Watford School of Music WEST AREA
The Sue Cracknell Singing Competition was set up by Richard Cracknell, in memory of his wife who was a well known local singer and singing teacher in Hertfordshire. This is the first time that the Singing Competition has been offered. It is to encourage emerging singers at an important stage of their musical development and at a time when they may be considering music as a career. It is open to young people who live or come to school in Hertfordshire. This year there will be two prizes: 1st Prize: £250 & 2nd Prize: £100
APPLICATION FORM 1, APPLICATION FORM 2, INFORMATION
Watford School of Music, Clarendon Muse,
70 Rickmansworth Road,
Watford, WD18 7JA
Office Hours (term time only)
Monday-Friday: 09.00-19.30 Saturday: 08.30-12.30
Head of Hertfordshire Music Service: James Dickinson
Head of Watford School of Music: Wendy Topping
Head of Strings: John Brennan
Administrative Team: Roz Garratt, Brenda Riddle & Martin Boutland
MUSE NEWS SUMMARY
COME AND LEARN AN INSTRUMENT
(individual or group)
Brass: Cornet, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium & Tuba
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone and Bassoon
Guitar: Classical and Electric
Theory / A Level / Music Technology and much much more!
...for Primary school age brass players
...for brass players at Secondary school who are Grade 4 standard and above
...for String players who have been learning for 2 terms
This is a first ensemble experience and is an introduction to orchestral playing skills.
Grade I to Grade III
As well as practising the Strings skills you have already learned, students will learn the elements of ensemble playing.
Grade III to Grade V
Requires good sight-reading skills and some position shifting may be required. As well as practising all the string skills that they have learned, the players learn formal aspects of orchestral playing and have a lot of fun!
Grade V to Grade VI
For String players with good sight-reading skills, confident position shifting and some vibrato required.
Grade VI and above
For experienced orchestral players who wish to tackle professional string orchestra repertoire and perform to a high level. A well rounded technique with confident shifting into all positions is needed and well developed vibrato skills.
WATFORD SCHOOL OF MUSIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Grade VII and above. Entry by teacher recommendation or by informal audition.
Standard full symphony orchestra repertoire is studied in full and in sectional rehearsals.
JUNIOR WIND BAND
...for children aged 9 - 13 years who are Grade 1 to 3 or equivalent standard are introduced to the enjoyment of playing in a band
...for children of Secondary school age who are Grade 4 - 6 or equivalent standard
ADULT WIND BAND
Monday: 20.00-21.00 (term time)
...we welcome all Woodwind, Brss and Percussion players of Grade 5 - 8 standard
Are you a bedroom guitarist? Or a saucepan drummer? Do you sing into the hairbrush like you're at the O2 Arena?? If so then we can help. Watford School of Music is entering in to the world of ROCK. The Hertsrock school team are taking residence every Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm. Rock School is a weekly session aimed at turning your individual talent and enthusiasm into working bands. We provide rehearsal space comprising loud and silent rehearsal rooms equipped with awesome new gear and we have tutors on hand who are experienced musicians who have recorded and toured all over the world. You'll learn skills required to play successfully in a band, learn to play your favourite songs, write and record your own songs and perform at end of term shows in great local venues.
Who's it for? from Year 6 to 6th form and everything in between. You may be a year 7 guitarist, learning for a couple of terms; or a year 8 drummer, playing for a year or so and you want to take things to the next level. We will put you into bands and help you achieve your goals. For those older students who have more experience and may already play in bands, we can offer help with songwriting, lyrics and harmony, arrangements, production and recording techniques as well as a variety of gigs and support with all aspects of band promotion, with the ultimate goal of releasing a record for those with the ambition! If you are interested, contact Watford School of Music or show up on a Thursday evening to see what it's all about.
GUITAR PROJECT FOR ADULTS and STUDENTS GRADE 2 plus
All styles and Guitar types covered. Click HERE for details.
Guitar Project recording Wire Bender by James Fagan arranged by Alan Haigh
Guitar Project recording Eleanor Rigby by Lennon & McCartney arranged by T. Parsons
Guitar Project recording Pavane by G. Faure arranged by Alan Haigh
Guitar Project recording Rondeau Caprice by J. Rutter arranged by T. Parsons
...for age 14 upwards including adults
No experience necessary. A wide range of music is performed including gospel, soul, pop, rock, jazz and blues. Regular performances are given throughout the year.
Watford Junior singers
This choir is for all children in year 3 and over. Come and sing and have lots of fun exploring songs from all around the world in many different styles. You don't need to be able to read music or be learning an instrument, just come along.
Thursday: 19.30 - 21.15
Watford Community One Voice Choir
MUSIC FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS
10.00-10.45 for babies under 1
11.00-11.45 for Toddlers up to 3
...these classes are run on a drop-in basis. Explore the basic elements of music and have fun with your baby.
MUSIC FOR CHILDREN AT PRIMARY SCHOOL
DALCROZE EURYTHMICS (Pre-School)
...for children aged 3 to 4 years
These daytime classes introduce small children to music through singing, rhythm games and use of simple instruments.
Monday: 16.30-17.15 (4 - 5 yrs)
Tuesday: 16.30-17.15 (5 - 6 yrs)
Wednesday: 16.30-17.15 (6 - 7 yrs)
for children ages 4+ to 7 years
Eurhythmics offers a very good basis for children preparing to take up an instrument and complementing what they learn in music lessons and at Key Stage 1.
EXPLORE MUSIC 1
Our music programme for Reception & Year 1
Saturday: 9.00-9.45 or 10.45-11.30
...children sing, dance and play simple percussion instruments as well as create their own music.
EXPLORE MUSIC 2
Our music programme for Year 2
Saturday: 9.45-10.30 or 11.30-12.15
...children do all the activities above and begin to play the recorder.
SING, MAKE, PLAY!
For children aged 7 and above
Sing! - children sing songs, chants and have a lot of fun
Make! - children make up their own music using instruments such as xylophones, boomwhackers etc. They will write songs, improve and study the theory of music through practical application.
Play! - children play other people's music in ensembles.
As part of Sing, Make, Play! children can choose an option to learn either Technology, Recorders or Ukulele.
For those who would like to stay longer - There are variety of instument clubs which can include Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Double Bass or Keyboard - 11.30-12.00 ,
Activities at a Glance : scroll down for full details of all the activities and groups
2.15 – 3.00 Pre-School Music Class (3 yrs)
4.30 – 5.15 Dalcroze Eurhythmics (4 yrs)
5.00 – 6.00 or 5.15 – 6.15 Theory Class
5.30 – 6.45 Soul Singers
8.00 – 9.15 Adult Wind Band
4.00 – 6.30 Group Keyboard Classes
4.15 – 4.45 Group Woodwind Lessons for Beginners (Flute)
4.30 – 5.15 Dalcroze Eurhythmics (5 yrs)
4.45 – 5.45 Junior Wind Band
5.45 – 6.45 Concert Band
10.00 – 10.45 Music for Babies
11.00 – 11.45 Music for Toddlers up to 3 yrs
4.15 – 5.00 Group Brass Lessons for Beginners
4.30 – 5.00 Violin club
4.30 – 5.15 Dalcroze Eurhythmics (6 yrs +)
5.15 – 6.00 Brass Attack!
6.00 – 7.00 Brass Band
6.30 – 7.30 Ukulele Family Jam
6.45 – 7.30 Percussion Ensemble
7.30 – 9.00 Guitar Project
4.00 – 6.00 Rock School
6.00 – 7.00 Watford Junior Singers
6.45 – 8.00 Adult Recorder Ensembles
7.30 – 9.15 One Voice Watford Community Choir
4.15 – 5.00 Capel Strings
4.15 – 5.15 String Chamber Music
5.15 – 8.15 Youth Orchestra
10.45 – 11.45 String Sinfonia
11.00 – 11.45 Junior Strings
11.45 – 12.45 Repertoire Strings
11.45 – 1.00 Senior Strings
9.00 – 9.45 or 10.45 – 11.30 Explore Music 1
9.45 – 10.30 or 11.30 – 12.15 Explore Music 2
9.00 – 11.30 Sing, Make, Play
9.00 –10.00 or 10.00–11.00 or 11.00–12.00 Theory Classes