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Highbury Road
Hitchin
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hitchinmusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Head of centre: harriet.baker@hertfordshire.gov.uk

 

Office hours (term time only)

  • Mon–Fri, 2–7.30pm
  • Saturday, 8.30am–12.30pm

 

 

AUTUMN 2021-2022

Music Days:

North Herts and Stevenage Singing Day

Thu, 21 Oct 2021 09:00

 

Weekday Ensembles: 

Ensemble Time
Guitar Ensembles: Monday Junior: 4.30pm - 5.10pm Intermediate:  6.00pm - 6.40pm Senior: 5.15pm - 5.55pm
North Herts and Stevenage Youth Orchestra: Monday 5.30pm - 7.15pm
Blast Off!: Tuesday 4.30pm - 5.15pm
North Herts and Stevenage Youth Jazz: Tuesday 5.20pm - 6.45pm
Theory: Friday 4pm - 5pm

Saturday Morning Music School Ensembles:

String Stars  9.00am - 9.30am
Beginner Strings Orchestra 9.45am - 10.45am
Junior Strings Orchestra 9.30am - 10.30am
Intermediate Strings Orchestra 10.45am - 11.45am
Chamber Strings Orchestra 9.30am - 10.30am
Junior Wind Band 9.45am - 10.30am
Intermediate Wind Band 10.45am - 11.45am
Chamber Quartets 10.45am - 11.30am

 What's on

Monday

  • 4.30 – 5.10pm – Junior Guitar Ensemble
  • 5.15 – 5.55pm – Senior Guitar Ensemble
  • 6.00 – 6.40pm – Intermediate Guitar Ensemble
  • 5.45 – 7.00pm – North Herts and Stevenage Youth Orchestra.

Tuesday

  • 4.30 – 5.15pm – Blast Off!
  • 5.20 – 6.45pm – North Herts and Stevenage Youth Jazz

Wednesday

  • 5.30 – 7.00pm – Senior Wind Band (at Stevenage Music Centre, Nobel School, Stevenage)

Thursday

  • Nothing currently

Friday

  • 4.00 – 5.00pm – Theory Class

Saturday

  • 9.00 – 9.30am – String Stars
  • 9.30 – 10.30am – Junior Strings
  • 9.30 – 10.30am – Chamber Strings Orchestra
  • 9.45 – 10.45am – Beginner Strings
  • 9.45 – 10.30am – Junior Wind Band
  • 10.45 – 11.30am – Chamber String Quartets
  • 10.45 – 11.45am – Intermediate Strings
  • 10.45 – 11.45am –Intermediate Wind Band
  • 11.30am – 12.20pm – Let’s sing children’s choir  (at Stevenage Music Centre, Nobel School, Stevenage)

 

Lessons

  • Classical and Electric Guitar
  • Brass: Cornet, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium
  • Recorder
  • Singing
  • Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
  • Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone and Bassoon
  • Drums
  • Piano and Keyboard
  • Theory.

 

Prices

Current prices for instrument lessons (11 per term)

  • 20 min lessons – £154
  • 30 min lessons – £231
  • 20 min shared lessons – £77
  • 30 min shared lessons – £115.50
  • Adult 20 min lessons – £168.67
  • Adult 30 min lessons – £253

NHMS Ensembles

  • Guitar Ensembles, Blast Off, Theory and all Saturday Ensembles – £52 per term.

Senior area ensembles

  • North Herts and Stevenage Youth Orchestra, North Herts and Stevenage Youth Jazz, North Herts and Stevenage Wind Band – £64 pr term.

Paying

  • HMS will invoice for 11 instrumental/vocal lessons in each term together with any appropriate ensemble membership and/or instrument loan fees.
  • Families on low incomes may be eligible for help with music fees. Discounts of either 50% or 100% may be available, depending on your income and benefits.

Instruments for loan

We have a limited number of instruments that we can loan out. Speak to your music teacher in the first instance.

 

Insurance

  • Loaned instruments must be covered by insurance and families must accept responsibility for accidental damage.
  • Insurance requirements and any fee will vary according to the value of the instrument. We'll give you details.
  • We can't accept responsibility for privately owned instruments. We recommend that you insure instruments at replacement value through a specialist music insurance company that will provide sufficient cover outside your home.

 

Assisted instrument purchase

  • We have a scheme open to all pupils at music centres.
  • We hold suitable instruments in stock at very competitive prices. We can also give quotes for other instruments.

Attending your lessons or group

Things to bring to lessons:

  • face covering (adult learners)
  • instrument (where required) and music
  • a drink.

 

Drop-off and pick-up

Please drop your child outside the centre and stay outside when your child enters and leaves the building.

COVID-19 update

 

About our groups

All performing groups rehearse a wide  variety of music and give regular concerts at the centre. Groups from the North Herts Music School may also perform at outside venues such as the Gordon Craig Theatre. 

All groups work with experienced staff to develop their instrumental skills through listening and playing as part of an ensemble.

Guitar groups

  • Junior guitar ensemble for 'classical' guitarists of preliminary grade to grade 2.
  • Intermediate guitar ensemble for players, grade 3–5
  • Senior guitar ensemble for players grade 6 and above.

 

String orchestras and groups

  • String Stars – an enjoyable grounding in string playing (either violin or cello) using rhythm and pitch games as well as covering all the basics for beginners. Loan of an instrument is included.
  • Beginner String Orchestra – for pupils who have been learning a short time and can now read simple tunes. The aim is to have fun while learning how to play together in an orchestra.
  • Junior String Orchestra – for grade 1 players to those working toward grade 3.
  • Intermediate String Orchestra – for players who have progressed beyond grade 3 standard.
  • String Chamber Music (Chamber Strings Orchestra or Quartet Session) – for players approaching grade 6. We cover a mix of traditionalorchestral string repertoire and string chamber music along more contemporary pieces.
  • North Herts and Stevenage Youth Orchestra – Lower School Hall at Hitchin Girls' School. A full symphony orchestra for senior players. Membership is by audition or invitation. Wind and brass players should be about grade 6 and string players, grade 5+. Orchestral percussionists are also welcome.

 

Wind bands and groups

  • Junior Wind Bandfor woodwind, brass and percussion players at grade 1–3. Entry is by teacher recommendation, no audition is necessary.
  • Intermediate Wind Band for woodwind, brass and percussion players, grade 3 upwards.
  • North Herts and Stevenage Wind Bandat Stevenage Music Centre, Nobel School, Stevenage. For woodwind, brass and percussion players at grades 5–6 and upwards. To provide students up to A level standard the opportunity to experience and achieve a high standard of performance. Also includes work towards GCSE / A level ensembles.

 

Jazz band

  • Blast Off – a transition jazz band for young musicians who are interested in delving into improvisation. Players should be about grade 2–4. This group aims to prepare and inspire students for the challenges found in performing and improvising.
  • North Herts and Stevenage Youth Jazzthe senior jazz big band is for players of grade 5 and above, all insturments welcome. It provides an opportunity for students to expand their jazz theory and performance skills in a welcoming environment. The group performs annually at the Herts Jazz Fest in Bishops Stortford as well as at the Priory Picnic locally (other performance opportunities may also arise throughout the year).

 

Theory

For those wishing to study for Associated Board Theory of Music written exams up to grade 5. Theory of Music grade 5 is required before a player can take grade 6 on their instrument.

 

 

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