FAQ


What is Rock United?
What instruments are included?
What are the requirements for participation?
How many players are there in a group?
What music is covered?
What happens during the recording?
How much does the course cost?
What happens if you start the course and are found to be unsuitable?
What happens if you don’t like the course?
Where does the course happen?
Is there any food available?
How do I book a place on the course?
Who runs Rock United?

What is Rock United?

Rock United is a holiday and after-school course designed to train budding musicians (ages 10-16,  from Yr 6) how to play together and create good music.

During the course you will learn:

  • Techniques of playing in a band – responsibilities as a band member to yourself,  to the other members of the band and to your audience.
  • Sound – your own personal sound and the band sound.
  • Rehearsal techniques – learning a tune quickly, how to pinpoint problems and address them quickly.
  • Understanding and analysing a song form and arrangement.
  • Band dynamics – how to make the band and arrangement sound interesting and exciting.

Back to the top

What instruments are included?

  • Electric Guitar,  Electric Bass,  Drums,  Keyboards,  Saxophone and Voice.
  • Other instruments are welcome if appropriate – please ask!!
  • Amplification,  drums and microphones (and mic leads) will be provided.
  • Anything else (e.g. guitars, FX pedals, keyboards, leads, power supplies, batteries) must be supplied by the student.

It is possible to leave instruments overnight at the rehearsal studios,  however neither Rock Utd nor The Mill Hill Music Complex can take responsibility for the instruments.  It is recommended that the instruments be insured before leaving them at the studio.

Back to the top

What are the requirements for participation?

Players should not be beginners and will be expected to have a basic knowledge
of their instrument.
(Please note that the course is to teach the art of ensemble playing and not an
individual instrument)

  • Guitar – Knowledge of open, basic bar chords and power chords.
  • Bass – Notes of the fingerboard and ability to keep a steady rhythm.
  • Drums – Ability to hold a basic solid Rock groove for 3/4 minutes.
  • Keyboards – Knowledge of Major and Minor chords and scales.
  • Voice – To be able to scream yer head off nicely and melodically.

Ability to solo is an asset not a requirement.

Back to the top

How many players are there in a group?

The groups comprise of a maximum of 8 players (depending on instruments) and
attempts are made to place them in groups according to ability and age.

Back to the top

What music is covered?

Each group will prepare 2 or 3 songs, one will be recorded at the end of the week.
The songs are chosen to suit the ability of the group with the final recording in mind.
The songs could be current or “retro”.

Back to the top

Although we are called “Rock” Utd, the material covered can be wide ranging:

From Deep Purple to Michael Jackson, from Outkast to Pink Floyd!

It is also possible for the group would like to perform a song of their choice providing the instructor feels it would be suitable.

Back to the top

What happens during the recording?

The final day of the course is spent recording a song/songs learnt during course.
Usually we manage to record 1 or 2 songs per group.

Back to the top

The recording will take place in a professional studio.

  • Initially the Rhythm section is recorded with the singer recording a guide track (to

help the band, but not used in the final recording).

  • The singer then overdubs his/her voice after the band has recorded.
  • The recording is mixed (edited and polished) in another studio.
  • The student will be sent an mp3of the recording after the end of the course.

This is a very time consuming process so the finished product will not be
available immediately.

Please note that the Friday recording sessions usually last 4 hours (end 3pm).

Back to the top

How much does the course cost?

The fee for a five-day course is £140 (£50 deposit is required on booking, £90 balance payable on the first day of the course).

4 day courses cost £115 (£50 & £60).

Cheques made payable to Ivor Goldberg please.

Back to the top

Important:

Courses will only run if there are sufficient participants (minimum 5 per group); if your preferred time is unavailable you will be offered an alternative.
We will try to let you know in good time if this was to happen or if the course has to be cancelled for whatever reason.

Back to the top

What happens if you start the course and are found to be unsuitable?

If a student is felt to be unsuitable for the group/course by the instructor for any reason, the fee paid will be refunded minus the time spent on the course. Usually
this becomes evident very quickly on the first day.

Back to the top

What happens if you don’t like the course?

If after the first day you really don’t like it, then you will be refunded the cost remaining days.

Back to the top

Please note:

Courses will only run if there are sufficient participants (minimum 5 per group); if
your preferred time is unavailable you will be offered an alternative.

Back to the top

Is there any food available?

Rock Utd does not provide any food during the course.
It is advisable that the participants bring some food with them – there will be a break for lunch at aroumd 12:30 pm

The Mill Hill Music Complex shop sells snacks – crisps, chocolate bars, soft drinks etc., and has a variety of pot noodles!!

Back to the top

Where does the course happen?

The course will take place at the:

Mill Hill Music Complex
Bunns Lane Works

Bunns Lane
Mill Hill London NW7 2AJ

Phone: 020 8906 9991

www.millhillmusic.co.uk

Map

Back to the top

How do I book a place on the course?

For bookings and availability please contact:

Ivor Goldberg
Mob: 07905 355 022
Email: rockutd@f2s.com

Back to the top

Who runs Rock United?

Rock United is run by Ivor Goldberg (Dip.Music Berklee College of Music, Boston) a guitarist, composer, band leader and teacher. He was head of The London Music School,  and was the original creator of the legendary Axe Monster concerts at King Alfred School,  Hampstead.

He currently teaches at LCCM – London Centre for Contemporary Music and runs band workshops at Henrietta Barnet School and at Brooklands Junior School (Years 5 & 6).
Ivor has worked as a professional musician since 1984,  has written music for numerous TV programs and adverts and has played in a variety of settings – recording sessions with Dusty Springfield, and Jazz fusion with Shakatak and Roadside Picnic.

For 13 years he has co-run Shir,  a popular Jewish music group specialising in traditional Jewish music for concerts and parties. To find out more go to – www.shirmusic.co.uk

Back to the top