Brisbane boys’ school first to sign up for Rockschool!

15 November 2016
Rockschool students L-R Luke Wright Gregory, Aengus McNeill, Hunter Barrett, Mitchell Torrens, Ruben Richardson.

Rockschool students L-R Luke Wright Gregory, Aengus McNeill, Hunter Barrett, Mitchell Torrens, Ruben Richardson.

A Brisbane boys’ school has clocked up a new musical first, becoming one of Australia’s premier schools of Rock! And the students couldn’t be more excited!

Moreton Bay Boys’ College, on Brisbane’s bayside, is the first school in Australia to sit a Rockschool Theory exam, run through the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). International Rockschool Theory exams are sat on the same date and time throughout the world, under exam conditions.

Rockschool is an internationally-accredited contemporary music education program running in more than 40 countries globally, providing exams and qualifications for rock band musicians in vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drums.

Director of Music at Moreton Bay Boys’ College Ms Meagan Pearse said the contemporary program had seized the boys’ interest, with students aged from 11 years old through to seniors enrolling for exams at the college.

“We are thrilled to be able to showcase some of our rising stars in rock, and can break out into new areas of performance. It helps our boys understand that music is an important part of their education, and it can be cool and fun for all instruments and genres,” Ms Pearce said.

Executive Principal Mr James Sloman said he was excited to be able to deliver unique programs at MBBC.

“It’s no longer enough for a school to just offer subject choices, students want new experiences and they have a strong desire to belong.  Music is a place where they can connect with others and find their tribe,” Mr Sloman said.

“We are an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School teaching to a global philosophy across the Primary and Middle years. Rockschool further strengthens our international philosophy of the school and its goal to equip young men with the skills necessary to be successful, productive and responsible global citizens,” he said.

MBBC instrumental music teacher Alyson Locke said traditionally, music theory has always been based on piano.

“The Rockschool theory syllabus differs by incorporating the Rockband instruments, giving candidates a knowledge that is contemporary and relevant. With more than 60 students sitting Rockschool practical exams across the college this year, it looks like these boys are setting the scene for a ‘rock solid’ musical future.

AMEB State Manager Lauren Thorne said Rockschool strengthens AMEB’s presence in the contemporary music sector by providing challenging and rewarding exams that develop technique, musicianship and performance ability in musicians of all ages and backgrounds.

“We are thrilled to see the huge growth in Rockschool enrolments. It’s clear that our customers are excited that this internationally recognised qualification is available and I cannot wait to see what the future holds,” Ms Thorne said.

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