for a band called The Seasons In Shorthand.

Mr Puni, an audio engineer, said: “I was very shy as a young boy. Learning to play the drums gave me the confidence to believe in myself and come out of my shell while doing something I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to helping the Rock Project students have a similar experience.”

The sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 4pm to 6pm for seven- to 11-year-olds and 6pm to 8pm for 12- to 18-year-olds.

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