Boost for music tuition at Marlborough St Mary's courtesy of Marlborough's Slater Music School
Marlborough's Slater Music School have donated £500 to the new Marlborough St Mary’s school for the provision of music equipment. The cheque was handed over to MSM Head teacher Anne Schwodler by Stuart Slater on 26 April at a full school assembly.
The assembly included performances by a number of MSM’s drum students who performed in front of the whole school to celebrate both the donation and also the progress made by the young drummers.
Slater Music Schools founder, Stu Slater said: “We are very grateful to Anne and MSM for allowing us to create an amazing drumming community at the school, and it is fantastic to see so many children progressing so well under (teacher) Ben Dumpleton’s tutelage." He added. " We hope the money may help encourage more students to enjoy the rewards that music brings, not just the theory and ability to play; but confidence, self-belief, identity, peer respect, and the wider educational outcomes." "At Slater Music School we believe that music is important to help children as they journey through their formative years;and also to help adults realise some long held dreams!”.
Slater Music School was established in 2003 and has grown to include 5 teachers. With no minimum or maximum student age, the range of instruments taught is guitar, bass, and theory, with a particular specialism in drums. SMS have been teaching at Marlborough St Mary’s since 2016 and also teach at several other local schools including at their St Johns base. Student numbers taking weekly lessons are approaching 200 and they have a 100% exam pass rate from beginners to advanced players.
In addition SMS take on work placement students each year, run Rock Club for aspiring bands and provide gift vouchers for aspiring musicians of all ages. Founder and owner Stuart Slater is a contemporary music examiner worldwide and individual learning programmes therefore use modern styles (rock and pop) allowing students to learn to play the songs and music they enjoy in academic context.
For more information or a free taster session please go to the SMS website www.slatermusicschool.uk