Dereham music academy set to mark 15th anniversary

JDT Music Academy is celebrating its 15th anniversary - From left, Holly Jones, Nia Howe, Aaron Hous

JDT Music Academy is celebrating its 20th anniversary - From left, Holly Jones, Nia Howe, Aaron Houseago, and Janel Spalding. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

From world record drumming marathons to rock choirs, and fitness classes to fun sessions for people with disabilities, it has been a busy few years for a music academy.

Now JDT Music Academy is poised to celebrate its 15th anniversary and the team behind it are looking to the future.

Janel Spalding and Nia Howe run the academy in partnership at its Rashs Green Industrial Estate site.

As well as running numerous musical groups and world record attempts JDT gives music tuition in a range of instruments.

Miss Howe said: 'Time has flown by very quickly. When you look back over the time at how much we have done it does seem like a large chunk of time though.

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'When you are doing a job you love and passionately believe in it doesn't feel like work most of the time.'

The academy has helped nurture a hot bed of talent with young musicians heading off to some top music schools and universities as well as forming successful bands.

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Ms Spalding said: 'For us the most important thing is to see the students achieve their goals when we have had something to do with that.'

Miss Howe added: 'We tell them what is possible and show them that if you follow your dreams they are achievable. It is hard work and most of them know they will have to balance it out with another job but eve if they don't want to make a living of it, it is a skill that will stay with them for the rest of their life.'

As well as breaking the world record for the longest drumming marathon twice, with a further attempt later this year, some of their favourite aspects of their work include rock choir Rockavox and disability music sessions Music Makes Me.

Top of their list of plans for the coming years is building their own purpose built facility so there is more space for a recording studio and gig venue.

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