SATURDAY MUSIC SCHOOL
Music school has been an important part of our children’s musical journey. The teachers are inspirational and the children have great fun while experiencing many different musical genres.
When a student joins our Saturday mornings we make sure they are in the right place to suit their interests, facilitate and support their learning and to join a class of the appropriate level. Whether in primary school, getting ready for GCSE exams or simply enjoying music-making with friends, we have a class for you.
Junior Music School
At Junior Music School we strive to create a positive, exciting, and dynamic environment in which children are free to explore and develop their musical skills.
We aim to nurture each individual pupil’s wider musical needs through themed projects, games, listening diaries, singing, composition, performance opportunities, and high quality chamber music.
The small group size means that the specialist members of staff are able to tailor the sessions around the specific needs of the group.
Our small ensembles are the heart of the music school. Every child is added to a group with other students who will challenge and support their music making. We have hosted string quartets, jazz ensembles, brass trios, pop bands, wind quintets and many more besides.
With our emphasis on small groups we are able to change these ensembles around throughout the year to allow students to try different genres or develop in a chosen area. Our groups are led by experienced and enthusiastic staff who help them work towards termly performances.
Students are encouraged to develop performance skills through playing and singing to their classmates and experienced tutors.
Whether preparing for a music exam, GCSE recording or a family gathering, this class helps build confidence to allow the pupils to give their best performance.
Rap and Lyric writing
This class takes students through different ways of writing lyrics with the aim of creating new tracks to record and perform. Students are also exposed to some beat making if they are interested.
Theory is an important part of any musician’s life, whether the student is looking to pass their Grade 5 ABRSM exam or gain tools to assist their composition and listening skills. We encourage participation from beginners to advanced and run a varied selection of classes.
Songwriting and composition
Composition runs at various points throughout the year from guest workshops to a term of weekly tasks led by our expert tutors. Whether the compositions and songs are written to be performed by visiting professionals, our staff or the pupils themselves, we feel it is a subject that should be encouraged from the beginning of music-making.
We have enjoyed a number of wonderful workshops and talks from our network of fantastic guest speakers and musicians.
From performance classes with the Ensemble 360 to careers talks with BBC Introducing presenter Christian Carlisle; Folk masterclasses with Jon Boden to Composition performances from members of the BBC Philharmonic; Songwriting classes with local artists and producers to YouTube concerts with gospel, jazz, pop and classical performers, we keep our classes varied!