ROCKSKOOL – all music genres welcome
Our region is bursting with talent, and the AICM RockSkool is the perfect place for young people to jump-start their musical careers. Our program is proud to have played a major role in the musical journeys of many now well-known artists, including Caitlyn Shadbolt, Aspy Jones and The Dennis Sisters, to name just a few.
RockSkool brings talented young high school aged students together in bands to create their own unique style and sound. Band members are matched with others at a similar stage of musical development and with similar interests in music, and expertly mentored by our professional band coaches – teaching musicianship, arrangement, teamwork, stage presence, performance skills, and importantly, how to have a great time with music!
We believe that performance is a critical part of the learning process, and arrange regular opportunities for our bands to perform in the region, with performances at the Gympie Music Muster a real highlight of our year!
You don’t have to be an expert to join a band – just some musical ability, a love of music and a desire to take your passion to the next level. Musicians at all levels are welcome – from beginners through to seasoned performers. Not only for those wanting to carve out a long term musical career, the RockSkool program is also a great opportunity to simply come together with other like-minded musicians to have fun with music, and experience the thrill and exhilaration of performing live on stage. Lessons are held weekly during school terms, over 1.5 hours.
Call us today to find out more on 0497 325 185 or email below.
GUSTO GUITAR GROUP
As someone wise once said, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy guitars and that’s kind of the same thing”. The AICM’s Gusto Guitar group is a hive of activity for adult learners of all musical abilities, inspiring fun, happiness and confidence that comes with learning and mastering a new instrument.
In addition to weekly lessons, the group is very active in the community, playing regular gigs at community events and celebrations.
Gusto Guitar classes are held on Wednesday evenings in the auditorium (5.30pm – 8.30pm) and Thursday in the rehearsal room from 10am-12pm. Entry via the student entrance at 26 Channon St, Gympie.
GUSTO UKELELE GROUP
The ukulele is taking the world by storm, ever increasing in popularity; as an easy, fun way to get involved with music. Weekly classes are held at the AICM for the young at heart, and welcome people at all levels of experience – from beginners to seasoned performers. Regular performance opportunities are available for you to show off your new talents and have a great time in the Gusto group. Lessons are held on Monday nights, from 5.30pm – 8.30pm.
To find out more, call Robyn today on 0429 011 783
OUR TEACHERS/BAND COACHES
RockSkool Band Coach
Ande has been working with young people as a music mentor for more than seven years and brings to the RockSkool program an incredibly diverse skill set in guitar, drums, live performance, beats production, DJing, electronic music and media production.
Ande loves to work with young people to help them expand their musical horizons and say ‘yes’ to their own ideas and dreams; supporting our RockSkool students in their musicianship, repertoire, arrangement, performances skills and band management.
With his extensive background in music production, Ande is our go-to music studio man, and offers a selection of services through the AICM’s very own recording studio.
RockSkool Band Coach
Guitar guru Clyde brings to the RockSkool over thirty years’ professional guitar teaching experience, along with twenty years’ experience as a freelance session guitarist. Clyde is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board in Contemporary and Bass Guitar, has been a judge in the Queensland Rock Awards and Yamaha School or Rock Bands Competition. Too much music is never enough for Clyde and along with all this experience and offering his own private guitar lessons, Clyde also performs regularly in his own band.
Gusto Guitar and Uke Group teacher
Robyn leads our Gusto Guitar and Ukulele groups and has been developing the musical and performance skills of countless learners over her many years at the AICM. Robyn offers her groups an infectious enthusiasm for all things musical, injecting fun and friendship into all her classes.