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Clarendon Muse
70 Rickmansworth Road
Watford
WD18 7JA
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01923 225531

Head of Watford School of Music: Wendy Topping

 

Office hours (term time only)

  • Mon–Fri, 3pm–9pm
  • Saturday: 8.30am–1.30pm

 

 

What's on

Monday

  • 4–4.45pm – Dalcroze Eurhythmics (nursery and reception)
  • 4.45–5.30pm – Dalcroze Eurhythmics (years 1 and 2)
  • 5.30–6.15pm – Chamber choir
  • 8–9.15pm – Adult wind band

Tuesday

  • 4-4.30pm - Junior Percussion Ensemble 
  • 5–5.45pm – Junior wind ensemble
  • 5.55–6.55pm – Concert band

Wednesday

  • 10.30–11.15am – Dalcroze Eurythmics (babies and toddlers)
  • 5.15–6pm – Brass Attack!
  • 6–7pm – Brass Works
  • 7.30–9pm – Guitar project (adult ensemble)

Thursday

  • 4.30-5pm - Guitar Works 1
  • 5-5.30pm - Guitar Works 2
  • 5.30–6.15pm – Rock up
  • 6.15–7pm – Senior percussion ensemble
  • 6.45–8pm – Adult recorder ensembles
  • 7.30–9.15pm – One Voice Watford Community Choir (adult ensemble)

Friday

  • 5.15-6.15pm - Senior strings
  • 5.30–6.15pm – Senior woodwind ensemble
  • 5.30–6.15pm – Senior brass ensemble
  • 6.15–8.15pm – Youth orchestra

Saturday

  • 9–9.45am – Capel strings
  • 9–11.30am – Sing, Make, Play (years 3–6)
  • 10–10.30am – Explore Music (reception and year 1)
  • 9.00–9.30am or 9.30–10am, or 10.30-11am – Explore Music (year 2)
  • 10–10.45am – Junior strings
  • 11am–12 noon – String works
  • 11.30am–12 noon – Tabla club
  • 11.30am–12.15pm – Watford junior singers
  • 12 noon – 1.15pm – WSM Sinfonia

 

Calendar of events

All concerts will take place in Clarendon Muse Concert Hall unless another venue is stated.

Autumn term 2021

September

 Date DayEvent  Time

1st Sept

 Wednesday

Term starts - office only

 

6th Sept

 Monday

Teaching begins

 

10th Sept

 Friday

Youth Orchestra & Youth Orchestra Ensembles first rehearsal

 

11th Sept

 Saturday

Saturday Morning Music School & Orchestras start

 

October

 DateDay Event Time 

20th Oct

 Wednesday

Beginners’ First Concert  Recital

Room L08

 6.30pm

25th Oct - 31st Oct

 

Half term

No Saturday Morning Music School on either Saturday 

November

 DateDay Event Time 

17th Nov

Wednesday 

Student Concert (pianists, guitarists & percussionists)

 7.30pm

24th Nov

Wednesday

Student Concert (instrumentalists & singers)

 7.30pm

TBC

 

Guitar Project Concert

 

December

Date Day Event  Time

1st Dec

Wednesday

Beginners First Concert Recital

Room L08

6.30pm 

4th Dec

Saturday

Capel & Junior String Concert

11.00am

4th Dec

Saturday

Sinfonia & String Works Concert 

1.00pm

7th Dec

Tuesday

Concert: Junior Wind Ensemble & Concert Band 

5.30pm & 6.30pm

9th Dec

Thursday

Rock Up &Techno Live Concert 

 6.00pm

10th Dec

Friday

Youth Orchestra & Senior Ensembles Concert

 7.30pm

11th Dec

Saturday

Sing, Make, Play Concert - Music Explorers lessons as usual, no concert

11.00am

14th Dec

Tuesday

Last teaching day

From 15th Dec

Wednesday

Associated Board Exams

17th Dec

Friday

WSM office closes

Spring term 2022

January

 DateDay Event Time 

5th Jan

Wednesday

 

Spring term begins  

WSM teaching starts

8th Jan

Saturday

Saturday morning music school starts – all activities & lessons start

February

 DateDay Event Time 

1st Feb

Tuesday

Junior Singing Day

9.30am 

9th Feb

Wednesday

Beginners First Concert Recital

Room L08

6.30pm

12th - 20th Feb

 

Half term

No Saturday Morning Music School on either Saturday 

 
 

March

 Date Day Event Time

8th Mar

Tuesday

Brass Music Making Day

9.30am 

9th Mar

Wednesday

Brass Concert

 7.30pm

16th Mar

Wednesday 

Student Concert (pianists, guitarists & percussionists)

 7.30pm

23rd Mar

Wednesday 

Student Concert (instrumentalists & singers)

 7.30pm

25th Mar

Friday 

Youth Orchestra Concert

 7.30pm

w/c 28th Mar

Monday 

Associated board Exams

30th Mar

Wednesday 

Beginners First Concert Recital

Room L08

 6.30pm

April

 DateDay Event Time 

 1st Apr

 Friday

Last day of term

Summer term 2022

April

 Date DayEvent Time 

19th Apr

Tuesday

Summer term begins

Teaching and Saturday Morning Music School

May

 Date Day EventTime 

2nd May

Monday 

Bank Holiday Monday - closed 

10th May

Tuesday

Beginner String Day

9.30am 

17th May

Tuesday 

Junior String Day

9.30am

25th May 

Wednesday 

Beginners First Concert

Recital Room L08

6.30pm

TBC 

 

Guitar Project Concert

7.30pm

28th May to 5th June   

School closed for half term

No Saturday Morning Music School on either Saturday

June

 Date DayEvent Time 

14th Jun

Tuesday 

Junior Wind Band Day 

 9.30am

21st Jun

Tuesday 

KS1 Singing Festival 

 

28th Jun 

Tuesday 

Concert: Junior Wind Ensemble & Concert Band 

5.30pm & 6.30pm

29th Jun

Wednesday 

Celebration Concert 

 7.30pm

July

 DateDay Event Time 

2nd Jul

Saturday

Sing, Make, Play and Concert 

11.00am

2nd Jul

Saturday 

Explores Concert 

11.00am

6th Jul

Wednesday 

Open evening

4.30pm to 6.30pm

7th Jul 

Thursday 

One Voice Choir & Friends Concert 

7.30pm

8th Jul 

Friday 

Youth Orchestra Concert 

7.30pm

9th Jul 

Saturday 

Capel & Junior String Concert 

11.00am

9th Jul 

Saturday 

Sinfonia & String Works Concert 

1.00pm

11th Jul 

Monday 

WSM last teaching day

From 12th Jul 

Tuesday 

Associated Board Exams 

22nd Jul

Friday 

WSM office closes

Lessons

Individual lessons are available on:

  • Strings: violin, viola, cello,harp and double bass
  • Woodwind: flute, oboe, clarinet, recorder, saxophone and bassoon
  • Brass: cornet, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba
  • Percussion: orchestral and drums
  • Singing: classical and pop
  • Piano
  • Guitar: classical and electric
  • Suzuki: piano and violin.

I Play - Key Stage 2 beginners

 ‘I Play’ is an introduction/taster to playing an instrument.

Your child will learn as part of a class to play either a woodwind, brass, string or percussion instrument. The lessons will be every week for 30 mins and the course will run for one term.

We will supply instruments for the lessons each week and these will remain at the music school. All the basics will be covered and there will be lots of music making from the very start.

Please contact the centre for more information.

Attending your lessons or group

Things to bring to lessons:

  • instrument (where required), music and a 2B pencil
  • a drink
  • brass players - bring a rag and plastic bag.

 

Drop-off and pick-up

  • Please enter via the fire exit door at the side of the building facing the boys’ school.
  • Please exit through the double doors in the foyer.
  • If it is necessary to queue, please maintain social distancing.
  • Parents/carers please remain outside and meet your child by the double doors at the end of their lesson.

COVID-19 update

 

About our groups

String opportunities

Capel strings

  • Saturday, 9–9.45am
  • For key stage 2 children who have been learning between 1–2 terms and feel confident holding their bow, playing individual strings and bowing up and down
  • This is a first ensemble experience and is an introduction to orchestral playing skills
  • £52 per term (term time only)

Junior strings

  • Saturday, 10–10.45am
  • This orchestra follows on from Capel strings and is for players at grade 1–3 standard or equivalent.
  • A wide range of repertoire is rehearsed and performed.
  • As well as practising the Strings skills you have already learned, students will learn the elements of ensemble playing.
  • £52 per term

String works

  • Saturday, 11am–12noon
  • Minimum grade 3
  • Requires good sight-reading skills and some position shifting.
  • 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.
  • £48 per term

WSM Sinfonia

  • Saturday, 12noon–1.15pm
  • Minimum grade 5
  • For string, woodwind and brass players with good sight-reading skills who wish to gain orchestral experience. 
  • Confident position shifting and some vibrato required

 Senior strings

  • Friday, 5.15–6.15pm
  • Minimum standard of grade 7
  • 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

  • Friday, 6.15–8.15pm
  • Grade 7 and above. Entry by teacher recommendation or by informal audition.
  • Standard full symphony orchestra repertoire is studied in full and in sectional rehearsals.
  • This orchestra is for all students from the Watford, Three Rivers, Bushey and Radlett area. You don't need to study at Watford School of Music to join.
  • £69 per term (term time only)

Wind and brass opportunities

Junior wind ensemble

  • Tuesday, 5–5.45pm
  • For beginner to grade 3, children in Key Stage 2 and above
  • This is a great first experience for playing in a wind band
  • £52 per term (term time only)

Concert band

  • Tuesday, 5.55–6.55pm
  • For players who are grade 3 standard and above
  • We play a range of music from television and film music to traditional wind band repertoire
  • £52 per term (term time only)

Senior wind ensemble

  • Friday, 5.30–6.15pm
  • Grade 6 and above.
  • For advanced wind players who would like to enhance their ensemble playing skills
  • Term time only
  • £52 per term (free for members of the youth orchestra)

Brass Attack!

  • Wednesday, 5.15–6pm
  • For primary school players to develop their brass skills, have fun and make some new friends
  • £52 per term (term time only)

Brass works

  • Wednesday, 6–7pm
  • For players at secondary school and of grade 3 standard and above
  • WSM Brass Works plays a range of music from television and film music to traditional brass repertoire
  • £52 per term (term time only)

 Adult wind band

  • Monday, 8–9pm (term time)
  • We welcome all woodwind, brass and percussion players of grade 5 to 8 standard
  • £62 per term (term time only)

Percussion opportunities

Junior percussion ensemble

  • Tuesday, 4–4.30pm
  • Ideally suited to year 5, 6 and 7 students who have some beat and rhythm experience and want to learn a wide variety of percussion instruments in an ensemble setting

Senior percussion ensemble

  • Thursday, 6.15–7pm
  • For year 7 and above students who are approximately grade 5 on their instruments.
  • This ensemble is also the percussion section of our youth orchestra

WSM Sinfonia and WSM Youth Orchestra

  • There are opportunities for orchestral percussionists in both these orchestras

Tabla drumming

  • Saturday, 11.30–12 noon

Guitarist opportunities

Rock up

  • Thursday, 5.30-6.15pm
  • Students work as a whole class, in groups and by themselves to create their own music and work out how to perform pop and rock standards
  • This will be open to all instrumentalists and vocalists in year 5 and above

Guitar works

  • Thursday, 4.30–5pm, Guitar works 1 – group lessons for beginner guitarists year 4 and above.
  • Thursday, 5–5.30pm, Guitar Works 2 – group lessons for students who can already play at least 5 chords and change with ease

Guitar project (for adults)

  • Wednesday, 7.30–9pm.
  • An ensemble for adults and older teens of grade 2 standard or above, although exams are not necessary.
  • All styles from classical to world music to rock are covered.
  • All guitar types are welcome: acoustic, classical, electric, bass.
  • Music notation is used, but tab is available if required.
  • £69 per term (term time only) 

Singing

Watford junior singers

  • Saturday, 11.30am–12.15pm
  • 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
  • £43 per term. Free for Sing, Make, Play students

Watford chamber choir

  • Monday, 5.30–6.15pm
  • For keen singers to develop their singing skills. For ages 10-18

Watford community one voice choir

  • Thursday, 7.30–9.15pm
  • This is a community choir for adults.

Music for babies, toddlers, nursery, foundation and key stage 1

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

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.

It's a method of learning about music by using the whole body: listening, starting and stopping, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, beat, pulse, phrasing, notation and composition.

These classes are designed to introduce children to the world of music through movement, singing, rhythms, untuned percussion, aural training and quick response games.

The benefits of these classes include improved listening and co-ordination skills, simple notation to help children prepare for reading music, and group / solo activities to build confidence. 

0–3 years olds

  • Wednesday, 10.30–11.15am
  • Only this class is drop-in
  • £5 per child per session. £8.50 for 2 siblings per session

Nursery/Reception

  • Monday, 4–4.45pm
  • £52 per term
  • The children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All classes are in term time only and consist of 10 x 45 minute sessions

Year 1 and 2

  • Monday, 4.45–5.30pm
  • £52 per term.
  • All classes are in term time only and consist of 10 x 45 minute sessions

 Explore music reception/year 1

  • Saturday, 10–10.30am
  • Our music programme for reception and year 1
  • Children sing, dance and play simple percussion instruments, as well as creating their own music

Explore music 2

  • Saturday: 9–9.30am or 10–10.30am or 10.30-11am
  • Our music programme for year 2
  • Children do all the activities from Explore Music Reception/year 1, and begin to play the recorder

Opportunities for key stage 2

Sing, make, play

  • Saturday, 9–11.30am
  • For children aged 7 and above
  • SING! – warm up session for all KS2 children
  • MAKE! – children create and perform their own music in their year groups
  • PLAY! – year 3 and 4 children learn to play recorder, ukulele and violin as a group. Year 5 and 6 children learn to play an instrument in a small group and explore music technology
  • EXTRA PLAY! – Watford Junior Singers, 11.30am–12.15pm
  • Tabla drumming 11.30am-12pm

 

 

 

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