“Matt has worked with our year five pupils for 6 weeks after we identified they were a cohort that needed more support in terms of their social, emotional mental health and wellbeing. Matt is just totally awesome and the pupils have absolutely loved having whole class guitar sessions each week. The impact the sessions have made on the children’s wellbeing has been astounding and many of the children now want to take up guitar lessons as a result! The children look forward to the session and it provides them with an afternoon of fun, a sense of belonging and a sense of achievement. Matt ensures that the sessions are completely safe – he cleans all the guitars before and after each session and the children sit apart adhering to all COVID guidelines. We can’t thank Matt enough for helping to support our pupils’ wellbeing. Kids that Rock comes highly recommended!”
Mrs Sophie Slater-Baynes – Assistant Headteacher/SENCO, Havannah Primary School, Cheshire (December 2020)
“Thomas was very excited to tell me all about his guitar lesson at school and it was lovely to see how much he enjoyed it. He said it was brilliant!”
Anna Dale, Parent, Havannah Primary School, Cheshire, (November 2020)
“Matt from Kids That Rock accommodated all of our needs and Year 6 absolutely loved their workshop! The children got so much from the day and left feeling inspired and excited – one staff member described the atmosphere as ‘absolutely buzzing with excitement’. Thank you so much Matt – we will be booking again!”
Jody Dingley, Assistant Headteacher, Whitgreave Primary, West Midlands
“Thank you so much for the day you spent at Wistaston. I have had feedback from year 2 and year 6. They all absolutely loved it, thank you so much for doing the full day and entertaining the Year 6 children as well last minute. It’s a great way for the children to learn a tuned instrument when many of us are musically challenged!! Year 6 have said that it was pitched at the perfect level for them and that you taught so much in a short time! It was great that they could join in with the songs straight away and all the children were able to understand what they were doing. I am sure we will be in touch again to use your services and look forward to that. Thank you so much!”
Abby Lowry, Teacher, Wistaston Green Academy, Cheshire (March 2020)
“Matt’s workshop was ACE! It was amazing to see the children so engaged in the lesson and I was impressed with how much they learnt in just one morning. Matt is a talented musician and is also very personable which made organising the day very easy. He delivered a brilliant workshop which linked to our topic, The USA. Our pupils felt extremely proud of themselves to be playing along to well-known tunes and also loved the ‘Name that Tune’ game. Many students were so inspired and eager to learn more, they have expressed an interest in guitar lessons. Thank you so much for such a great session!”
Amy French, Teacher, Lambs Lane Primary, Reading (November 2019)
“The children and adults had an amazing day! We have all learned new skills and been enriched by the experience. I would highly recommend Matt’s workshops.”
Jill Jones, Teacher, Great Bentley Primary, Essex (November 2019)
“Wow! What can I say. The workshop was AMAZING! Everyone that took part enjoyed themselves and said they wanted to do it again. Kids that Rock will be a regular event from now on. We look forward to seeing Matt again later this month. A fantastic workshop at a very competitive rate. Worth every penny. Highly Recommend.”
Fay Lewis, Business Development Manager, Multiple Abilities Club (Charity)
“The Kids That Rock guitar workshop was really well received by everybody that took part and it was good to see families getting involved together. Matt presented the workshop in a fun and easy-to-understand way. It was amazing that after just an hour of learning, using a simple numbered string system, the entire group was able to play along to well-known tunes. The more serious learning was interspersed with lighthearted Q&A sessions and ‘guess the tune’ which everybody loved. I would recommend Matt’s workshop for any group of primary school age children or for mixed family groups.”
Liz Murray, Press Officer, Sherborne Abbey Festival, Dorset
“This lot absolutely rocked it today! The group showed persistence and determination to learn a new skill – Guitar! So proud listening to them playing along to the tunes, amazing effort from all. A few children even said it’s something they’d like to continue, showing they’ve found a new interest! Big thanks to Matt from Kids That Rock for a fantastic session.”
Sam Pickard, SELFA Children’s Charity. Skipton. North Yorkshire
“A fantastic workshop offered by a talented musician and teacher! I couldn’t believe how the Y6 class sounded after just one session with Matt! We will definitely be making this a regular event at school. Amazing!”
Mrs Gohr (Head of school) Pikemere Primary School. Alsager. Cheshire
“An enjoyable workshop delivered by an enthusiastic and talented musician. The Key Stage Two pupils at Ravens Academy enjoyed learning how to play and have even started to ask their parents for guitars for their Christmas presents”
Charley Minter, Deputy Head Teacher, Ravens Academy, Essex
“The perfect musical enrichment, an outstanding well paced workshop.
All the pupils loved it, we will definitely book again!”
Mrs Morris (Head of school) Cranberry Academy, Alsager. Cheshire
“Kids that Rock was a perfect musical treat during our school’s Enrichment Week. The children showed a great deal of progress during the day and Matt maintained a fun atmosphere. The material covered was fully inclusive and every child remained engaged throughout, due to the wide range of activities and Matt’s friendly style. I’d certainly recommend Kids that Rock and hope to book again next year.”
Mr Barber D (Director of Music) Brentwood Preparatory School, Essex.
“The children all thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. They were enthused and confident to play, they found it hard to put the guitars down!”
Mrs Smith (Music Coordinator) Duddon St. Peters Primary School. Cheshire
“The workshop was really engaging and hands on for the children. Matt was friendly and approachable, meaning all children were confident to ask for support and progress well. Thank you for a fantastic day!”
Mrs Day (Y5 Teacher) Rykneld Primary School, Burton on Trent. Staffordshire.
“Matt gives the children a brilliant taste of learning an instrument in a way that enthuses and motivates them. He does this in a relevant way, by using current music which the children can engage with. I would definitely recommend his workshops.”
Louise Anderson (Music Subject Lead) Cranberry Academy, Alsager.
“Presentation was fab! Very clear and simple. Year 5 listened very well and were kept engaged throughout the session. Super!”
Janice Shortland (Music coordinator) Pikemere Primary School, Alsager
“A great session! All the children concentrated for an hour – even our difficult characters. The pace was just right, even for me!”
Lindsay Smith (SEN Teacher)
“Year 6 were thoroughly engaged during the session. It was fun for all abilities, from beginner to advanced (even pupils who have regular guitar lessons). An easy-to-follow enjoyable afternoon.”
Suzanne Dodd (Y6 Teacher)
“Amazing! When are you coming back?”
“I want to start learning guitar now.”
“Even though I have guitar lessons, it was good to do it with the whole class.”
“The best part was playing along to the music”
About Matt as a guitar teacher…
“Matt taught all 3 of my boys to play the guitar. He was patient, friendly and worked really hard to engage the boys with music that they loved. He is a great role model, as he can play so well himself. I would highly recommend him. ????”
Caroline Stannard – Primary School Teacher- 2017
“Matt has taught my son for 9 years and he has inspired George with a love of music.
Matt tailors lessons to his pupils’ interests and covers a wide variety of genres.
George looks forward to lessons as they are fun as well as challenging.
Matt is an excellent teacher”
Elizabeth Crofts – Foreign Language Teacher – 2017
“My son has had guitar lessons with Matt for 3 years now and has loved every moment! From his first lesson he was motivated and inspired. Matt made sure that he had recognizable, interesting tunes to practice at home right from the beginning, making it fun and engaging.
He is now working to Grade 3 level at the age of 9 and his guitar playing is his passion, largely down to Matt’s encouragement and teaching.
Sam has joined one of Matt’s guitar groups too over the past 2 years and has gained a huge amount of skill and confidence through playing in a group.
I would strongly encourage any parent thinking of getting their child started with an instrument to try the guitar. I think it’s unique, with the right teaching, in its ability to quickly transform your child into a music lover!! Hopefully for life………”
Sarah Caddy- School Governor – 2017