Our very own academy of pop
It is Cork's school of rock. The Academy of Popular Music has opened its doors to budding guitarists, drummers, keyboard artists and singers for three years.
Until recently, those who wished to join an academy were confined to classical, but pop music is a growing field of study.
The Academy of Popular Music is based in Cork Institute of Technology's School of Music as a private venture. Some of the tutors are staff and graduates of the school.
"A classical programme may work well for some musicians but it does not suit everybody.
"The point of the academy course is to match people with their age group and their interests, whether they be emos, goths or something else."
Students learn their instruments in groups after school as an extracurricular activity.