The Sound Emporium
Type Of Organisation: Working with individual artists
Imagine you went to Glastonbury Festival
Had a lesson with Jack Black at The School of Rock
Popped into a Hard Rock Cafe run by Jimi Hendrix and
Recorded what you learnt in Abbey Road Studios….
WELCOME TO THE SOUND EMPORIUM
Here at The Sound Emporium our mission is to offer the most inspiring ways for young people to engage in, learn and enjoy music. Currently working from ‘Hendrix House’ which houses a live performance lounge, fully equipped band practice rooms, recording studio, instruments and equipment and a team of highly qualified professional teachers, musicians and youth workers we are passionate about offering varied and diverse musical experiences to young people.
Founded by ex teaching professionals we offer 1-1 and group music tuition, ‘The School of Rock’ after school club, GCSE equivalent qualifications, studio recording facilities and youth nights.
All of our tutors are highly qualified and experienced individuals that have the same enthusiasm for music that we do, all are subject to enhanced DBS checks, hold their own public liability insurance and are regularly trained to ensure they are up to date with current Child Protection, Teaching and Behaviour Management techniques.
Please visit our website at www.thesoundemporium.co.uk for further information or call us on 01722 500070
What I / we help young people achieve
'The Sound Emporium is a highly regarded youth music provision, and with music education in schools across the country coming under increased pressure due to widespread cuts, musical facilities of this nature are an immensely valuable addition to the local community.
As well as nurturing the musicians of tomorrow in a safe and secure environment, musical education of the kind provided by “The Sound Emporium” provides numerous transferable life skills to those who participate, not least increased confidence building and social interaction skills.'
-Paul Gray, Regional Officer Musicians' Union
'Ross & Kayleigh of The Sound Emporium recently worked with our Yr 6 pupils. They were very professional but also brought a great deal of fun to the classroom. Our children are delighted with the recording that they have made; they were motivated to sing their hearts out and the backing track really enhances their song. What a great experience!'
-Jan Bennett, Headmistress at Greentrees Primary School Salisbury, Wiltshire.
'My eldest son has worked closely with Ross and his team at the Sound Emporium for the last few years and this has given him an incredibly valuable insight into the music industry and he has honed skills across various instruments. Beyond this skill set my son's confidence and having a sense of place has allowed him to grow into a charming young man and I thank Ross and his team for all they have done this far.
This type of facility is incredibly valuable to the local community and I hear many similar stories from the mums and dads who report their children success.'
My daughter has been attending The Sound Emporium for a while now and absolutely loves it! What they offer the youth is amazing, the opportunity to learn an instrument, sing, write music etc, they offer so much and work so hard!!.
My daughter thinks the world of them, they always have time for her. The kids that go there are a great bunch, so talented and eager to learn. Ross and Kayleigh and the team are a truly special group of people that are offering kids from all walks of life the opportunity to try new things. I just dont know what my daughter and the others would do without them. These kids are being given amazing skills, and I believe they are a real asset to the local community.
Keep The Sound Emporium rocking!! They are what ALL the kids of today need!'
To listen to some of our recent work with young people please visit our youtube channel 'The Sound Emporium'
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To learn to sing
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To develop recording /production skills
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
- Drop in
Working with special needs
Young people with special educational needs are also catered for by our experienced staff
- Guitar & Bass
- Drums / percussion
- Singing / Voice
- Recording & Producing
- Piano / Keyboard
- Electronic / Computer Music
- Curriculum Music (Primary)
- Curriculum Music (Secondary)
- Music Theory
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Music Technology
NCFE Level 2 Extended Certificate in Music Technology
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Performance Skills
Musical Clusters Covered
- Salisbury / Wilton
‘When I first saw what you had done to Grosvenor House (now Hendrix House), I was truly speechless, blown away! I wish I was young enough to come there!! The transformation you had made in a short amount of time and within a tight budget was inspiring, and further more you involved those to whom you were doing it for – The young community in Salisbury.
Many residents in Salisbury may be unaware of the cuts made to youth facilities and services, and what you have provided for many of them is another route to success, another place to feel safe, accepted and looked after. Something I feel we are seriously lacking in Salisbury now.
I have been working with a young man through Princes Trust, you were able to provide him with work experience, which has since inspired him to pursue working within Youth Work and continuing to support you through volunteering. The feedback you have given is priceless, thank you for making in impact and sincerely and genuinely caring about his future.
I have never heard anything but positives about the work and support you are offering, not only to the deprived areas, but to every young person/child in Salisbury, and being so inclusive makes you super!!
I feel that having somewhere for you to continue the work you are doing is essential to carry on impacting on individuals lives, they need someone to believe in them, someone to boost their confidence.
Carry on with being amazing and doing great stuff!!’
-Team Leader, Salisbury
The Learning Curve Salisbury Prince’s Trust Team programme
‘Wow what a fabulous experience our daughter had with The Sound Emporium. A real treat…Ross thank you so much for gaining her confidence so quickly, amazing having never heard our daughter sing before. The framed gold disc now has pride of place in her bedroom. This experience was just fabulous, we were all amazed at what was possible in such a short period of time. She and the whole family were thrilled with the end result. Proud mum & dad are in danger of playing the final version to death! You really helped build her confidence and she can’t wait to see what else can be done!’
‘The School of Rock/ The Sound Emporium has become a very important part of my son’s life. It is a safe place for him to go, meet other kids, learn music, have fun and be with adults who respect him and listen to him and encourage him. I would rather have him there than sat at home on the Xbox or playing computer games. He is developing into a talented musician and had an opportunity to perform on stage – and feature in the Journal – which he will never forget. Also has encouraged other friends to join the group even if they’ve never shown an interest in music.
I honestly don’t know what we would do without this wonderful service for young people in the community. The time and effort dedicated by Ross, Kayleigh and the team is so much appreciated. So, a massive huge thank you from a proud parent!’
The Local Youth Network which is the young people’s voice and influences part of the Area Board believe it is important to invest in young people gaining skills and developing their individual talents. The Sound Emporium are in the business of doing this and have demonstrated a high level of commitment to the young people they work with. The team provide a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment for young people where they can engage with activities and socialise and learn a lot about music. This helps young people to grow in self confidence and develop skills for life.
– Community Youth Officer Salisbury Local Youth Network
‘On behalf of Rise:61 I would like to thank you for all the time, energy and hard work you have given to young people in Salisbury. I have seen first hand the hours and hours of work you’ve put in, the dedication, the sacrifice and most importantly the impact you are having on young people in Salisbury.
We started working with Ross & Kayleigh two years ago to support young people from Bemerton Heath with a passion in music to grow and develop their skills in this area. From being too scared to sing in a group we’ve seen young people do live performances in front of hundreds, we’ve seen young people decide to study music at A-level after discovering their passion for it in these groups, we’ve seen confidence grow and young people having a place to belong.
For the young people we work with in Bemerton Heath, these sort of projects are vital. They give them the opportunity to show what they are capable of. Our dream is to see more projects like this pop up across the city. Projects that give young people whatever their background the opportunity to follow their passions and dreams, have fun and be empowered to shape their futures for the better.
Thank you for your inspiration and belief in young people. To me that is what makes what you do really impactful, you really care, and that comes across in how you work and young people see it.’
– Rise:61 Trustee
I just wanted to say thanks to all the staff at the sound Emporium for all the encouragement and inspiration you are giving to my son with his music, singing and lyric writing .
I think the sound emporium is a great facility and provides a much needed focus and support for the youth of Salisbury.
It directs the youngsters talents fills their enthusiasm so their ambitions are not lost and assists them to reach their potential. Without your input the youngsters would be without focus.
It is good to see the youngsters confidence grow and to be part of the community events which the sound emporium have supported such as the Magna Carta parade and the Festival on the Heath.
Our Training & Development
In house training is provided to all Sound Emporium staff in the following areas;
- Child Protection
- Special Education Needs
- Adjusting teaching practice to suit different learning styles
- Behaviour Management
- Fire Safety
- Equality & Diversity
- First Aid
- Health & Safety (inc. risk assessing)
The Sound Emporium also provide all staff with annual Child Protection training delivered by The Musicians Union