School of Rock

Longford School of Rock is a community-based music education organisation in County Longford. It was founded to encourage and support young musicians to develop towards collaborative, live music performance. We believe that playing music instruments and singing with other people (ensemble) is the best way to learn music and gain confidence to perform live. It also helps teenagers to meet other people who like music, gain personal confidence, social skills, and problem solving skills.

Our tutors are local musicians who are passionate about playing live music and are interested in passing on their skill to the next generation of young musicians. Students are taught drums, guitar (acoustic & electric & Bass) at beginner and inter-mediate levels.

The first hour, students are broken into classes based on instruments (guitar, percussion, voice). In the second hour (after a small break) the students are put together into ‘proto’ bands where they practice playing songs together. Each term has a playlist of songs that everybody will learn (Easy versions for beginners / more elaborate versions for intermediate players).

  • Owen Catteral – Musical Director
  • Harry Rusk – Percussion
  • Paul Philips – Acoustic guitar
  • David Crowe – Electric guitar
  • Mary O’Brien – Voice
  • Jemma Jude – Voice
  • Katie Gallagher – Voice, Guitar, Song-writing
  • Erik Thomsen –Bass & Music Technology
  • Shane Crossan – PRO