About RoKzKool Academy


An innovative musical project – Our Story

RoKzKool4U has been operating in and around the Highlands for over 5 years now.

We now have our Charitable Status, RoKzKool Academy (SCIO) We run workshops during term time working in partnership with Schools and Communities. We also offer week long courses during school holidays with emphasis very much on music sport and fun. We have facilitated Events and Galas, with us now being offered a 2nd year at Belladrum! Our Students are amazing!

All our Students work towards building skills, incorporating recognised awards, such as Hi5, Saltire, Youth Awards and DofE.

Our aim is to build confidence, self esteem, resilience and social skills we provide a platform for our students to develop skills and knowledge to perform not only on stage but into the world of work.

Health and well-being is encouraged, as is parent participation, with a student led approach, allowing students to become a main part of every project we deliver. We have guest speakers from our partner organisations and companies offering opportunities to Rokzkool Academy through residential retreats and local activities run by organisations such as The Rotary Clubs, local Youth Development Teams such as Clachnacudden FC, along with sponsors such as C0-op, Asda, Tesco, Albyn Housing Association, Cairn Housing Association and the Tulloch Group. We also work together with Youth Highland, Signpost, Highland Children’s Forum, SNAP, NAS, and the NHS to allow us to work together for the benefit of the Community.

We enhance musical skill through a variety of activities. We believe that everybody has some kind of musical ability but some of us just need encouragement, confidence and direction to find it. All of our workshops will offer a series of activities devoted to the musical emotional and social development of children. The facilities are designed to entertain, exercise and stimulate children while reinforcing good social skills in a group musical environment.

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Fostering a commitment to young people

Our goal is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills and reassert a sense of hope in the future. Only through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be established that will give children the commitment to follow through on the path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

To achieve this young people will be in a caring, inclusive learning environment that promotes their best effort and enforce personal respect.  Over time, Rokzkool will create a learning environment that will be an invaluable resource to young people, aspiring mentors and the communities at large.

Unique to the Highlands

RoKzKool offers a unique service in the Highlands. There is no other extra curricular activity thats provides children with the opportunity to sample a wide variety of instruments such as various kinds of drums, double bass, acoustic and electric guitar, singing and learning the structure of musical notes. You can browse our gallery page to see some of the musical instruments and our students playing them.

Our workshops offer quality proven structure allowing both solo work, being part of a group and the skills and social skills learnt will transfer from the stage into the rest of their lives too!

Kay Ewen and Rod Shannon

Kay’s Bio

Kay is from Inverness and together with Rod are parents to 5 children. Kay has extensive management experience in training and development, and recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in business management. Kay is passionate about offering children the chance to be fit and active. She holds a Sports Coaching Qualification and Gymnastics level 1, and is now a SFA Junior Football Coach! so she is able to integrate sport and fitness into the RoKzKool programme using fun, games and activities.

Rod’s Bio

Rod is our resident musician and has over 30 years experience including studying classical guitar for 3 years and can turn his hand to most instruments including a wide variety of guitars, drums, double bass, xylophone, vibraphone and many more. He has a good knowledge of the music industry and has played in many bands since he was a young adult. Rod also attended the Glasgow School of Art and is a keen artist in his spare time.

Rod’s experience also includes 11 years working with adults who have a wide spectrum of learning disabilities. Rod firmly believes that music can offer a wonderful opportunity to build confidence, find an outlet and make friends.

They are both registered with the PVG scheme, and have attended courses for the Protection of Children. They are currently qualified and capable of handling Music Workshop Management and Security and Safety with CPR First Aid qualifications through the  Luck2Bhere charity.