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Swansea To Get NEW Rock School

Guitarist and teacher Ben Tiffin from The Rock Project Swansea

The UK's largest rock school is set to open doors in Swansea next month.

The Rock Project, which has more than 60 schools across the UK, will teach youngsters aged 7-18 how to play the music that they love.

Headed by guitarist and teacher Ben Tiffin, The Rock Project Swansea will open at Dunvant Social Centre on May 20.

The 40-year-old RE teacher at Cymer Afan Comprehensive School is no stranger to the stage having performed regularly with the Swansea-based rock band The Flames.

The father-of-three said: "The Rock Project is about nurturing talent and bringing groups of young people to perform together as a band, not in isolation with one-to-one tuition.

"It develops their musical abilities, confidence and comes as a huge boost to their numeracy skills because players need to be aware of rhythmic timings for instance.

"I'm looking forward very much to seeing local children and young people enjoying the opportunities that The Rock Project will offer them both musically and socially."

Ben, whose grandfather was a jazz pianist, will be supported by a tutor team of professional musicians. Together they will teach the students how to sing, play guitar, bass and drums as well as play together as a band.

It was the sound of Iron Maiden on a mix tape when he was nine, which stimulated an interest in rock music and now he plays guitar, bass and drums.

"I love anything that is guitar-based and was self-taught from the age of 18," Ben added. "For the past 15 years I've tutored guitar and know there's plenty of budding talent in the Swansea area." 

Outside of work, Ben also enjoys spending his spare time tackling another kind of rock, being an avid climber and surfer. 

The Rock Project will start with free taster sessions at Dunvant Social Centre on Saturday May 20, and at West Cross Community Centre on Sunday May 21.

The weekly schools have separate sessions for juniors, aged 7-11 and seniors from 11 to 18-years-old. All of the instruments are supplied.

Half of the two-hour-long sessions will provide tuition on bass, guitar, drums or vocals, while the second half will bring the students together to hone their skills as a band up on stage.

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