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Townsend School
High Oaks
St Albans
AL3 6DR
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01438 845 299
stalbansmusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Regional Manager: Rachel Curson

Receptionists: Robert Clarke, Sadie Keaveny

 

Office hours

During normal term time:

  • Mon–Fri, 3:30–7pm
  • Saturday, 9am–4pm

Welcome to our fantastic music school!

We are delighted to welcome you to our webpage - here you will find all the information you need about learning an musical instrument and joining a group or ensemble with us.  

We are a centre for all things musical in St Albans - whoever you are, whatever your musical interests may be, we have something for you!

We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to discover and develop their own unique musical voice.  Young people can begin their journey in any musical discipline, play in groups from their first notes upwards and progress to senior orchestras, jazz groups, rock ensembles and music theatre - hopefully having lots of fun, making new friends and building confidence on the way!

To join our groups...

Scroll down to ‘Browse Music Lessons and Activities

Selected school should be ‘St Albans Music School’ – choose ‘Ensembles

Click on St Albans Music School Ensembles

Choose the group from the list and ‘Add to Basket

Fill in the full details to complete registration.

 Something for Everyone... 

What's on

Calendar of Events - Autumn Term 2022-23 (First Half)

Calendar of Events - Autumn Term 2022-23 (Second Half)

 

Mondays


Tuesdays

Orchestral Strings Groups

Ukulele Groups

St Albans Area Orchestra

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Saturdays

 

Individual lessons

    We offer lessons on a whole range of instruments.  Our lessons can be delivered individually, in pairs or in small groups.
  • Piano
  • Brass: cornet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba
  • Classical and electric guitars
  • Drums and tuned percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings: violin, viola, cello and double bass
  • Woodwind: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon
  • Suzuki: violin and cello

Playing in an Ensemble

We think playing in an ensemble is a really important aspect of learning an instrument.  That's why we have groups suitable for all orchestral instrumental players, from their fifth lesson onwards.

Woodwind & Brass Ensembles

Strings Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles

Senior Orchestral Ensembles

Countywide Activities

'First Access' Groups

Learn how to play an instrument as an absolute beginner, in an ensemble setting.  Develop ensemble skills and confidence alongside instrumental learning, and make lots of new friends on the way!

This is a great, affordable way to experience your first taste of music.

Brass Cubs & Wind Stars

Ukulele Bandits

Rock School

Music Theatre

Tea and symphony

 

St Albans Tea and Symphony network is a an opportunity for all St Albans schools to receive free support and CPD training for everyone in school, from the head teacher to the music coordinator to class teachers to support staff.

We hold network meetings once per half term, with the opportunity to meet and share practice with each other.  The meetings are tailored to your needs - we shape the programme based on feedback and cover areas that are suggested by members.  We have a strong sharing approach, and members are encouraged to share tips with each other, try things out and feedback and just have the opportunity to chat and offload!

We particularly welcome those new to coordinating music, and those who would like to develop skills in supporting others within school.

We also run a buddy system where you can team up with another, like-minded practitioner from another school, to share ideas, try things out and reflect together.

We also tailor our sessions to support your deep dive inspection, so your school is fully prepared for a music subject-specific visit.  

If you would like more information, or would like to join us, please get in touch:

stalbansmusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Meeting Dates for This Year

Thursday

30/09/2021

Tuesday

16/11/2021

Thursday

27/01/2022

Tuesday

08/03/2022

Thursday

05/05/2022

Tuesday

21/06/2022

Charanga & Sing Up support materials

All Hertfordshire schools with an SLA have access to both Charanga and Sing Up for free this academic year. Charanga can be used as a full Scheme of Work for Reception to Key Stage 2, or as a bank of resources to supplement your own scheme of work.  Sing Up contains hundreds of lovely, age appropriate songs with lesson plans and support materials linked.  The resources are designed to be accessible for both specialist and non-specialist class teachers.

If your school wishes to have access to these resources, please email us from your school email account:

stalbansmusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk 

 

 

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