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Sunday 20 April 2014

Happy Mondays singer to teach at 'school of rock'

From Morrissey to Shaun Ryder, Manchester is famed for its musical mavericks. Now the city's rock legends will lecture the next generation of hopefuls at a new college offering degree courses in axe-wielding, stagecraft and swagger.

Members of The Smiths, Happy Mondays and Elbow will be guest tutors when the £3.5m (€4.1m) new BIMM Manchester campus opens its doors to 200 students in September.

Applications are being accepted for a BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship (Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Songwriting, Bass). A BA (Hons) in Music Business Management and Music Event Management is also being offered.

A highlight of the £5,750 course will be a chance to attend lectures from some of Manchester's most prominent musical names. Mike Joyce, drummer with The Smiths, addressed potential students at an open day yesterday.

Shaun Ryder (pictured), the Happy Mondays singer once notorious for his narcotic use, is also expected to be a guest lecturer when the institution opens. Ryder will prove an excellent lecturer, believes Vaseema Hamilton, the BIMM principal. "It's important to have guest tutors who tell it like it is," she said. (© Independent News Service)

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