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CALLING ALL TEACHERS! | ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A THRILLING NEW CHALLENGE FOR YOUR ENGLISH, MUSIC OR MEDIA STUDIES CLASSES?

Teachers – are you struggling to get your pupils to engage in creative writing, improve their literacy skills or just stop talking about Justin Bieber, Drake or Bring Me The Horizon in your lessons?

Instead of forcing your students to stop listening to music on their phones, why not embrace this modern-day challenge to your teaching skills? You can come out of this a success!

Headteachers, Music and English teachers and school literacy co-ordinators love us so much that they have been inspired to write their own music reviews and opinion posts on The Rockhaq Community. We love it when this happens.

We aim to leave every school with a passion for writing about music. We’ve worked with students of all ability levels, with surprising turnarounds.

TEACHER TESTIMONIALS:

N. Iqbal, Literacy Lead

A student was calling after me in the corridor yesterday saying how much he loved your workshops and that he wanted to take his workbook home! Thank you! The Head was saying yesterday how the Rockhaq workshops have been so valuable for our students. I want to do it again next year and now I know what it entails and we worked so well together, it might even be better. I really hope to work with you again.
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2018-07-08T18:39:05+00:00
A student was calling after me in the corridor yesterday saying how much he loved your workshops and that he wanted to take his workbook home! Thank you! The Head was saying yesterday how the Rockhaq workshops have been so valuable for our students. I want to do it again next year and now I know what it entails and we worked so well together, it might even be better. I really hope to work with you again.

V. Shaunak, Literacy Lead

Thanks to you ! I think the project is invaluable for students as it lets them be really free with their choices. This gets them to ‘buy in’ emotionally, and therefore ignites their desire to be successful. We have some great output from them, and for me, seeing them being more independent in terms of their choices is real progress, given some of their confidence levels etc. I believe it’s been great for social and emotional development too. Ticking so many boxes really. It’s been a really great experience for all of us working with you and hope we can repeat it.
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2018-07-08T18:39:54+00:00
Thanks to you ! I think the project is invaluable for students as it lets them be really free with their choices. This gets them to ‘buy in’ emotionally, and therefore ignites their desire to be successful. We have some great output from them, and for me, seeing them being more independent in terms of their choices is real progress, given some of their confidence levels etc. I believe it’s been great for social and emotional development too. Ticking so many boxes really. It’s been a really great experience for all of us working with you and hope we can repeat it.

E. Whiteley, Head of Music

I was listening to one of my Rockhaq students doing a class presentation the other day and I stopped to think, “This is actually really, really good!”. This particular student has come a very long way with his literacy skills and is constantly adding reviews to Rockhaq, so I believe it’s made a significant impact on him already.
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2018-07-08T18:40:14+00:00
I was listening to one of my Rockhaq students doing a class presentation the other day and I stopped to think, “This is actually really, really good!”. This particular student has come a very long way with his literacy skills and is constantly adding reviews to Rockhaq, so I believe it’s made a significant impact on him already.

D. Watts, Head of Media Studies

Rockhaq is a great way to understand the industry; it has given our students the chance to review music which has then boosted their self confidence and literacy skills. Getting students to understand what it is they love or loathe about the music they listen to daily is valuable to building positive self-esteem. Rockhaq has helped students develop their communication techniques and the experience has been fantastic! I am also a keen Rockhaq reviewer – I even got a retweet on Twitter from my favourite artist who had read my words.
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2018-07-18T15:10:48+00:00
Rockhaq is a great way to understand the industry; it has given our students the chance to review music which has then boosted their self confidence and literacy skills. Getting students to understand what it is they love or loathe about the music they listen to daily is valuable to building positive self-esteem. Rockhaq has helped students develop their communication techniques and the experience has been fantastic! I am also a keen Rockhaq reviewer – I even got a retweet on Twitter from my favourite artist who had read my words.
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Music + Choice = Engagement

Rockhaq Workshops engage students with music they already know and love. We tell your students to bring their favourite track to our workshops and listen to it on their headphones. We give them a free choice, all while directing them how to write about it. This forms their first professional music review.

And guess what? Our simple formula works every time, across all student ages and abilities. We call our formula Music + Choice = Engagement. Watch our video to hear Rockhaq Workshop students and teachers talk about how having a free and open choice engages everyone to write.

Rockhaq for Careers | REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE OF THE MUSIC AND MEDIA INDUSTRIES

During our pilot we gave away pre-release CDs, gig tickets to sold out concerts and set-up interview opportunities with bands for the best Rockhaq students. We called these real-life assignments Music Missions and guess what – they are set to make a big comeback on The Rockhaq Community!

We awarded students tickets to sold-out concerts for artists they wanted to see live – including Blink 182 in Nottingham, Nicki Minaj in Birmingham – organised interviews with bands they wanted to speak to and gave away pre-release music for artists including The Mars Volta.

Over 2018 we have organised pre-release music and tickets to live shows including US pop punksters Seaway at the Bodega in Nottingham.

These real-life experiences will help your English, Music and Journalism studies students to use their Rockhaq experience positively. They can build a portfolio of digital journalism experience while using this to enter the print, digital, radio or TV industries..

CAREER PATHS FOR ENGLISH & JOURNALISM STUDENTS

  • Journalism
  • PR/Communications
  • Critic
  • Marketing

CAREER PATHS FOR MUSIC STUDENTS

  • Musician
  • Music PR/Music Marketing
  • A&R/ Events Manager
  • Record Label Manager

Are my students suitable for Rockhaq workshops? | THE SHORT ANSWER IS – YES!

Award-winning journalist and Rockhaq Community Founder Michelle Dhillon has worked with the following student groups so far and the list keeps growing:

  • Year 5 & 6 primary school pupils (mixed/advanced ability)
  • Year 8 secondary school pupils (mixed/low ability)
  • Year 9 secondary school pupils (mixed ability)
  • SEN and SEND pupils
  • EAL pupils
  • Gifted & Talented pupils
  • 16-19 A Level pupils
  • 16-19 BTEC Music and Media pupils

If Rockhaq has worked for them, it can work for you too.
Here’s another STUDENT AND TEACHER VIDEO STORY: 

Student Story: Flash in Japan! | MARK WONG – FROM MUSIC STUDENT TO ENGLISH TEACHER


Teachers – want to hear more of what students think? Listen to what Rockhaq Community member Mark Wong has to say about his experience. Mark has been a proactive Rockhaq Community member for three years and has written over 50 reviews in that time. At one point he was writing an astonishing 3,000 words per week – all while attending College and studying Music Production.

He is currently teaching English to students in Japan. Amazing stuff!

More questions or want to book?

Questions? Requests? Want to share your latest class challenge with us and see how we can help? Just contact Team Rockhaq and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours during Monday-Friday, except on UK bank holidays.

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