Music is often the most soothing thing in our lives, so it's great to know that places like North London Music Academy exist - to be a wonderful space where creativity is encouraged, students feel inspired and magic is created.
There's plenty on offer at North London Music School and they're offering Portico Place cardholders the chance to get 20% off any term based group lesson for 5-12 year olds. And right now, just for the summer, you could take advantage of their Jazz and Rock/Pop Ensemble Summer Workshops with great offers too.
For 11-16 year olds who can play Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano or any other Brass instruments and singers (to Grade 3 minimum), the workshops are running through August from the 13th until the 24th, either at 10am-1pm or 2.30pm-5.30pm.
For Portico Places cardholders North London Music School is offering the workshops for £250 instead of £300 when you quote Portico at the time of booking.
But what are the classes like? We sent our team in to participate so read on to find out more!
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 inflict 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.
20% discount off term based group lessons for 5 - 12 years olds - click the link below for more information and to redeem the offer, please call the team and mention your Portico Places card at the time of booking.
To get your own free Portico Places card, just email email@example.com with your postal address and we will send a card out to you.