New music school opens its doors

MUSICIANS across the region received a boost this weekend as a new music academy opened its doors to encourage talented individuals to thrive.

MUSICIANS across the region received a boost this weekend as a new music academy opened its doors to encourage talented individuals to thrive.

Punch Music Academy held its first open day on Sunday welcoming people of all ages in to see their studios and what they have to offer.

Founded by professional musicians Joe Bailey, Marty Prior and Martin Webb it will fill the void left by the closure of the Ipswich Music Academy (IMA).

Mr Bailey said the open day went very well. He said: “In this area there has been nothing like this before.

“People were coming in and saying how great it was that it has been set up because it covers all aspects of music.

“There were even people coming down to rehearse their bagpipes because they can't do it at home.”

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Mr Bailey said they were all “extremely” excited about the project and were looking forward to working with talented people from all over Suffolk.

“It is really exciting, not just for ourselves but for Ipswich as a community,” he said. “Music is in everyone, and is one of those things we want to coax out of people, taking them to the next level, punching above their weight if possible.

“We want to get people playing and enjoying themselves. Whatever your ability there are no boundaries when it comes to music.

“We had some great young, local bands playing at the open day and we will be holding workshops over Easter.

“We want to become a media hub, incorporating music with other media forms, film and video too.”

He added that the academy was also aimed at parents teaching them how to string a guitar and set up a drum set for when they are bought as presents for their children.

The studio, based off Norwich Road on South Street, Ipswich, has recently been refurbished and is currently being expanded to ensure the best possible surroundings for people to develop their musical abilities.

Tutoring, master classes, concerts and clinics are all in the pipeline this year as well as the opportunity for people to make use of the facilities to record music professionally.

After the closure of the IMA all current members will receive a free transfer to the new academy if required.

For more information contact info@punchmusicacademy.co.uk or visit www.punchmusicacademy.co.uk.

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