Can you rock the class?

ARE you a rocker?Can you teach the musical skills of Slash or Keith Richards? If the answer is yes then you just might have the expertise that Suffolk College is looking for.

James Marston

ARE you a rocker?

Can you teach the musical skills of Slash or Keith Richards?

If the answer is yes then you just might have the expertise that Suffolk College is looking for.

Nestling among the college's latest job adverts is a totally new position - Lecturer in Music (Rock Guitar).

Suffolk College assistant principal (creative arts and media) Christine Walters said music courses are a fast growing part of the college curriculum.

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She added: “We started music courses two years ago with 14 students and this year we are expecting an intake of 90 students.

“Music is an area which is successfully expanding. The majority of students do a national diploma in music which covers a wide range of styles including folk, jazz, cabaret and rock. Students tend to form bands themselves and do gigs around the college and town.”

Ms Walters said the college already has experts in keyboards, trombone and trumpet, singing, double bass and percussion.

She said: “We are looking for a specialist in rock guitar as it is one of the most popular instruments students play and want to play. It is not as unusual as it sounds and I suspect most other colleges with a music curriculum would have a rock guitar lecturer.”

The full time job - which comes with a salary of between £20,400 and £31,560 - requires 35 hours a week with up to 23 hours teaching time.

The advert says: “You will therefore have demonstrable knowledge and experience of the music industry, specifically as a rock/indie based guitarist, and will also have a degree, or equivalent, in a related area.”

Ms Walters added: “The interview will include an audition and demonstration of how they will teach the instrument to students.”

The closing date for applications in August 15.

- What musical instrument do you play? Do you lecture on an unusual subject? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk