Rothwell school hits the right notes

A school in Rothwell is the latest to to join a music technology firm's prestigious ranks of training centres.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 10:07 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 10:08 am
Richard Llewelyn, Education Manager at Steinberg UK and Natalie Gardner, Head of Music at Montsaye Academy.

Montsaye Academy in Greening Road now has a fully-equipped teaching room armed and is recognised as a Steinberg training centre, with 20 state-of-the-art DAW units and MPK midi units so staff can offer certified training in Cubase.

The recent investment in new software and hardware in the school's music department means that all GCSE students now have access to two of Steinberg’s leading composition platforms, Cubase 10 and Dorico 2.

The school is also now offering RSL Awards graded exams in music production for students in all year groups. There are individual group and peripatetic lessons available for those wanting to focus on their Cubase skills and music technology is now incorporated as an integral part of the overall music curriculum for the school.

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Natalie Gardner, head of music at Montsaye Academy, said: “In the current digital age, being able to offer our students the latest developments in music production software is crucial to their long-term success.

"The support provided by Steinberg to our teaching team and our students is exceptional. Our students are able to choose to specialise in audio production, electronic music production or sound for media, opening up endless possibilities for a long-term professional scenario.

"In just five months, I have already seen a significant increase in traditional music composition grades and our music production peripatetic provision has tripled.”

Courses offered include those suitable for a complete beginner and also for current/previous users of Cubase wishing to extend or refresh their knowledge.

All courses are delivered by certified Steinberg trainers and are usually held outside of normal school hours.