Type Of Organisation: Band
State of the art Recording & rehearsal facilities available for bands and musicians aged 13-19, open Monday to Thursday, from 18:00-21:30.
Run by trained professionals and tutors with experience in both professional musicianship and youth work.
Our School of Rock courses encourage creative development in guitar, bass, vocals, and drums through writing in groups and playing both original material and covering rock classics, as well as giving young musicians vital experiences in recording studio and live performance environments.
Every Tuesday in term time the Jukebox Cafe is open to all young people with a snack bar and an “Open Stage” for young musicians to get up and perform at any time. A perfect place for musicians and music lovers to perform in an easy going environment, or just relax and support their friends.
We also run regular live music events at Riverbank, and an annual Battle of the Bands for under 21s called “Take The Stage” which showcases 12 local up-and-coming acts, with the chance to win some great prizes!
What I / we help young people achieve
We aim to help young musicians develop their skills by being involved in an environment as close to the real working music industry as possible.
Our staff are both professional, touring musicians who are happy to give advice on what it takes to make a living a musician, as well as having a good range of contacts in the area and across the country for young bands to get a boost in their career.
Riverbank is a safe environment in which young musicians can hone their craft and prepare themselves for a career in music.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- 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
Working with special needs
Whilst not a targeted provision for SEN, we often work with young people on the autistic spectrum and extra social needs, and our facilities are wheelchair friendly.
One of our main focuses is to work with young people who may be disadvantaged in some way (socially, economically, rurally isolated) and we are able to offer subsidised tuition rates to qualifying young people.
- Guitar & Bass
- Drums / percussion
- Singing / Voice
- Recording & Producing
- Electronic / Computer Music
- Music Theory
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
Musical Clusters Covered
Our Training & Development
Musical qualifications of 2 directors:
Guy – BTec Level 3 Music Technology
Tom – BSc (Hons) Music Technology, Grade 7 drum kit
Both have recent first aid training, DBS checks, and safeguarding training.