Wonder of the Week: Rock Jam

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Here at Goldfish.ie we have some truly inspiring and wonderful customers, doing fascinating work that deserves recognition. So, every week we are going to let the world know about the work of a customer that we believe should be heard aka our ‘Wonder Of The Week’.

One company that has been doing sterling work encouraging children to develop their love of music, is Rock Jam. Rock Jam connects music students with some of Dublin’s finest musicians, via weekly jam sessions, workshops and summer camps. These culminate in live gigs that give students a taste of what it is like to play for an audience in some of Dublin’s most famous live venues.

Formed in 2013, Rock Jam  is the brainchild of musician and educator Baz Rycraft. Originally located at Harold’s School in Glasthule, Rock Jam has now expanded to other locations around Dublin, including Blanchardstown Music School, The Dublin School of Music and Newpart Music Centre. They have 8 musicians working with their students including such luminaries as James Vincent McMorrow and Kodaline. So it is a great opportunity for kids to work with established successful musicians and bands.

Alibi Island showing their skills.
Alibi Island showing their skills.

Baz Rycraft talks about the aims behind setting up Rock Jam:  “The first aim is to give relevance to music study. Its such a shame for kids to study for years and never share that experience with their friends.  The seconds aim is to connect them with professional musicians. This is a game changer for kids because they meet someone who is actually living the life of a working musician. Finally, performance experience brings so many benefits, even beyond music. Confidence, friendships and teamwork, along side the technical leaps students make when they perform on stage.”

Despite being still early days in the life of Rock Jam, and most students being under 15 years old, the first group has already been signed to a record label and released their first album. Local band Tobi the Dog are signed to Little L Records and have released their debut album ‘Never Ever Ever’. So a 100% record so far for Rock Jam!

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And what has the reaction from the kids been? Baz adds: “The kids give 100% commitment to being rock stars! It’s amazing how even the most shy student is transformed under the bright stage lights! Its really satisfying to see them have so much fun and develop as musicians.”

If parents have any budding musicians in the house and want to get them involved, then timing is perfect as there are three summer schools coming up in July:

  • Newpark Music Centre, Blackrock July 4th-8th
  • Glasnevin Academy of Music July 11th – 15th
  • Dublin School of Music, Terenure July 18th- 22nd

To get involved contact Rock Jam via their super-duper Goldfish.ie VoiP telephone line on  016991396 or email rockjamschool@gmail.com

Check out Rock Jam via all the usual social suspects:

https://www.facebook.com/rockjamschool/

https://www.snapchat.com/rockjamireland

https://www.youtube.com/user/bazzrycraft

Lastly, I will leave you with Army Of Six and their cover of the epic Smells Like Teen Spirit.

 

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