Press release

Housing association uses rock band lessons to empower primary school children

A group of children at two primary schools started receiving free rock band lessons in September, thanks to a unique corporate social responsibility partnership between Rocksteady Music School, Moat Foundation and Pollards Hill Community Committee.

Over 100 children at Harris Primary in Merton and William Morris Primary Mitcham will receive free rock band lessons, designed to boost their confidence, self-esteem and teamwork skills. Ben Millier, Head of Impact at Rocksteady, said: “Kudos to Moat for identifying this unique opportunity to make a positive difference in their community. Every day we see the amazing effects that playing in a band has on children, musically, socially and to their wellbeing and so we are delighted that Moat Housing are enabling more children in their community to benefit.”

Miranda Van Manen-Bower, Head at William Morris Primary School said: “The lessons have already had a huge impact on the children, they have grown in confidence and have learnt to work collaboratively with their peers to be successful in their band. We are so grateful that this project can take place in our school.”


Jason Charles, Community Development Officer at Moat said: “We are delighted to be a part of this brilliant new initiative that gives the young people of Pollards Hill the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and be part of a band. We’re looking forward to seeing these rock stars perform.” 

The Rocksteady way is based on child-led learning and over a decade of providing positive music making experiences at an early age. Children are taught by professional gigging musicians with a focus on empowering all children to play music they love in real bands, even if they’ve never touched an instrument before. As well as weekly lessons, last year Rocksteady provided completely free music experiences to over 300,000 children in schools, charities and groups across the UK.

Moat is a leading housing association in the South East of England, which manages over 20,000 affordable homes in communities throughout the South East of England.

Moat Foundation is the charitable arm and has particular focus on those who face challenges due to age, ill health or financial hardship. With the help of partnership working Moat Foundation’s activities are delivered through programmes and projects designed to enhance society and build more cohesive communities.