Virtual Music Centre

Activities available this spring!

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Family Strings Online 1

Mondays 6 - 7pm

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

Jazz & Funk 

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Jazz & Funk

Group 1: Intermediate | 5.15 - 6.15pm

Group 2: Advanced | 6pm - 7.15pm

Thursdays

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.

Rock & Pop 1

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Rock & Pop 1

Wednesdays 6 - 7.15pm

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

Virtual Voices

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Virtual Voices

Thursdays 6.15 - 7.15pm

Join our virtual voices and step back into the world of group singing. From pop songs to show tunes with everything in between. Meeting once a week you will learn vocal control, harmonies and performance techniques whilst working towards an end of term performance/recording.

Online Orchestra 1

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Online Orchestra 1

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE - please see in-person Music Centre for an equivalent activity

Grade 2 - 4

This term we will be tackling some major works linked to the theme of Discovery, Space, New Worlds and Time led by Peter Davison with creative input from our Youth Leaders. We will be working on music from Satie’s Parade and compositions from films leading up to an end of term virtual performance.

Grade V Theory

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Grade V Theory

Tuesdays 5 - 6pm

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.

Virtual Youth Brass

Virtual Youth Brass

Mondays 6 - 7.30pm

This exciting band is for all brass players from grade 3 – 6 who enjoy playing a variety of music from traditional marches to music by Bruno Mars and everything in between.

 

Weekly help with the ensemble music, along with music clips and quizzes will enable all young musicians to enjoy their music making. The band has already performed in two virtual concerts and aim to produce another amazing performance this term. 

You can now take part in this virtually or in person! 

Beginners Theory

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Beginners Theory

Wednesdays 6 - 7.15pm

An intro to the world of music theory! Starting from the beginning and working up towards Grade 4.

Perfect for those relatively new to their instrument.

String Orchestra

String Orchestra

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE - please see in-person Music Centre for an equivalent activity

Ease back into your regular string orchestra by joining us here at the Virtual Music Centre. We will be running as close to the weekly string rehearsals you know and love, though 100% online. This term we will be diving into two contrasting pieces of music from the vast string orchestra repertoire as well as warm-ups, techniques and musicianship. Open to all players grade 3-5 and meeting every Wednesday until the end of term.

VMC Strings

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VMC Strings

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE - please see in-person Music Centre for an equivalent activity Grade 6 +

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.

Online Orchestra 2

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Online Orchestra 2

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE - please see in-person Music Centre for an equivalent activity

Grade 5 - 8

This term we will be tackling some major works linked to the theme of Discovery, Space, New Worlds and Time led by Peter Davison with creative input from our Youth Leaders. We will be working on music from Satie’s Parade and compositions from films leading up to an end of term virtual performance.

Family Strings Online 2

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Family Strings Online 2

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE - please see in-person Music Centre for an equivalent activity

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.

Rock & Pop Online 2

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Rock & Pop Online 2

Saturdays 10 - 11.45am

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.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Virtual Music Centre.