JamVan must be like music to pupils’ ears

Mark Westley Photography' Jon Halden from great Cornard, who runs a music tuition business and now has a Jamvan, a caravan which is fully equipped for music lessons. ANL-141125-230604009
Mark Westley Photography' Jon Halden from great Cornard, who runs a music tuition business and now has a Jamvan, a caravan which is fully equipped for music lessons. ANL-141125-230604009
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A music teacher from Great Cornard is taking his lessons to schools across the county – thanks to his new JamVan caravan.

Jon Haldon, from Head Lane, set up his music tutoring business, Up-beat, five years ago, offering affordable tuition for children.

Having grown the venture – it currently provides lessons for 300 children via seven different tutors – the 29-year-old has a new toy.

His converted caravan is taking lessons to the remotest of schools and to those that no longer have enough space, giving all children the chance to learn to play an instrument.

“I go to outlying schools that wouldn’t otherwise be able to have tuition,” he said.

“They are often so much smaller but the parents still want the same things.”

As well as catering for one-on-one and group lessons, the JamVan is also a recording studio and can be hired by bands or for workshops.

It has been booked for a djembe workshop later this year in an attempt to teach children the art of the west African drum.

Mr Haldon said his ambition was to see more pupils thrive from music.

“When I learnt, I was taught the way the teacher wanted me to,” he said.

“I think lessons should be planned on how the pupil wants to learn.”