Courses

Concert Band
Course Tutor:

Sam Massey

Time Slot:
9.30 - 10.20
Course Level:
Beginners to Intermediate

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 Tutor:

Sue Baxter

Time Slot:
9.30 - 10.20
Course Level:
Beginners

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.

This ensemble helps to develop the following skills:

 

  • Correct breathing
  • Correct posture
  • Vowel matching
  • Dynamics
  • Singing in Unison
  • Singing in rounds
  • Singing in Harmony
  • Rhythmic skills
  • Synchronisation
  • Listening skills
  • Performance skills
  • Some musical terminology

Course Tutor:

Kate Graham

Time Slot:
9.30 - 10.20
Course Level:
Intermediate to Advanced

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 Tutor:

Rachel Miller

Time Slot:
9.30 - 10.20
Course Level:
Beginners

Sing and Play is a music group for key stage one children from reception to year 2.

The aim of the group is to teach and equip students in the foundation skills of music - and for this to be taught in a fun, engaging, inspiring and creative way.

 

In the session children gain experience in foundation skills of music - such as playing rhythms, singing, beats in a bar, and the basic fundamentals of reading music.

 

Course Tutor:

Rachel Miller

Time Slot:
10.30 - 11.20
Course Level:
Intermediate

The folk group provides a rich music education for children of an intermediate level. The music focuses on traditional music of the British Isles as well as world folk traditions and historic folk music traditions.

 

Acoustic Guitar
Course Tutor:

Steve Verge

Time Slot:
10.30 - 11.20
Course Level:
Intermediate

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 .

Tuned Percussion
Course Tutor:

Sue Baxter

Time Slot:
10.30 - 11.20
Course Level:
Intermediate

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.

This group helps develop:
 

Course Tutor:

Richard Gonski

Time Slot:
10.30 - 11.20
Course Level:
Advanced

This is a new group which, at present, consists of strings and wood wind, but welcomes almost any orchestral instrument. We work on mainly classical repertoire at a more advanced level. Students are expected to be at about grade 4 level and above. 

Our aim is to eventualy fturn Senior Ensemble into a Symphony Orchestra

Recorder Group in SaMM Concert
Course Tutor:

Clare Devenport

Time Slot:
10.30 - 11.20
Course Level:
Beginners

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 Tutor:

Kate Graham

Time Slot:
10.30 - 11.20
Course Level:
Beginners

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

String Group
Course Tutor:

Carol Ballenger

Time Slot:
11.30 - 12.20
Course Level:
Intermediate

Run by Carol Ballenger for string players.

Course Tutor:

Time Slot:
11.30 - 12.20
Course Level:
Intermediate

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.

Electric Guitar
Course Tutor:

Steve Verge

Time Slot:
11.30 - 12.20
Course Level:
Intermediate

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 .

Untuned Percussion
Course Tutor:

Sue Baxter

Time Slot:
11.30 - 12.20
Course Level:
Beginners

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 Tutor:

Kate Graham

Time Slot:
11.30 - 12.20
Course Level:

An ensemble for teenagers with Kate Graham. Wonderful opportnity to develop song writing, performance skills etc.

Course Tutor:

Rachel Miller

Time Slot:
11.30 - 12.20
Course Level:
Beginners

This course is aimed at 6-8 year olds and aims to lay a foundation in music from which students can start learning an instrument and taking part once they are 8 years old in the main groups at SaMM.

The course includes learning recorder, Ukulele, drumming, the basics of reading music and of course lots of singing and creative music making. It covers what was the national curriculum in music education and much more. 

At the moment this course is pending - so if you are interested do let SaMM know.

There is a possibility it can run this half term from 11.30 - 12.20 am