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MUSIC SCHOOL START OF TERM - 13th September 2014

Address: Heath Barn St John's Road, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1NP

Contact: Tel: 01442 214599  Fax: 01442 258923
Email: dacorummusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Head: Camille Maalawy
Administrative Staff: Martin Boutland & Fifi Mills
Office Hours

Mon - Fri:
Saturday: 09.00-12.00

Please note that Dacorum Jazz Orchestra has changed from Friday to Monday

Newsletter and Dates 

DMS re opens 6th September 2014

Music School Events Calendar 
Calendar of Events Spring 2014
Summer Newsletter 2014

Individual and Group Lessons

  • Piano and keyboard
  • Strings: Violin, Viola, (including Suzuki Method), Viola and Double Bass
  • Brass: Cornet, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone
  • Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Saxophone
  • Recorder
  • Guitar: Classical and Electric
  • Drum Kit
  • Singing
  • Rock School
  • Music Theory  


Activities at a Glance

Flute Ensemble
17.15-18.15 Dacorum Jazz Orchestra
18.00-18.45 Clarinet Club
18.15-19.15 Double Bass Club
18.45-19.30 Bassoon Club

16.00-17.45 Berkhamsted Music Centre (Greenway School, Berkhamsted)

Ace of Herts Choir
17.30-19.00 Dacorum Youth Orchestra


Brass Club group brass tuition and introduction to Junior Wind Bnd
17.15-18.00 Junior Wind Band
18.00-19.00 Senior Wind Band
18.10-19.10 Recorder Consort
16.00-18.00 Rock School, Kings Langley Secondary School

Ukulele Club at Thomas Coram School in Berkhamsted, Families welcome
16.15-17.00 Theory

Dacorum Junior Music School 
09.15-12.00 Saturday Morning Music School
10.15-11.00 Foundation Music (Nursery age 3 to Reception)
11.00-11.45 KS1 Music (Year 1 & 2)
11.15-12.00 Dacorum Junior Singers
09.15-12.00 Saturday Morning Music School


At Dacorum Music School, singing is very important and instrumentalists are encouraged to take part in these activities as part of their musical development. Singing tuition is available on an individual basis but it is not normally recommended until the age of eleven.

Singing in groups is a crucial part of the Junior Music School programme, where members sing regularly, and from Year 3 upwards they are encouraged to join the Dacorum Junior Singers.

Saturday: 11.15-12.00
...for children in Years 3 - 7 at school
There is no audition for the choir and you do not need to be able to read music.  Pupils will develop their singing skills through rounds, unison songs and simple part singing.  They cover a wide repertoire, including traditional, popular and fun songs. Membership of the DJS prepares young singers for the prestigious senior choir 'Ace of Herts'. 


Tuesday: 16.30-17.30
...for students in Years 7 - 13 at Secondary school
This is an advanced upper voice choir, who perform sophisticated part songs.  There are opportunities for solo work, voice training, national events and the group performs both locally and further afield. There are no auditions for Ace of Herts choir.

WIND BANDS & Ensembles

The Wind and Brass groups at Dacorum Music School cater for all levels. 
We try to encourage children having individual lessons on Wind, Brass or Percussion instruments to join one of these groups to enhance their skills and experience the joy that playing in a large ensemble can provide.
All the groups give regular concerts throughout the year.
Players who have lessons outside the Music School are welcome to apply for the following activities:

Monday: 16.40 – 17.35
...for senior school flute players Grade 3 and above
The group plays various styles of music from classical to Jazz.  There is also an opportunity to try music in two or more parts.
click here for more information & price

Thursday: 18.10-19.10
...for advanced Recorder players at the teacher’s discretion.
This group is a lot of fun and works on music from hundreds of years ago as well as contemporary pop and jazz tunes.  Descant, Treble, Tenor and Bass recorders are all in use in this group.
click here for more information & price

Thursday: 18.00 – 19.00
...for players Grades 2 - 6 standard or equivalent
For players who are generally at Secondary school.  They perform more advanced music and explore a wide range of different styles.


Tuesday 17.30 – 19.00
...this group is for all string, woodwind, brass and percussion players of Grade 5 and above.
The group practises and regularly performs popular orchestral music from around the world.  They have recently performed with members of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Music on the Moor. If you would like to play in Dacorum Youth Orchestra, please ask your teacher to contact us with a recommendation.


Monday 17.15-18.15
...for Kit, Bass, keyboard, jazz guitar, sax, clarinet, flute trumpet and trombone players who are generally at secondary school. 
This is a fantastic opportunity for players interested in accessing this wonderful and vibrant style of music.


Friday 16.15-17.00
...the Theory class runs to prepare students for their Grade 5 Theory exam. 
It is recommended that students join this class after passing their Grade 3 instrumental exam.


Thursday: 16.00-18.00 at Kings Langley School for ages 9 – 18
...Rock School is for Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard and Vocals.
Sessions include a workshop format by professional tutors with wide experience in popular music.  They work on exciting repertoire in a band environment. 

  • It includes playing contemporary music, learning about older styles and advice on recording techniques and demos. 
  • There is an opportunity to record your own music and perform in local venues and larger concerts.

Opportunities for Younger Musicians

Ideal for beginners
A wide variety of musical instruments can be practised in groups; this includes orchestral string instruments, brass, and recorder.


Saturdays 11.00–11.45
...for beginning musicians in Year 1 and 2
This is a practical class for all Key Stage One children. Activities include singing, musical games and playing percussion.

Opportunities for String Players

The orchestra is built on the String section; therefore, we have a number of orchestras to promote strong String players.  It is only at Youth Orchestra level that all the disciplines of String, Wind and Brass are combined.  

  • All string-playing activities are designed to provide a clear and strong sense of progression for your child
  • All groups give regular concerts throughout the year

Players who have lessons outside the Music School are welcome to apply for the following activities:

Wednesday: 18.00-19.00
for String players, Grades 2 - 5 or equivalent
...a wide range of repertoire is studied and good String-playing skills are consolidated and developed by concentrated rehearsal and performance.

Mondays 16.00-17.45
...ideally suited for beginner musicians this centre includes a Beginner Recorder Group (15.15-16.00) and some individual tuition.