STUDENTS at St Francis Xavier’s College (SFX) are embarking on alternative music lessons thanks to DJ Mark Armstrong.
The weekly DJ workshops are open to all students as part of SFX’s dedicated extra-curricular activities programme.
Each week, students explore and practise the different techniques of blending and mixing music. The group has the opportunity to get to grips with the music department’s DJ set, as well as trying out Mark Armstrong’s very own decks which he brings to each class.
The budding DJs also use the department’s iMacs to create various beats on Logic-Pro, allowing them to produce their own remixes of well-known songs.
Mark Armstrong is a popular name on the Liverpool dance circuit and has worked at some of the biggest venues in the city, including Garlands, Circo and Alma de Cuba. He has also taken to the stage at Creamfields, playing to thousands of people.
Mark said: “It’s fantastic to teach the students of SFX the basics of DJing. They’ve shown great promise and I’m extremely impressed with how far they’ve come. It would be amazing to see some of them following in my footsteps when they’re older and playing sets in venues around the city.”
Coordinator of music at SFX, David Stokes, commented: “We feel it is important to offer students something different in terms of extra-curricular activities and as many of them are very into dance music, we thought they’d really benefit from learning how to create it themselves.
“It has been a really popular class and it is brilliant to see everyone so dedicated and eager to learn.”
For more information on St Francis Xavier’s College, visit: www.sfx.liverpool.sch.uk.