Great musical experiences in a fun, supportive and welcoming environment
We welcome all children and young people between 4 and 18 to join us in any of our groups and at any stage of their musical development. Our sessions run at Manorbrook Primary School on Saturday mornings during term time. The children are involved in various musical lessons as described below. For most musicians, there is also a defined break time where they can socialise with friends and enjoy a bit of tuck - available from our tuck shop.
If you’d like to come along and see what what we do on a Saturday morning and try out one of our sessions then contact us. We also run open days each summer term.
Early Years - ages 4-7
With the emphasis on having fun and a welcoming supportive environment, your child will enjoy a wealth of music-making activities with our dedicated Early Years tutor. We tailor the activities and classes to a level that is appropriate for the age and ability of the children. The activities allow the children to develop their skills in singing, exploring sounds and listening. We use tuned percussion instruments like handbells and boom-whackers. Older children can then progress to learning the recorder. We want to give children the confidence to perform from the very beginning. At the end of each term: the classes perform a show-case or concert for their parents and families.
Let’s Play - learn a real instrument from age 6
Children choose which instrument they would like to learn - there is the choice of flute, clarinet, saxophone trombone, cornet, violin and cello.
The classes are typically between 6-9 children - large enough for children to have fun and support and encourage each other but small enough so that tutors can provide one-on-one support too. The emphasis is on having fun, a supportive and welcoming environment and learning sound foundations of the instrument.
Instrument technique is learnt alongside playing pieces as a group. The progress kids make in this environment encourages everyone and by the end of the first term the group performs its first piece in a showcase concert. We encourage self-confidence by the children playing to the friends in the group.
We now offer individual instrument lessons with our specialist tutors on a Saturday morning and it’s proving a really popular option. Lessons are in pairs or individual and this personalised coaching is the ideal next step for students who have progressed through the Let’s Play scheme and are now playing in our training groups.
Our training groups are perfect if you have been playing an instrument for a bit and are learning to read music. We’ll give you lots of support to develop your playing, in specialist string or wind/brass groups and together in our training orchestra. The music repertoire is varied and fun, and there are parts for different abilities so everyone can contribute.
Our senior groups are for young players from Grade 3 or 4 standard and beyond. In string and wind/brass groups as well as a full orchestra you’ll be introduced to a wide range of music and enjoy learning it among friends. Coaching is provided by our professional tutors teachers who specialise in strings, wind and brass and are there to help you get the most from your playing. We don’t just use exam passes or age to decide when players are ready into our senior groups - our tutors will work with children as individuals and decide with them the right time to progress.