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ACM announces first school franchise

By | Published on Tuesday 18 September 2012


The Guildford-based Academy Of Contemporary Music has announced its first school franchise, part of the music college’s previously reported ambition to offer courses to children and teenagers across the UK through partner schools.

The first partner is relatively local to ACM itself, it being Box Hill School, also in Surrey. Via its partnership with ACM, the school will offer extra-curricular music courses on Saturdays for ages seven to sixteen. The new courses, which kick off on 29 Sep, aim to capitalise on a recent £1.5 million investment in the school’s music department.

The school’s Headteacher Mark Eagers told CMU: “Music encourages teamwork, inspires confidence and nurtures respect for others. It really is a skill for life. ACM understands and shares our passion, so we could not ask for a better partner in inspiring our students to develop their musical ability. We know our students will approach the classes with their usual ‘have a go’ ethos and we can’t wait to see the talent that emerges”.

Meanwhile ACM Commercial’s Operations Manager James Connell added: “This project is about making music exciting and accessible, by losing the formality and offering an environment in which creativity can flourish. It is the first scheme of its kind in the UK, so we’re very excited and passionate about it. Box Hill School could even blaze the trail for similar schemes in schools across the country”.