Part A: explore the arts as a participant

Arts activity: 
Attending Rock School  – Developing my voice, improving my singing and stage presence, creating and singing an original song, ‘Tacos and Cheese’, recording it, creating a music video and perform the song live on stage.


Tacos and Cheese Tacos and Cheese

How I developed my participation: 
I have bee very strict in the development of my voice, practising at home but making the most of my rehearsal time at rock school.

What I’ve learnt:

“I learnt everything I know through singing. I’ve learnt how to project my voice properly into the mic and like, how to get the notes I could never get.” 01:05 Reflection Video

Part B: explore the arts as an audience member


It’s great been given the opportunity to go to a gig where everyone enjoys and plays different styles of music. It was good to experience how the audience reacted to the performances and makes me want to go for it and push myself even more.

Part C: arts heroes and heroines


Hero: Synyster Gates

My name is Martin and my musical inspiration is Synyster Gates, he is a kick ass guitarist. He plays lead guitar in the band Avenged Sevenfold, his other band members are The Rev (dead), M Shadows, Zacky V and Johny Christ. They are all from America, the genre is alternative metal.

Synyster is of German and Spanish ancestry and join Sevenfold in 1999 at the age of 18. He studied music in College, whilst playing for Sevefold. Synyster c an also play the trombone. Synyster has featured on tracks such as, The Ricer and Dirty Little Girl. He has also played with Pinkly Smooth and Axewound.

One thing I like about Avenged Sevenfold is that they have a great stage presence. My favourite song of their’s is Unholy Confessions. The reason I like this song so much is that it just reaches out to me. I can listen to it a million times and not get bored. Synyster is also know as Syn.  Syn uses schecter guitars with Signature Avenger Models. Synyster’s real name is Brian Elgin Hanger Junior and all members of Avenged Sevenfold have stage names which resemble their personality. In the future I hope to have a successful music career of my own, because it’s just what I want to do and people like Synyster inspire me to be creative. Music is my life.

Part D: enjoying the arts

Martin Lesson

Skill – Screaming

I thought I delivered a clear and precise lesson which was easy to follow. I was also pleased to be able to go into depth with a subject I am very passionate about. Caitlin was a good student and gave really positive feedback.