We started running our five day Rock Schools back in 2009. Our goal was to create an experience that would aid and inspire young people that love music to start making their own.
We know from our years of working with young people that making music can have an impact beyond just the development of musical skills. It provides a vehicle for building confidence, self-esteem and team working skills that will be of value across all areas of their lives. This is what continues to motivate us today.
Kick! Music Schools is run by a small team of musicians and educators. We're based at South Street Studios in Ipswich, the home of the Punch Studios recording studio, The Smokehouse music venue, and a host of other companies and not-for-profits that share our values of engaging and empowering the young people in our local community.
It doesn't matter whether the goal is to play Glastonbury, just for fun with friends, or to study music at college or university. We are here to help build the skills and confidence to achieve those goals.
Ross runs Kick! Music Schools and the Rock Schools. He has traveled the world as a drummer and percussionist, playing the internationally renowned SXSW music festival in Texas for two consecutive years. He has performed at concerts in ten countries. Supporting artists such as Madness, Florence & The Machine, The Hoosiers, The Futureheads and Dirty Pretty Things. Ross has writing and performing credits on two internationally released albums and has co-written music used in advertising campaigns for Karen Millen, River Island and Investec bank.
Joe runs Out Loud Music and is the owner of South Street Studios, the studios where Kick! Music Schools is based. Joe has been playing in bands for 20 years and has run South Street Studios for seven years helping record bands who have received BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X and local BBC Radio air time. Joe founded Kick! Music School’s original incarnation ‘Punch Rock Schools’ and has led workshops in songwriting, performance and recording.
Sam Robson - Band Mentor
Sam runs the UK's leading music industry workshop company IEM. With over 400 UK workshops delivered to UK schools, IEM now work in partnership with many of the worlds leading brand names to educate and inspire the next generation. Having toured the UK countless times both as musician and tour manager, Sam is well placed to educate and inspire the next generation of writers, performers and music entrepreneurs.
Ian Parsons - Band Mentor
Having been a musician for over 20 years, Ian has performed at countless venues as both a singer-songwriter and a member of original and cover bands. Ian has also supported many local artists at music festivals and events. Ian has taught privately for many years and works as a tutor and session leader for a number of music organisations including Noise Solution, Musica, Out Loud Music, Global Collective as well as Kick! Music Schools.