Schools taking part in the West Suffolk Schools Rock and Pop Awards have heaped praise on the music workshops leading up to the event.
Sam Robson, of Industry Education in Music, has been touring West Suffolk schools with pop band Polar Collective to teach students all about the music business.
Vicky Clubb, director of learning expressive arts at Stowupland High School, said; “The workshops were fantastic this year.
“All my students who were involved in the day came out of it with loads more confidence and have already put into practice some of the harmony techniques for singing in their classwork.
“The whole day was very worthwhile and we look forward to the next one.”
Head of art and music at Stowmarket High School, Jonathan Cushing, said: “We have been doing this for several years now.
“It is always hugely beneficial to the students and under Sam’s leadership he has managed to get some bands which relate so well to the work the students are doing.
“They have found it inspirational to their learning and it has given them something to really aspire to.”
Tracey Davids, head of music at County Upper School in Bury, said: “They had a brilliant time with Polar Collective, learning about life in the music industry, and in particular how important it is to enjoy what you do, always be polite and keep positive, however many knock-backs you get.
“The whole of Year 9 came to Polar Collective’s performance, and many are now looking forward to coming along to The Apex on 27th to support their ‘new favourite group’ as well as to cheer on County Upper School’s award entry.”
Headteacher at King Edward VI school, Geoff Barton, said: “This is a great project, and our students are very excited about the contest on February 27.”
Sam Robson said the workshops had been a big success.
He said: “Overall the school activity has gone brilliantly, we couldn’t have been happier with the response we’ve had from schools.
“There have been a few real musical stars that we have met on our travels and hopefully they we will be on top form come the 27th February at the Apex.”