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 to their classmates and experienced tutors. Soloists have the chance to practise and play with our resident accompanist who will guide them through their chosen piece.
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.
This class takes many forms, whether it’s analysing a jazz recording or studying the score of a symphony. Students are ever challenged by our varied choices of genre and approach. We believe it is important to expose pupils to music they have not heard and to expose the staff to the music the students are enjoying at home.
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.
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 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!