Club Rockhaq: After School Club

Any young person can join our community and write music reviews. But if you’re talented or want to learn more, then our Club Rockhaq music journalism class is for you.

  • Find and build your creative voice as a writer
  • Build a stellar portfolio of work to share, digitally
  • Start your career in Writing, Music, Journalism and the Arts

Tell Me More!

Want to get better at writing reviews? You might think you’re great, but what do the Rockhaq judges really think? After all, they’re the ones with the experience, skills and contacts to push you to the next level. How about a career in music journalism? Some of our former students have gone on to forge careers in journalism, teaching and more. Why not boost your skills to become an editor or journalist? How about just being awesome at writing and passing all your exams with A* grades? Then our after school club is for you!

Former Student: BBC Journalist Khia Lewis-Todd

bbc journalist khia lewis todd


Who runs Club Rockhaq?

Michelle Dhillon is an award-winning journalist and the Rockhaq community founder. If anyone can teach you how to be more awesome than you already are, it’s her!

Students love regular, detailed feedback from Michelle. A few mention this in our Student Testimonials. This is missing from our free online community: in-depth training. So we’re offering it again through our after school club. Michelle will lead all sessions and give every single student detailed feedback on how to keep improving.

Here’s just a bit of what we cover:

How to Write a Winning Review
Paragraph by paragraph. Then we do it again. And again.
How to Write a Great Live Review
Paragraph by paragraph. Then we do it again. And again.
SPAG: Spelling and Grammar
Constant feedback, improvement and explanations
Uploading work, inserting videos, tweets and basic Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
Drafting, corrections and consistency. Boring but important.

Community Competitions and Music Missions

Music Missions and Cash Prizes

Club Rockhaq students are much more likely to WIN Music Missions and Community Competitions! We ran a competition to find the best student music reviewer at Leicester’s ArtBeat Festival. Didn’t know about it? Well you missed out on a chance to win a £255 cash prize. If you don’t want to miss out again, or even better, make sure your review next time is a surefire contender, then join the community and keep writing. The only way to improve your music reviews is to keep writing more. Our After School Club is the best way for you to keep getting better.

Only the very best Rockhaq community members win Music Missions. This is the way it’s always been. Music Missions are anything from pre-release CD’s to review, interviews with your favourite bands and VIP passes and concert tickets. Team Rockhaq are always looking for awesome writers to give cool stuff to.

We tend to approach Rockhaq community members to give these rewards to. What make us think they deserved them? Their work is excellent, they respond well to feedback, they’re constantly writing on the community, they engage with others and make this an awesome place to be. If we spot talented and active community members in our After School Club, we’ll approach you.

Video Interview: Sam Brookes

Why not hear what gifted former Rockhaq student Sam Brookes had to say? Sam took part in our Rockhaq Community Student Pilot. Sam received regular classes and feedback over a year while he was studying A Levels at sixth-form college in Leicester.

Sam started by writing a live review on Skrillex and followed up with pieces on Tyler, The Creator and the Kerrang! Tour in Birmingham.

By the end of the year Sam had been awarded several music missions to interview his favourite acts and see them live. Sam went on to be an English teacher. He is now a communications manager for a well-known charity and is actively undertaking Music Missions for The Rockhaq Community. Check out part of Sam’s story here.

Register Your Interest in Club Rockhaq
Two hour music journalism workshop, monthly
Saturdays from 11-1pm or 2-4pm, or let us know what time you prefer
How Many?
10 workshops a year
Number of Students?
15 max per club
How Much?
£1-5 per workshop

Register Your Interest to Reserve Your Spot – Places Are Limited

We have just confirmed that Club Rockhaq workshops are coming to Leicester City Libraries (The BRITE Centre) and Leicestershire Libraries (Oadby Library) in 2019. Fill out the form below to reserve your spot.

Anyone can come to Club Rockhaq – we have taught students of all ages from 8-18+ years of age.

If you’re interested in Club Rockhaq elsewhere, let us know below so we can look into making it happen for you.

Registration Form
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