21 March 2010

Mitrovica Rock School NL Tour - Week 1: The highlights

This March, Rock School teachers and coordinators Milos, Edon, Mladen, Nesim, Goran, Valon and Erhan visited the Netherlands for two weeks of training and performing. They were there at the special invitation of the Fontys Rock Academy and Musicians without Borders.

Here are the highlights of Week 1: training at the Fontys Rock Academy.

Monday March 1: Back at the Academy

On Monday morning, the whole group was welcomed by Rock Academy Directors Bertus Borgers and Gerard Boontjes and didactic counselor Gerdien Visser. Bertus introduced the week by taking a trip down memory lane, explaining the history of the Rock School to Nesim and Valon, the two newcomers on the team.

In the evening, we visited music school Factorium. In the photo: drum teachers Mladen and Nesim watch a Factorium drum lesson.

Tuesday March 2: Judgin' and jammin'

On Tuesday, the Rock School team worked as a "shadow panel" during the Rock Academy's Band Assessments. They judged individual RA musicians and songwriters performing in eight different bands, using the same criteria as the official panel.

On tuesday evening, we had a lovely dinner at Gerdien's, cooked up by her husband Jos. The group was then invited to the back of the house, where they have a private R'n'R club. Watch what happened next...

Wednesday March 3: Comparing notes

On Wednesday, the group analysed the band assessments with K's Choice drummer Koen Lieckens. Koen compared the conclusions of the "shadow panel" to those of the official panel. The outcome? Everything from full agreement to major discord!

On Wednesday afternoon, Gerdien had scheduled workshops and master classes for nearly all teachers. No pictures, but an awesome experience nonetheless!

Thursday March 4: Another "RockSchool"

On Thursday, the group translated what they'd seen at the Rock Academy to their own situation. Rock Academy Director Gerard joined us to present the appropriately named RockSchool system, as an example of an accredited assessment system from the UK.

Friday March 5: Meeting the RA students

Friday afternoon, the Rock School team was asked to present the project to the Rock Academy's School of Music students.

After the presentation, the team met with the RA students, many of whom were interested in joining us in Mitrovica and Skopje.

Saturday March 6:

On Saturday, the Mitrovica Rock School rocked the Rock Academy's Inside Out Show Case! Read more here!

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