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Heath Barn, Hemel Hempstead School. 


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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:
 15.30-20.00
Saturday: 09.00-12.00

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

Newsletter and Dates 

Please note the DMS Summer Concert has changed to Saturday 28th June 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

Activities at a Glance

Monday
16.40-17.35
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)

Tuesday
16.30-17.30
Ace of Herts Choir
17.30-19.00 Dacorum Youth Orchestra

Wednesday
18.00-19.00
Stringfonia

Thursday
17.00-18.00
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

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

Saturday
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

Choirs

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.

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'. 


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:

FLUTE ENSEMBLE
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

RECORDER CONSORT  
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

SENIOR WIND BAND
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.

ORCHESTRAS

DACORUM YOUTH ORCHESTRA
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.


DACORUM JAZZ ORCHESTRA 

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.

MUSICIANSHIP

THEORY CLASS
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.

ROCK and POP

ROCK SCHOOL
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

SATURDAY MORNING MUSIC SCHOOL
9.15–12.00
Ideal for beginners
A wide variety of musical instruments can be practised in groups; this includes orchestral string instruments, brass, and recorder.

  

KS1 MUSIC
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:

STRINGFONIA
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.

BERKHAMSTED MUSIC CENTRE
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.