Mr John Shaw and Mr Jim Lomas formed Blackpool Music School, in 2006. Its purpose is to offer the community of Blackpool and the Fylde, the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument at a minimal cost. Since its humble beginnings working out of a church hall in Bispham, they have raised over £360.000 in funds, which has enabled them to build a high quality teaching facility, which is fully equipped with all the musical instruments required. The school delivers quality musical lessons at affordable prices this is available for all in the community.
Their latest development, which was featured on Granada reports and was opened by the Lady Mayoress of Blackpool, Amy Cross, is there disability tutor room; this room offers a level surface, which gives easy access for wheel chair users. The recent development features a green screen which is used as backdrops in chroma key photography, this is a process that replaces a solid-coloured background from behind the subject of a photo (or video) with a new background. Also featured in this room is a storey and clark baby grand piano which was donated from a sponsor in America. The room also doubles as a recording studio
Their staff are a collection of talented, dedicated professional instructors and musicians who combine a love of music with a desire to help others, who want to achieve their highest musical potential. That passion shows in all that they do.
They offer group sessions and one-one sessions at the school, as well as one-one sessions in your own home if you are unable to attend through a disability. The range and style of music is amazing – From Bach to Black Eyed Peas, from George Gershwin to Lady Ga Ga… The membership that they offer are affordable due to the fact that they are a non for profit charity, and the memberships are available for all ages “As quoted by their founder Mr John Shaw You are never too old to Learn”. The school provides a variety of different musical sessions, including keyboard, saxophone, drums, ukulele, vocals, music theory, guitar and many more. All the tutors have different teaching styles, which are delivered in a very friendly way, making the school the perfect place to learn an musical instrument.
The school will endeavour to keep their costs at a minimal, this allows them to offer value-for-money membership, for those on low incomes, people with disabilities, and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Also children excluded from full-time education plus children who are unable to cope with busy classrooms. Their friendly calm environments make it perfect for learning in an informal way, allowing members to embrace all the advantages that the therapy of music can give.
As a charity, they are a non-for profit organisation and there are no fees, being a charity we have a membership charge only.
The school would like to say a big thankyou to all their sponsors who without their help the school would not be able to develop, and serve the community.