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.

 

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:

Andy Williamson

Time Slot:
9.30 - 10.20
Course Level:
Beginners

For children up to 12 years old (approx). A fun choir singing a mixture of songs, mostly in unison with some simple harmonies. It’s all about about getting kids used to singing with others, getting rid of inhibitions, and making a great sound. Every session starts with some warming up and vocal exercises.

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:

Andy Williamson

Time Slot:
10.30 - 11.20
Course Level:
Beginners to Intermediate

Loosely based on the New Orleans-style brass band tradition, where anything goes! It’s suitable for a wide range of abilities, as there’s scope for more experienced players to extend themselves into more complex parts and improvisation, while those who haven’t been playing so long, can play simple melodies and accompaniments. Particularly suited to wind and brass instruments, but almost anything could join in. Music will be available in concert pitch, Bb and Eb. 

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.

 

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 .

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

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:

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:
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. 

Course Tutor:

Andy Williamson

Time Slot:
11.30 - 12.20
Course Level:
Intermediate to Advanced

This is a choir doing music written in 3, 4 or more parts, for anyone 12 and upwards who can already read music (at least a bit). Singing in a choir is a fantastic way to improve sight-reading and general musicianship, as well as being part of an amazing British tradition of music that goes back centuries. We’ll sing music from medieval times right up to the present, from a wide range of composers. It might include things written for the church, though we won’t sing it in a religious way.

Course Tutor:

Simon Barron

Time Slot:
11.30 - 12.20
Course Level:
Beginners

For those who have no prior experience with guitar. Starting with the basics of how to hold the guitar and fret the notes to produce simple melodies and chords.

Once these stages have been accomplished, students can move on to the Beginners guitar group.

Course Tutor:

Carol Ballenger

Time Slot:
11.30 - 12.20
Course Level:
Intermediate

Run by Carol Ballenger for string players.

Course Tutor:

Sam Massey

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.

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 .