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St Albans Information about Groups

All groups work with experienced and specialist staff to develop their instrumental and vocal skills through listening and playing/singing as part of an ensemble. They rehearse a wide variety of music and give regular concerts in the locality and further afield.

Activites for Juniors - click HERE

Activities for Teens - click HERE

Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Groups 

JUNIOR WIND BAND
Wednesday: 16.30-17.30
...approximately Grade 1 standard up to about Grade 3 or equivalent
This group is for children who are at Primary school. It introduces children to the joy of playing in a large ensemble and while introducing good habits of ensemble playing, concentrates on playing light music with the accent always on fun.
WIND BAND
Wednesday: 17.45-18.45
...for players of Grade 3 standard and above or equivalent
The Intermediate Wind Band is for players who are in at least Year 7 at school. Again, a wide range of music is explored with the emphasis on enjoyment as well as reaching the highest possible musical standards.
BIG BAND 2
Thursday: 18.30-19.30
...for students Grade 3 (or equivalent) and above aged 10-15
This group is for young musicians who aspire to play in thr main SAMS Big Band and covers all the basics of performing so that young players have all the necessary skills to progress. Providing a less complicated but easily enjoyable repertoire, Big Band 2 is a great environment to learn reading music, playing as an ensemble and improvisation. BB2 is for students playing Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet and Rhythm Section of Grades 3-5 (or equivalent)
BIG BAND
Thursday: 20.00-21.15
...this group offers young musicians of ALL school ages the chance to perform Big Band Jazz at a very high level. In previous years the Band has performed concerts outside the Music School with other young musicians in the Herts & South East area, played at the finals of the National Music for Youth Festival and performed concerts with top UK Jazz artists. The Big Band is for students of Grade6+ (or equivament) playing Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet or Rhythm section
WOODWIND CHAMBER GROUPS
Tuesday: 17.30 -18.00
...for players of about Grade 5 standard or equivalent
This group comprises Flute, Clarinet, Oboe and Bassoon and explores the repertoire of Woodwind chamber music. Sometimes, they join with Sinfonia in order to play orchestral music.

String Groups and Orchestras

TUESDAY STRINGS
Tuesday: 16.30-17.30
...pre Grade 1 - approaching Grade 3
This group is for young String players who are at Primary school. They play a wide range of music in four parts and have lots of fun.
INTERMEDIATE STRINGS
Tuesday: 16.45-17.45
...about Grades 3 - 4 standard
This group is for young String players playing a range of classical music as well as lighter repertoire. Particular attention is paid to good string playing habits.
SUZUKI GROUPS
Saturday afternoons: various times
group lessons are held for pupils of Suzuki violin and cello where children come together to play the music they have been studying individually and to play music in ensembles
The groups give concerts every term.

PHILOMUSICA
Tuesday: 18.15-20.15
for players of at least Grade 6 standard
This is the local Youth Orchestra. Entry is by audition. This orchestra plays to a very high standard and has regular full and sectional rehearsals in which a variety of orchestral repertoire is studied.

Musical Theatre

MUSIC THEATRE 13-19 and 9-13
Monday: 19. 00-21.00
West Herts Youth Music Theatre, Director Shen Woolf
Our Musical Theatre Group is for 13- 19 year olds interested in singing, dancing and acting.  The group works with three specialist teachers in dance, drama and music.  They meet for a series of weekly workshops which culminates in a production in a local theatre at the end of the Easter Term. 
Saturday: 14. 15- 16.00
West Herts Children's Music Theatre, Director Shen Woolf
Our Children's Theatre Group is for 9 - 13 year olds who are interested in singing, dancing and acting.  it is a feeder group for the West Herts Youth Music Theatre Group, where children develop their musical theatre skills. 

Choirs

ACE OF HERTS
Tuesday: 16.45-18.15
...for students in Years 8-13 at Secondary school
This group is an advanced upper voice choir who perform sophisticated part songs. There are opportunities for solo work, voice training, national events and the group perform both locally and further afield.

This group meets at Dacorum Music School

 

Musicianship Groups 

SUZUKI BABY and PARENT GROUP
Tuesday: 14.00-15.00
...Suitable for ages: Birth-3 years

Christ Church Centre
3 High Oaks
St Albans
AL3 6DJ

Come and enjoy a fun musical experience built to develop your child’s social, musical and sensory abilities. Using rhythm, action songs, nursery rhymes and percussion instruments they will enjoy learning new skills whilst making new friends.

DALCROZE EURHYTHMICS
Class 1 (3+) 11.15 – 12.00 noon (An adult needs to accompany the child)

Class 2 (5+) 12.00 – 12.45 pm

Class 3 (7+) 1.00 – 1.45 pm ...these classes take place approximately once a fortnight and dates for the term are advertised at the Music School. In these classes, children learn about music through movement. They also sing and play percussion instruments as well as having fun.

THEORY CLASSES
Thursday: 3.45-4.30, 4.30-5.15 and 5.15-6.00pm
...these classes prepare pupils for the Grade 5 Theory written examination which is needed before the Associated Board Grade 6 practical exams can be taken 
Students should consider joining these classes when they have reached about Grade 3 standard on instrument or voice.  The groups are small and friendly and pupils work at their own pace.

ROCK SCHOOL
Saturday: Juniors 9.00-11.00, Teens 11.00-13.00
...Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Keyboard, Recording & Gigs!
Sessions include group lessons in workshop format led by professional tutors with wide experience in popular music.