Ex-Sweet star will teach kids how to rock

Schools in Portsmouth are about to get a very different type of music lesson thanks to Clive's Easylearn Rock Roadshows.

There are free after-school rock roadshows for all local schools with ex-Sweet vocalist Mark Thompson-Smith.

They are run in conjunction with the extended services community improvement partnership co-ordinators, who provide activities for breakfast clubs and after-school clubs.

The pupils have the chance to see the Easylearn way of teaching music and get a chance to play in a rock band too, playing drums, bass or guitar.

Children's Minister Dawn Primarolo visited one roadshow recently held at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Copnor.

Mr Thompson-Smith, from Clanfield, has been the local Clive's Easylearn Rock and Pop Schools franchisee for the last three years and runs five Easylearn Rock Schools in the South, with ALNS as his Portsmouth base on Saturday mornings.

He said: 'My team and I are delighted to be able to be involved in teaching kids and adults in our five schools but I wanted to be able to extend awareness of other methods of teaching music to young people overall.

'Music is just a wonderful activity and a simple way to engage them, particularly when they may be at the age when traditional lessons lose their appeal.

'I've certainly had a fantastic time in my varied musical career and this is just a brilliant way to be able to pass on that experience and give something back.'

If your school would like a visit from Mark and the Easylearn Rock Roadshow team contact your local extended services team or call (023) 9243 6122 or e-mail portsmouth@clivesmusic.co.uk