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RSL Awards announces partnership with iRock School of Music

The new arrangement will see RSL assessing and quality assuring in-school band tuition from September 2022

Based in Hampshire, iRock School of Music works closely with primary schools providing children the opportunity to be in their own rock and pop band.

Under the guidance of an iRock music teacher, children rehearse weekly in the lead-up to end-of-term concerts. The aim is not only to increase children’s interest in music, but to boost confidence, well-being, and support the overall academic success.

The new partnership with RSL Awards will enable iRock’s students to achieve a qualification for learning and performing music in a band. These qualifications give a progression route from the very first steps on the students’ musical journey to the creation of performers with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to perform live as a band and to an audience. Assessments which are flexible and available for groups of any size, are carried out entirely by tutor observation of lessons, rehearsals and performances.

RSL Awards Head of Sales and Partnerships, Dan Francis said, ‘iRock School of Music’s mission to place high-quality engagement and progression opportunities at the heart of what they do aligns beautifully with the principles underpinning the qualifications we offer. This partnership provides a great way for children and young people to learn how to work and perform together whilst gaining formal recognition for the progress they make both individually and as a band.’

iRock Managing Director, Josh Franklin said, ‘Here at iRock we are extremely excited by our new partnership with RSL. We pride ourselves on offering primary school children accessible and inclusive music lessons through our rock and pop band lessons. Our newfound partnership with RSL now means we can offer children an exam-free music qualification and celebrate and reward their achievements in a unique and innovative way.’