Courses

Course Tutor:

Richard Gonski

Time Slot:
9.30 - 10.20
Course Level:
Advanced

This course is for more advanced students - 11+ age group / Grade 5 standard

Those students that follow the course through will be able to progress all the way to Grade 8 Theory which is accepted by all the major music colleges as an alternative to Music A Level.

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.

 

Beginners Ensemble
Course Tutor:

Sam Massey

Time Slot:
9.30 - 10.20
Course Level:
Beginners

The Beginners Group is for any young musician who has been playing their instrument for a short while, has learnt a few notes and basic technique but would like their first opportunity to to play in a group.

Playing with others is a fantastic way to learn essential ensemble skills, such as timing, playing in tune, dynamics (balance of volume) and working together to make a good quality sound. 

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:

Simon Barron

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

Develop the confidence to create and set ideas in melodic and lyrical form to harmony. Where does inspiration come from? How do you shape the raw material? How do you arrange the elements of song for best effect? No experience of song writing necessary, just a willingness to participate, collaborate and join in the fun. We use whatever instrumentation there is to hand, and whatever the group can bring.

 

Course Tutor:

Simon Barron

Time Slot:
10.30 - 11.20
Course Level:
Beginners

A course for all newcomers to this most versatile of instruments. Learning the technical basics of how to hold and play the guitar and getting to grips with notes and chords.

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:

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

Course Tutor:

Sue Baxter

Time Slot:
11.30 - 12.20
Course Level:
Beginners

Junior Ensemble was started to take into account young musicians who did not have a session available for them in session three either because they were not quite up to the standard needed for senior jazz band or because their main instrument was piano rather than a band or orchestral instrument.

It is a flexible ensemble so open to any instrument & encourages young musicians to become more confident at reading music & learning to play music together by developing listening & ensemble skills. 

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 .