Academy plans to make a musical community

A MUSIC academy has welcomed back one of its talented students to become a teacher while creating a new support system at the school.

The Music Makers Academy, based in Worle Industrial Estate, have been inspiring and supporting children and adults since 2000. Now the founders of the academy want to offer more support to budding musicians by setting up a subscription plan, which means people can come into the academy and book out an instrument of practise in one of their spare rooms whenever they choose.

Founder of the academy Dinah Garnham said: “What I want is to create a sort of musical community. I have become aware that there is a great need for music lessons but a lot of children need support in practising.

“People will be able to book times and rooms and pay on a monthly subscription. We want to provide a new environment and we say the academy belongs to them and not us.”

One of the members who has transformed from student to teacher is Abigail Jones, aged 22, of Kensington Road, Weston. After years at the academy she went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London and the Royal Welsh College of Music, Cardiff.

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She recently graduated with a 2:1 degree and has now returned to the academy to teach.

She said: “For young people and adults to have the opportunity to be taught in such a focused yet fun environment like the Music Makers Academy is fantastic. Having such fantastic musical opportunities when I was young has helped me become not only the musician, but the person I am today.

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“I am delighted to be in the position where I can now provide these opportunities and to share the love of music with others.”

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