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100 Years of Jazz: Ragtime

100 Years of Jazz: Ragtime

Ragtime Blog by Louise Balkwill In our last blog, we looked at Congo Square and the origins of Jazz music. Now we visit the 1890’s, when Ragtime appeared in its earliest form. Unlike the earlier music of Congo Square that was passed down aurally from […]

100 Years of Jazz: Part 1 – Congo Square

100 Years of Jazz: Part 1 – Congo Square

Blog by Louise Balkwill 2017 is a very special year for music – it marks 100 years since the release of the first ever jazz recording, “Livery Stable Blues” by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band! Since then, popular music has foxtrotted, swung, bopped, rocked and […]

The Becky Dell Music Academy – A London Living Wage Organisation

The Becky Dell Music Academy – A London Living Wage Organisation

We are delighted to have been awarded the London Living Wage Employer mark by the Living Wage Foundation, a foundation supporting the fair pay of employees across the country. Although we have only recently received accreditation, we have always strived to provide fair wages for […]

Love of Life and the Living World

Love of Life and the Living World

Love of Life and the Living World By Indigo Star Many of you will have heard of the incredible singer, songwriter, producer, DJ and actress Bjork. With around 4 Million records sold worldwide as of 2015, is it any wonder she is considered by many […]

Big Ben’s Bells are Taking a Little Break…

Big Ben’s Bells are Taking a Little Break…

This blog is all about Bells. Big beautiful bonging bells! Both the Big Ben bell and the place it was created, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in East London. Any keen listener of BBC Radio 4 will probably know of the impending bong deficit. This is […]

Pope’s Percussive Preferences…a guide to your first drum kit.

Pope’s Percussive Preferences…a guide to your first drum kit.

By Harry Pope, BDMA Drum Tutor. Hello Hello! I’m Harry and I’m Becky’s resident maker of noise. Or drummer. Take your pick. This short blog post will be about selecting a drum kit, geared mainly towards the beginner side of things. Okay, so when looking […]

Cable and Amps and Mics – oh my!

Cable and Amps and Mics – oh my!

Amplification of your instrument and/or voice (By Ronald) Some instruments can’t be heard without an amplifier. An electric guitar, an electric bass guitar, a digital piano or a keyboard: you can’t hear them (very well) unless you plug them in. Acoustic instruments can be played […]

Glastonbury 2016 Round Up

Glastonbury 2016 Round Up

So I managed to wangle myself a ticket to Glastonbury this year and as ever it didn’t disappoint. As ever we were also three feet under in mud, but hey, it’s Glastonbury, what did we expect… I saw some great bands, both old and new […]

Exam Tips

Exam Tips

by Becky Well, I don’t know about you but I feel I’m full in the flow of exam season at the moment, and with it, comes it’s own unique set of challenges. Here are my top tips to get through exams! The Night Before: Get […]

Songs of Praise – BBC Junior Choir Of The Year

Songs of Praise – BBC Junior Choir Of The Year

Huge congratulations to Blackheath Prep Choir who made it into the semi-finals of the BBC Choir Of The year 2016. We have 5 students at the academy who sing in the choir; Amity, Evie, Matthew, Harriet and Amber and you can watch their glorious faces […]