THE SCHOOL OF POP IS POSSIBLY THE MEON VALLEY'S BEST KEPT SECRET
The brainchild of West End Composer/Actor/Musician Marcos D'Cruze, himself a resident of the Meon Valley and with two young children of his own saw there was a huge hole in the independent music teaching space in this part of the county, so he set about changing it.
"Schools seem really caught up in the academic subjects and are ignoring music, drama and the arts in general. Grade 8 in music is the equivalent of an A level in terms of UCAS points. Why would you not want to give that to your child without them even knowing they are doing it? This why I created The School of Pop" says Marcos.
The School of Pop was established in 2013 and is based at Marcos' own recording studio and writing suite on Wallops Wood Farm in Droxford with teachers Damiain Lodrick and Greg Dorling.
All students learn in purpose built classrooms, the school has a sound proofed and acoustically treated live room and control room, a fully operational Pro Tools rig in a recording studio which the students can explore throughout their learning time at the School.
Marcos has sold over 2 million records, has written for numerous TV shows, adverts and theatre.
He has appeared in 4 major West End Musicals including the original cast of FAME The Musical where he met his dancer and choreographer wife Chloe who runs the very successful local dance school Boppin, and the popular Choir Company which are both in Petersfield.
When not overseeing the school Marcos mostly writes Flamenco infused film music, he has recently completed his third Musical "Mrs Gucci" which had a landmark concert performance in the West End at the Arts Teatre in 2013 to critical acclaim.
The School of Pop is a unique offering in the Meon Valley and with a new Saturday School being planned for the Autumn, where all students get the chance to play, write and perform in a band setting, it seems the school has managed to attain real momentum in a very rural location.
The School of Pop currently teaches children and adults of all ages 5 days week during term time with Workshops and Recording Experiences on offer all year round.
For more about the School of Pop please please give us a call on 01489 878 315 or visit www.schoolofpop.co.uk - for more about Marcos please his website www.marcosdcruze.com
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