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BUDDING young rockers can kick off this summer break with two days of musical fun and inspiration on a KZR music course.

Founded by professional musician Andy Fleet in 2009, these rock sessions are completely different from those offered by the sort of schools that simply teach large groups of beginners in acoustically-challenged village halls.

Andy’s courses are aimed at youngsters who are serious about their music and who have been playing their instrument for at least 18 months.

Students can look forward to a top notch venue with equipment and instruction to match.

A pianist since the age of 10, Berko-based Andy nearly gave up playing in his early teens as he was so bored with working through classical pieces in isolation.

But luckily he discovered a great rock and jazz teacher who showed him that learning music could also be about harmony, improvising, and composing, not to mention having lots of fun with mates in bands.

After leaving university he embarked on what he describes as his golden era, eking out a living playing the London piano bar scene while living in digs in Camden.

He said: “I didn’t want a normal job, I wanted to put that off for as long as possible.”

He eventually went into a lucrative IT job in the City – even though he loathed it.

Then redundancy hit and he and his wife Emma also suffered personal tragedy when their baby son died when he was less than an hour old. Andy was forced to reassess life.

Nowadays he’s a successful songwriter, piano player, vocalist, and music teacher – passionate about inspiring and encouraging young musicians to continue playing music as they get older.

KZR Music courses are open to boys and girls aged 11 to 17 at an improver to advanced stage.

Students accepted onto the course are grouped into small bands for two full days of playing, writing and performing before the grand finale ‘friends and family’ gig at the end of the final day.

The social side of the workshops is as important as the musical side and youngsters find that they not only develop their playing but also make plenty of new friends.

Sessions are currently available in the Barn at Hemel Hempstead School on Thursday, August 4 to Friday, August 5, and Wednesday, August 31 to Thursday, September 1.

For more information, go to www.kzmusic.co.uk, or contact Andy on 01442 863906 or email rock@kzrmusic.co.uk

More mature rockers will be pleased to note that in October KZR Music is holding a Rock Retreat at Missenden Abbey. Strictly for the over thirties, go to the website to find out more.