Welcome to Rockland!
Rockland is where you can learn to play. Hone your skills. Have some fun.
We offer information and inspiration for music students of all ages and ability levels.
You can learn essential modern styles from funk to punk, jazz to rock, reggae to country.
If you want to learn to read music, write music, understand music, discover music, come along!
Based in Ngaio, Wellington, lessons are available right through the week, contact me now to book your spot! Check out the BLOG below !
“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...”
― Albert Schweitzer
Now what do I do ?
So you’ve decided to play a musical instrument. What next?
You’ll need to decide what you want to be able to do. It’s a good idea to have short term, mid-range, and long term goals. And it’s a good idea to re-evaluate these all regularly.
For example, you might want to make funny music videos. You might want to play guitar in a cultural or church group. Maybe you want to start a rock band. Maybe you really want to sing and write your own songs, and playing an instrument will enable that. Maybe you want to play guitar or ukulele at preschool or kindy for the kids sing-along. Perhaps you will sing to your loved one on your wedding day, or maybe you want to go out busking and make some coin while you’re a student.
The kind of things you should incorporate in to your short term goals will be learning particular skills and keeping to a practice regime. A golden rule – if your practice routine isn’t challenging you, you will stay at the same level you are at. Keep it fun, varied and above all, challenge yourself!
In your medium range goal set, build on your networking. Find out the nuts and bolts of what you have to do to get the gig you want, who to call, who you need to befriend, what you might have to wear, what you might have to buy to have the right instrument or equipment. Do you have the right look for what you want to do? Do you know enough repertoire? Are you already trying it out somehow, somewhere?
Your long-term goals could be anything, but why not dream up a 5-year plan to start with? You can modify it as you go. It’s difficult as a young beginner to imagine a 5-year plan so maybe start with a 2-year plan then see how you feel after that. The main thing though is to have goals and a vision of how to go about making them happen.
Part of this process should be discussion with your teacher, they can help you find out what you need to do to make your goals happen. An effective plan will get you there faster and more effectively. We are about to embark on a new year, what a great time to make some plans and resolve to keep them ! Best of luck :-)
In our first drummers workshop students had the opportunity to learn pro tips from master drummer Steven Swanson.
This 2 hour session taught sticking techniques and an introduction to the 40 essential Rudiments.
Covering hand skills, timing and counting as well as other core concepts,
he helped students build on their existing skillsets, to take their kit playing to the next level.
Steve is available at Rockland Creative Music Centre every Thursday during school terms. So book now !
Keep an eye out for more drumkit workshops coming up in 2015 !
Check out this short video of the workshop.