Rock Academy

Live the dream!


Team up with other young musicians and get professional mentoring in this high-energy week. Form a band, write your own material, record in our professional studio and finish on a high with a live gig.

Date 19 – 25 August 2018
Price 640€ one week, residential More about prices, discounts and deposits
Location Beauville, France More about Beauville and how to get there
Age 13-20
What experience do I need? You play an instrument or sing in a Rock/Pop setting and you’ll be fluent enough to learn new songs quickly, understand chords and create music in small groups. You take your music seriously and have a burning desire to improve your technique, write your own material and learn about studio recording.
Accommodation Dormitory camping in Beauville at Les-2- Lacs campsite. Arrive on Sunday 6 August by 15.00 at Les-2- Lacs campsite. You can leave after the concert on Saturday 12 August, but accommodation is provided until Sunday.
Registration Fill out this form. We will be back in touch to arrange a deposit and confirm your place.

Many of our Rock Academy students stay on for the Advanced Songwriting and Recording course  held the next week.

What does it involve?

Rock Academy is an unforgettable week that will give you a professional grounding in different aspects of the music industry. As well as tuition on your instrument, or voice, you’ll learn about:

  • Songwriting
  • Arranging
  • Promotion
  • The Music Business
  • Studio Recording
  • Live Performance

You will play in small groups directed by our team of professional musicians. With access to our recording studio and a qualified sound engineer, you will get hands-on technical experience and record original songs and covers. On the final night you will perform live at the Rock Academy gig in front of the public, friends and family at Les-2-Lacs. View photos and video from last year’s Rock Academy. Listen to the songs here!

Who will be running the course?

Jonathan Mallalieu is the course director. Jonathan has been Director of Music in several UK and international schools and has extensive experience as a Rock, Pop and Jazz performer. As a freelance composer and songwriter, Jonathan has released several dance records and written numerous TV scores. He is also Artistic Director of Beauville Arts. You can find out more about him here. Alongside Jonathan will be a specialist team including experienced tutors in Drums, Guitar/Bass and Vocals.

Staff 2015

  • Course Directors/Keyboards: Jonathan & Claire Mallalieu
  • Sound Engineer: Dan Beesley
  • Voice/Guitar/Bass:  Ben Lewis
  • Drums: Pascal Lawrynowicz www.percunivers.com
  • Guitar: Chris Newland

Other staff include a full time administrator/first aider and BAFA-qualified activity coordinators. BAFA is a French training programme that covers organising activities and  safeguarding the safety, security and well-being of young people.

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