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AUTUMN 2022: First Teaching Dates

FIRST NAME SURNAME  Instrument First Date

ADRIAN OLDLAND Piano 20-Sep
BRIDGET CALDECOTE VOICE 11-Sep
CHRISTINA LUCHIES Steel Pans 14-Sep
CLAIRE HUMPHRIES Violin 13-Sep
EMMA LOPEZ Guitar 11-Sep
ELEANOR WHITTAKER Gamelan 14-Sep
EMMA JANE CURTIS STRINGS 18-Sep
GABRIEL NACU Guitar 14-Sep
IJE AMAECHI Songwriter 14-Sep
LYNSEY TIBBS Voice 13-Sep
MARIA PROWSE Violin 16-Sep
MATTHEW DEAR Piano 13-Sep
MIKE FONE Brass 16-Sep
OLIVER BARTON Guitar 13-Sep
PETER  JESSOP Piano 14-Sep
RICHARD LE MAY Piano 13-Sep
ROSS LANNING Guitar/Ukulele 13-Sep
SARAH DAVIS Musicianship 18-Sep
SUE  PETTITT SWB 15-Sep
TOBIAS MIORIN Drums  

What's on

Tuesday

  • 3.30pm – 4.00pm –  Secondary Steel Pan Group
  • 4.00pm – 4.30pm – Primary Steel Pans Group
  • 5.00pm – 5.30pm – Primary Songwriter Group
  • 5.30pm – 6.00pm –  Secondary Songwriter Group

Wednesday

  • 6.00pm – 7.30pm – North Herts and Stevenage Senior Windband

Thursday

  • 7.30pm – 9pm – Adult steel pans (currently postponed till further notice)

Saturday morning music school

Students attending the following groups should use the main entrance:

  •  9.45am  –10.15am – Beginners Wind Band
  • 10.20am –11.10pm – Intermediate Wind Band
  • 11.30am –12.20pm – Let’s sing children’s choir.

Students attending the following groups should use the side entrance:

  •  11.30am – 12noon – StringBabies
  •   9.10am – 9.40am  – String Baby Continuers Group
  •   9.45am – 10.15am – Beginners Strings Group 
  • 10.20am – 11.50am – Moving on up Strings Group (First Finger +)
  • 12.15am – 1.05pm   – Senior Strings Ensemble.

  • 10.40am – 11.10am – Adagietto Music Group (Continuers)
  • 11.30am – 12 noon  – Allegretto Music Group
  • 10.40am – 11.10am – Adagietto Music Group (Short Course)

 

Individual and group lessons

  • Brass: cornet, trumpet, tenor horn, trombone, euphonium
  • Guitar: electric, acoustic, bass, ukulele
  • Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Woodwind: flute, clarinet, recorder, oboe, saxophone, bassoon
  • Vocal
  • Drums
  • Body Percussion
  • Keyboard and piano
  • World music: steel pans, gamelan, samba, taiko and djembe
  • Song writing

Attending your lessons or group

Things to bring to lessons:

  • instrument (where required) and music
  • a drink.

 

Drop-off and pick-up

Please use main car park. 

Stevenage singing project

Stevenage Festival of Arts is delighted to host the project’s performance videos on its website as one of the 2021 Festival events. 

About our groups

Activities for wind, brass and percussion

Tune-up Beginners Wind band

Saturdays

9.45am  –10.15am 

  • The first step in wind band playing suitable for beginners upwards. 
  • Suitable for students learning to play the violin as part of a First Access programme in school.
  • We play a wide range of styles whilst developing our ensemble skills.
  • Rehearsals are in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere with concerts in the autumn and summer terms.

 Intermediate Wind Band

10.20am –11.10pm 

  • For woodwind, brass and percussion players, grade 2 or equivalent upwards.
  • We play a wide range of styles whilst developing our ensemble skills.
  • Rehearsals are in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere with concerts in the autumn and summer terms.

 

Senior wind band

  • Wednesdays, 5.30–7pm.
  • For woodwind, brass and percussion players, grade 5-6 or equivalent 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 and recordings.

 

Activities for string players

String Babies

Saturdays

 11.30am – 12noon – StringBabies

  • A fun and rewarding way for very young children (3-5 years old) to learn stringed instruments.
  • The Stringbabies programme involves learning an instrument using games, toys and general musical skills.
  • Structured home practice is gradually introduced as the programme proceeds.This will lead to being able to perform well, while confidently          sight-reading and composing with conventional music notation.

A typical session will include

  • playing, lots of singing and musical games, all with a strong emphasis on enjoyment!

Benefits of the Stringbabies programme:

  • early violin playing
  • early, confident sight-reading
  • composing experience
  • singing skills
  • aural skills (listening)
  • rhythmic skills
  • posture, bowing and left-hand skills
  • presentation and performance skills

String Baby Continuers

Saturdays,

  9.10am – 9.40am   

  • For those who completed the first year of the StringBabies course.

Step-up Beginners Strings Group

Saturdays,

  9.45am – 10.15am 

  • This group is aimed at those students learning to play the violin as part of a First Access programme in school.

 

Moving on Up Strings Group

Saturdays,

10.20am – 11.50am 

  • For grade 1–3, violin, viola, cello and bass players.
  • To encourage string players in the early stages of their learning to have fun while learning how to play together in an orchestra.
  • A group which extends the students orchestral skills of watching and listening and playing musically as part of an ensemble. 

 

Stride-up Senior String Ensemble

Saturdays,

12.15am – 1.05pm

  • For more experienced players, Grade 4+.
  • A chance to cover ensemble repertoire and independent approaches to music making.
  • Players are expected to take greater responsibility for themselves and their instruments.
  • Players are encouraged to improvise and be more aware of their own performances.
  • They learn to be sensitive to each other’s playing and develop their instrumental skills through listening and playing as part of  an advanced      ensemble.

Steel pans

Primary and Secondary Steel Pans

Tuesdays,

  • 3.30pm – 4.00pm –  Secondary Steel Pan Group
  • 4.00pm – 4.30pm –  Primary Steel Pans Group
  • These groups are great activities exploring a range of repertoire from traditional pan music to more popular music.
  • No previous experience is necessary as members will learn all the skills required in the weekly sessions.

 

Adult steel pans

  • Thursdays, 7.30–9pm (currently postponed till further notice)
  • A group for people who love the sound of the Caribbean. The group cover a wide range of musical styles with some performance opportunities throughout the year.

 

Songwriter

Weekly songwriting sessions

Listen to examples of what our young songwriters achieved:

I Believe in you

I can do what I want

Tuesdays, 

  • 5.00pm – 5.30pm – Primary Songwriter Group
  • 5.30pm – 6.00pm –  Secondary Songwriter Group
  • Learn how to write, record and perform your songs and meet other young songwriters.
  • Develop skills to support your GCSE music compositions.
  • Open to young people aged 8–18.
  • Instruments are provided or you can bring your own.
  • Find out more at songwriteronline.co.uk/club
  • Book now – call 01438 844518 or email stevenagemusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

 

Songwriting workshop during school holidays

  • Dates to be confirmed.
  • A full-day songwriting workshop for young people aged 8-18.
  • Meet other young songwriters and get tips and feedback from a professional songwriter.
  • Learn how to write and perform a song within a workshop, or bring a song you'd like to work on.
  • This activity is eligible for songwriter rewards. Find out more at songwriteronline.co.uk/rewards.
  • Book now at songwriteronline.co.uk/workshops.

 

Musical activities for young children

Saturday morning music school

Adagietto: music group for 5–7 year olds

An introduction to general musicianship for beginners. 

With varied, fun musical activities exploring a variety of instruments and aspects of music, this group aims to give:

  • Chance to explore music in a safe environment with skilled guidance
  • Exposure to wide range of music styles and genres
  • Exposure to wide range of instruments and singinBuild children’s confidence in expressing themselves musically
  • Develop readiness for, or compliment instrument learning, through:
    • Musical games
    • Instrumental work
    • Singing skills
    • Rhythmic skills
    • Aural skills (listening)
    • Composing experience
    • Musical notation

Allegretto: music group for 8-11 year olds

  • For children who have a particular interest in music or have just started to play an instrument.
  • To provide a broad and balanced foundation course in musicianship, based on activities central to KS2 curriculum, but with the emphasis on the current and future needs of young instrumentalists. 

 

Let's Sing Children's Choir

The Stevenage Music Centre ‘Let’s Sing’ project is a community initiative comissioned by Stevenage Arts Guild and funded by The Stevenage Community Trust.

The Let’s Sing Children's Choir is an all-inclusive, non-audition group. As well as performing at the Stevenage Music Centre on a regular basis the choir is also looking forward to regular performances in the community. The repertoire is varied and exciting and encapsulates all genres of music.

Members of all ensembles are strongly urged to join the choir which caters for children aged between 7–18 years.

As well as being a fun activity, choral singing stimulates a child’s musical and aural development while improving sight-reading and co-ordination skills. Singing is an essential part of our children’s musical education and enhances their learning of an instrument.

Musical tips and facts

Ross' facts

Using a Capo can help to write songs using the open chords you may already know. This helps us to change the key of the strings, which then changes the sound of the chord

See how Ed Sheeran uses it:

 

Tom's tips

 

A recording of my favourite orchestra and conductor:

 

 

Victoria's focus

 

 

 

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