Virtual Music Centre

Activities available this summer!

Orchestra Online 1 (Grade 2 - 4)

Mondays, 6.00 - 7.15pm

With Peter Davison and Emma Collins

 

An exciting new online music making project - In C, by the Sea. This major new initiative will culminate in a virtual performance of Terry Riley’s ground-breaking composition, In C. Players will be able to attend webinars, live rehearsal sessions and will be provided with resources to practice the piece at home. Students will study repertoire from the exciting breadth of 20th Century music, with opportunities to have online feedback and masterclass style sessions. The project will culminate in a unique digital performance this July with plans to perform live next year.

Jazz & Funk Online (Group 1: Intermediate and Group 2: Advanced)

Tuesdays, Group 1 5.15 - 6.15pm | Group 2 6.30 - 7.30pm

With Peter Chivers, Peter Davison and Owen Eastwood

 

Weekly sessions for young Jazz musicians – develop your improvisation skills, learn more about jazz harmony and work together on some great jazz and funk classics.

  • Explore the foundations of jazz improvisation and how to put theory into practice, in a supportive group environment.

  • Learn new concepts each week as they are introduced, such as modes, chords, harmonic and rhythmic devices.

  • Receive direct feedback as you incorporate these ideas into your playing. 

  • Explore how these concepts have been used in jazz classics, and modern jazz influenced genres.

  • Become a more confident improviser!

Rock & Pop Online 1

Wednesdays, 6.00 - 7.15pm

With Chris Simmonds and Faye Polden

 

Putting the ‘band’ in ‘bandwidth’. Rock and pop online will give you all the skills needed ready for when you can get back up on that stage. Each week we will look at different elements including:

  • Songwriting - How the greats did it and how you can too. Focusing on lyrics, structure and chord patterns.

  • Production - From programming beats to mixing tracks, we will look at the basics of recording, mixing and using an online studio.

  • Performance skills - How to command the stage and be master of your instrument

 

The course will conclude with a live online event showcasing solo performers, band recordings and more. Participants can take part using phones and tablets, however laptops or desktop computers are preferred. 

String Ensemble Online (Grade 6 and above)

Thursdays, 7.00 - 8.00pm

With Andy Sherwood

Led by Andy Sherwood and players of BYO String Ensemble, this class is open to advanced String players. The project will include rehearsals in Webinar form leading to the online recording of several pieces which will form the basis of a future performance and Encore appeal. Players are invited to further develop repertoire, knowledge and skills including music appreciation and analysis.

Orchestra Online 2 (Grade 5 and above)

Fridays, 6.30 - 8.00pm

With Andy Sherwood, Peter Davison and Emma Collins

An exciting new online music making project - In C, by the Sea. This major new initiative will culminate in a virtual performance of Terry Riley’s ground-breaking composition, In C. Players will be able to attend webinars, live rehearsal sessions and will be provided with resources to practice the piece at home. Students will study repertoire from the exciting breadth of 20th Century music, with opportunities to have online feedback and masterclass style sessions. The project will culminate in a unique digital performance this July with plans to perform live next year!

Grade V Theory

Saturdays, 9.00 - 10.00am

With Chris Simmonds

 

A chance to attend weekly sessions and complete the Grade 5 theory syllabus in one term. This course will springboard you ahead so you are ready to sit your exam by the end of the summer term. These weekly classes will offer a combination of group teaching and personalised support to help you develop your knowledge of music theory and prepare to take the theory exam when ABRSM testing resumes.

Family Strings Online

Saturdays, 10.00 - 11.00am

Tutor details coming soon

For our young string players (from beginners up to Grade 2 standard) these weekly sessions will involve musical games, warm-ups, singing and listening activities, technical support and learning a variety of new pieces to help keep young children motivated and to boost their practice and enjoyment until face-to-face group classes and ensembles can resume at our Music Centres. There will also be a weekly webinar led by an experienced string teacher giving opportunities for young musicians and also parents/carers ask questions and to learn about basic instrument maintenance and care to support your progress at home.

Family Singing Club Online

Saturdays, Group 1 - 10.00 - 10.45am | Group 2 - 11.00 - 11.45am

Tutor details coming soon

Singing helps to support good musical progress and coming together to sing with others can also boost well-being. Join our experienced vocal leader for a weekly singing club for all the family. All ages and levels of experience are welcome.

Rock & Pop Online 2

Saturdays, 10.30 - 11.45am

With Chris Simmonds and Faye Polden

Putting the ‘band’ in ‘bandwidth’. Rock and pop online will give you all the skills needed ready for when you can get back up on that stage. Each week we will look at different elements including:

  • Songwriting - How the greats did it and how you can too. Focusing on lyrics, structure and chord patterns.

  • Production - From programming beats to mixing tracks, we will look at the basics of recording, mixing and using an online studio.

  • Performance skills - How to command the stage and be master of your instrument.

 

The course will conclude with a live online event showcasing solo performers, band recordings and more. Participants can take part using phones and tablets, however laptops or desktop computers are preferred. 

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