Courses

The Sing & Play sessions are fun music learning lessons designed as an opportunity for entry to group music making for 5 – 8yrs, and, if supported by a parent during the lesson, children from 4 years are welcome to join in; it’s a great chance for siblings and friends to make music together.

Course Level:
Beginners
Course Tutor:

Rachel Thame

Time Slot:
9.30 - 10.20
Concert Band

The Concert Band is a fun and challenging session for all Woodwind, Brass, Stringed and Percussion instrumentalists. We aim to play a wide range of pieces and styles, ranging from current chart hits to themes from Film & TV and original classical compositions. There is no audition or minimum grade, as parts can be specially written for less experienced players - we just ask that you have been playing for a short while and can follow basic music notation. We are always looking for new players, especially bass instruments, so please come along and see what we do.

Course Level:
Beginners to Intermediate
Course Tutor:

Sam Massey

Time Slot:
9.30 - 10.20

Choir is for anyone who enjoys singing. We mostly sing popular songs and songs from the shows and generally sing in 2 part harmony. The choir really enjoy performing in the concerts.

Course Level:
Beginners
Course Tutor:

Sue Baxter

Time Slot:
9.30 - 10.20

These sessions will explore how to create and develop song ideas. From the basics of how to write your first song, to improvising and collaborating as a group and having fun.

Course Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Course Tutor:

Kate Graham

Time Slot:
9.30 - 10.20

The folk group invites children to play and sing traditional music from the British Isles (e.g. Ireland & Scotland). It is open to any child familiar with folk music and who is willing to try learning by ear. Encouraging children to play from memory is a key part of the Folk Group, but we also provide recordings and notation as aids. The Folk Group follows the model of a folk session, and the material can be determined by the children themselves. Melody instruments such as flutes, fiddles, tin whistles or bagpipes are most suitable, but anyone is welcome to join.

Course Level:
Intermediate
Course Tutor:

Griselda Sanderson

Time Slot:
10.35 - 11.25
Acoustic Guitar

I use a base of Popular music( in the most part from Rock and Pop ) to enable even the shyest person to stand on the stage at the end of term concert and show the results of their enormous hard work during the previous weeks. This is ensemble work but represents hard won technical skills and abilities in the basics of putting together a Pop song , finding out what it’s made of , what makes it work and how to draw out the best from the students they are working with. The idea of a dozen young people thrashing away on electric guitars together is both unusual and challenging .

Course Level:
Intermediate
Course Tutor:

Steve Verge

Time Slot:
10.35 - 11.25
Tuned Percussion

Tuned percussion is a group for young people who don't necessary own their own instrument but enjoy making music. Ability to read music is helpful but not essential. We play all types of music and genres.

Course Level:
Intermediate
Course Tutor:

Time Slot:
10.35 - 11.25

This is a new group which, at present, consists of strings and wood wind, but welcomes almost any instrument. We work on mainly classical repertoire at a more advanced level. Students are expected to be at about grade 3 level and above.

Course Level:
Advanced
Course Tutor:

Richard Gonski

Time Slot:
10.35 - 11.25
Recorder Group in SaMM Concert

The recorder group is suitable for beginners and those with some recorder playing experience.

The recorder lends itself to interesting opportunities for exploring music elements of melody, rhythm and improvisation.

In the group, skills involving dexterity, coordination and breath control are practiced in the context of enjoying making music

Course Level:
Beginners
Course Tutor:

Clare Devenport

Time Slot:
10.35 - 11.25

For those who have never played the guitar before, this course is for you. Led by Rachel Thame, our Sing and Play tutor, you will be taken through the first steps of guitar playing and helped to understand the basic building blocks of music and performance.

Course Level:
Beginners
Course Tutor:

Rachel Thame

Time Slot:
10.35 - 11.25
String Group

Run by Carol Ballenger for string players.

Course Level:
Intermediate
Course Tutor:

Carol Ballenger

Time Slot:
11.40 - 12.30

This group works on arrangements of jazz compositions, learning about jazz rhythms and styles. The sessions include help with improvisation to build confidence in this very important aspect the music. Almost any instrument is welcome, as long as there is enthusiasm to play jazz.

Course Level:
Intermediate
Course Tutor:

Time Slot:
11.40 - 12.30
Electric Guitar

I use a base of Popular music( in the most part from Rock and Pop ) to enable even the shyest person to stand on the stage at the end of term concert and show the results of their enormous hard work during the previous weeks. This is ensemble work but represents hard won technical skills and abilities in the basics of putting together a Pop song , finding out what it’s made of , what makes it work and how to draw out the best from the students they are working with. The idea of a dozen young people thrashing away on electric guitars together is both unusual and challenging .

Course Level:
Intermediate
Course Tutor:

Steve Verge

Time Slot:
11.40 - 12.30
Untuned Percussion

Untuned percussion is a group for anyone who would like to have a go at playing music together. No previous experience is needed just come and enjoy playing in an ensemble. 

Course Level:
Beginners
Course Tutor:

Time Slot:
11.40 - 12.30