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Music Advice: For Musicians From Musicians

Music Advice: For Musicians From Musicians

by Jess and the team We’re a couple of weeks into 2018 and it’s around this point where people are wondering how realistic their new year’s resolutions are. Rather than challenge myself to a resolution, I’m a big advocate of bettering what I already have. […]

The Double Bass: Big, Bold and Beautiful

The Double Bass: Big, Bold and Beautiful

By Louise Balkwill In this blog post, I will be raving about one of the most important, versatile, best loved but least accredited instruments in western music’s modern (and not so modern) history – yes, that’s right, the Double Bass! The Double Bass (also known […]

Care for Country

Care for Country

We love getting our tutors to write blogs for us about their interests and expertise and so are very excited to share Connor’s thoughts on country music. Connor teaches piano, guitar, singing and songwriting at the London academies. by Connor Roff Country on the rise: […]

100 Years of Jazz: Blues

100 Years of Jazz: Blues

Blues Blog by Louise Balkwill Alongside the evolution of the music from Congo Square in the 19th Century, before the abolition of the slave trade in America, another type of slave music grew in the Southern plantations; Blues. Blues found its origins in the Mississippi […]

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 […]

Noteworthy People – Sir Simon Rattle

Noteworthy People – Sir Simon Rattle

by Jess It’s time for our first “Noteworthy People” of the academic year and this half term we have chosen… Sir Simon Rattle Sir Simon Rattle is one of Britain’s most renowned and highly regarded conductors. He became recognised as an international artist whilst conducting […]

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 […]

Noteworthy People – Imogen Heap

Noteworthy People – Imogen Heap

By Jess We are bringing back one of our segments called “Noteworthy People” where we focus on an inspirational person and tell you about their work. This time it is… Imogen Heap In the music industry we are often told to have several “strings to […]

Back to the Future for Classical Music

Back to the Future for Classical Music

by Jess Classical Music…. Out dated. Boring. For old people. I DON’T THINK SO! Unfortunately, these are however some of the typical stereotypes we often hear when talking about classical music. Those of us that love the music know this not to be true! But […]