A wise man named Dumbledore once said, “Ah, music… a magic beyond all we do here!” And the sentiment couldn’t ring more true than it does at the North London Music Academy - a wonderful music school where confidence is boosted, students feel inspired and magic is created. The school was holding an adults opening evening to showcase what they’re all about, so I warmed up the old vocal chords and took a trip to Camden…
The Academy is located at 15 Pratt Mews, a small side street off Camden High Street. If you’re getting off at the Tube station, walk straight down the High Street and swing a left when you reach The Blues Kitchen. It’s about a three-minute walk.
It was a miserable day, so I rushed inside to escape the rain and was immediately greeted with a symphony of sound. A chic lady resembling Audrey Tautou was entertaining incomers with a jazz improvisation on the piano, and Harriette - singer/songwriter turned entrepreneur and owner - was ushering everyone inside and pouring glasses of red wine.
We quickly took a seat, grabbed some cheese and listened to Harriette explain the schedule for the evening. The Academy teachers had all planned mini classes for the event, so after a quick bite we sheepishly made our way to the Singer Songwriter class.
It was a group class, focussed on developing vocal technique, confidence and writing skills. Students typically bring a song they’ve written to the class, then the group will go through the song and give their suggestions. Our young tutor really brought teaching into the modern age and it was a surprisingly uplifting experience to sing in front of the group and hear feedback. (Especially as I don’t usually tend to inflect my voice on others!)
The evening flew by. We laughed non-stop during our Steel Pans lesson, but did in fact manage to master Eternal Flame, or at least the first verse. We also had a masterclass in guitar and were confidently strumming along to Sweet Home Alabama by the end of the session.
It’s really apparent that The Academy believes that music is for everyone. We ended our evening with a group jam session, improvising on different instruments and laughing the whole way through. I left with an immense sense of achievement that I haven’t felt in some time; it really is rewarding to step outside your comfort zone.
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