Music Student Case Study: Josh Tolley
“Rockhaq is brilliant – I use it nearly every day and I love being able to write about bands and music, and letting others know what I think about music from different era’s in history. I’ve already won music missions like pre-release CD’s from my favourite bands like the Mars Volta thanks to all my efforts on Rockhaq. My music teacher has also said that he’s noticed my speaking and writing skills have improved a lot already, which I think must be down to me writing on Rockhaq. I hope that I’ll always be able to use Rockhaq as it’s definitely one of the best things I’ve ever done in school or college.”
Josh Tolley is a 20 year old Music Technology student at South Nottingham College who has a very mature taste in music for his age and a real enthusiasm for sharing his opinions. Josh began the college year with a major need to improve his writing and literacy skills, as identified by his learning co-ordinator. Josh joined the Rockhaq pilot with a number of his classmates to use it for a class assignment. The results have been eye-opening.
Josh’s first music review on Enter Shikari’s A Flash Flood of Colour album won Review of the Week and he also took the title again with his second review on Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas album. The standard of Josh’s writing for his ability level and his vocabulary has increased and Josh has very quickly turned into a committed and active Rockhaq blogger, writing music reviews in his own time on about three evenings in an average week.
Josh has written music reviews on artists like Sigur Ros, Bruce Springsteen and Civil Twilight, showing the Rockhaq community his diverse and mature taste and highlighting new acts that others may not know about. Josh was also awarded The Mars Volta’s Noctourniquet album on release to review for Rockhaq and keep.
How has Rockhaq made a difference so far?
Since using Rockhaq, Josh has really widened his vocabulary, improved his understanding of grammar and has increased confidence in expressing his opinions in writing and verbally. These changes have all been noted by his Music Co-Ordinator Ed Whiteley. Josh is currently in our Top Five on the Rockhaq Member Leaderboard, showing the dedicated contribution he has made to the community in a very short space of time.
Josh has been very vocal about his high opinion of Rockhaq and in doing so has encouraged other students at his college to join, such as Mark Wong. Josh’s parents are also aware of his involvement in Rockhaq and have offered to look over his work before he sends it, which shows parental engagement and the reach that Rockhaq can have far beyond the traditional school environment. Josh, being incredibly enthusiastic to get his reviews published, rarely takes them up on this offer!
How often does Josh use Rockhaq?
Josh writes in his Rockhaq blog during most evenings and weekends; he is one of our most active and engaged community members and regularly shares and talks about what he is writing on Facebook. Josh will continue onto the Level 3 BTEC in Music Technology next year and is desperate to keep contributing to his blog and hopefully get an opportunity to see his favourite band, Muse!
Josh won several music missions during the course of the Rockhaq student pilot and improved his literacy skills immensely. He is one of our definite success stories and Team Rockhaq would like to thank Josh for his wonderfully enthusiastic and dedicated approach to contributing to the community during the schools pilot. Well done, Josh!