Year 8 were treated to a special hands on presentation by Future DJs today. This is a new initiative to encourage all pupils to engage in hands-on music-making using the music they listen to outside school. This was well received by our students. The visiting DJs commended the behaviour and engagement of our pupils saying that ‘Bishop Luffa was the best school they had visited so far’. The students were shown how the equipment worked and have a great time listening to the music being mixed. One of our students, Dylan Hicklin (8Wilson) was invited to have a go on the decks and then the audience were invited to ask questions.
Now that exam boards have recognised DJ decks as an instrument, DJ-ing can be a part of Music GCSE. Bishop Luffa is proud to announce that we will be able to offer weekly 30–minute lessons at school and in school time, like usual instrumental lessons. Lessons will be available as solo lessons, or for pairs of students. There is no need to buy any special equipment as this is provided within school.
The scheme is not just to create DJs but to enable all our pupils to foster the love of music that they listen to. Ultimately, we want to create versatile, musicians, with strong listening skills, musical awareness and a passion for music of any genre. For more information the new scheme and details how to sign up for lessons please visit www.futuredjs.org/get-involved.
Mrs J Bowen-Melfi, Head of Music