THE BAND PROJECT PHILOSOPHY:
All of The Band Project’s courses are built around a core idea of always seeing the individuals in the room – every member of a band is unique. This idea is why we insist on working with such small student to tutor ratios – a maximum of six students in a band to one tutor.
Our approach is something that sets us apart from other organisations who’s bands or group performances can number as high as nine or ten members at once which doesn’t allow for anyone’s individual voice to develop or to receive the kind of support and nurturing we believe brings the most benefit, musically and personally.
We have a bespoke approach to music education that’s driven by the needs and interests of the band members first and foremost. There’s no one size fits all approach or syllabus with a tick box system that defines what ‘getting it right’ means. We believe music shouldn’t be experienced like that.
All of are tutors are trained to ask why a student has joined The Band Project, what do they need and want from the experience and how can the songs and the arrangements the tutors create help them the most. Music is an amazing tool that can make such a real and lasting difference to people building their confidence, expression, creativity, teamwork and is a great way to make friends.
The performance focus isn’t so much to do with the end result and it’s quality, though that’s really important and where the sense of achievement is had. It’s strongly rooted in finding a freedom of expression, the sense of being a valued part of the team and to recognise the personal moments of growth that happens over the full duration of
But most importantly at it’s heart The Band Project is simply just a fun, relaxed and encouraging environment to play great music with your friends. That’s it.
MEET FOUNDER CHRIS MOUNTFORD
Band Project founder Chris Mountford comes from a musical family with his Grandpa a sound engineer recording the big bands of the forties, his great Aunt a concert pianist who ran a music school and probably most interestingly a Grandmother who played drums in an all ladies orchestra in the thirties. Chris began drumming at age nine after starting out with the usual banging on the pots and pans in the kitchen and being brought up on Queen, Status Quo, The Beatles, Glam Rock and all the music his Dad grew up listening too. He was set on a course even earlier by failing miserably at the recorder at Primary School and instead being handed percussion aged four or five to be included.
Having done his degree at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford Chris went on tour supporting Will Young on his Friday’s Child festival tour and with the same group performed with Jools Holland for HRH Prince Charles and a star studded Princes Trust audience including Pete Waterman, Brian May and Joan Armatrading.
Following touring Chris recorded demos with platinum selling producer/writer/musician Alan Glass (Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Misteeq, Earth, Wind & Fire) and organised concerts with some of the UK’s top Jazz musicians including MOBO and BBC jazz award winner and Mercury prize nominee Soweto Kinch, Tomorrows Warriors and Dune Records founder Gary Crosby OBE and members of the award winning group Empirical amongst others.
Chris continues to write original music for his own project CCDM fusing Jazz with House, Drum N Bass, Broken Beats and Minimalism whilst growing The Band Project to reach more and more musicians, whatever their age.@CCDM85
ABOUT THE TUTORS
We insist on using gigging musicians so our students learn from those who still understand and love the buzz of playing for an audience. Being a brilliant musician doesn’t mean it’s a given that you can teach. Our team are chosen for not only being great players but for also having the ability to inspire and pass on their knowledge.
Every member of The Band Project team holds an enhanced DBS check and goes through a full training day with Band Project founder Chris Mountford covering our teaching approaches and philosophy and how to deliver both. We strive for a consistency in the Band Project standard and experience but every tutor will bring their own style, personality and approaches. We want their individuality to be celebrated and encouraged so that their teaching can be much more natural and instinctive, not a restricted tick box approach.
HERE’S WHAT SOME OF OUR TEAM HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE BAND PROJECT:
“I can safely say The Band Project is an amazing concept that works so well. There’s nothing better than seeing the kids’ enjoyment of the experience and seeing them progress weekly. As a full time guitar teacher for several years, even I have been blown away by the results that can be achieved over a relatively short time. As an activity that educates, inspires and grows confidence and social skills, I would highly recommend The Band Project to any parents of children who play and love music. A truly amazing setup.”
Diego, Chiswick Tutor
“The Band Project is an amazing experience for everyone involved and the results are as fantastic as they are rewarding. I teach three of the bands and the progression I have seen in the young musicians, both in confidence and musicianship is absolutely incredible! I have always been a firm believer in however much you practice at home, nothing compares to playing in real bands with other musicians and playing gigs in real venues. The Band Project offers this and much more. A brilliant time had by all.”
Alex, Brighton Tutor