The Junior Department
From pre-school age, the Junior Department offers musical opportunities for a wide range of ages and abilities in a fun and informal atmosphere. Led by Glyn Oxley, our Artistic Director, all our teachers have extensive experience of working with all ages of children and developing their musical abilities. Saturday morning (at Barbican House) and Saturday afternoon (at Dean Close Prep School, Cheltenham) group activities and sessions offer Infant, Junior and Intermediate tuition including:
- 'Scutterbugs' for pre-school age children
This session allows the children to express themselves through movement and song. Playing percussion instruments and singing develops their musical awareness, co-ordination, and sense of rhythm in a friendly and fun environment.
9.00am to 9.45am Gloucester £56.60 per term
- Infant and Junior singing and rhythm sessions
These sessions develop skills to further musical awareness. Coordination and voice work is improved through Dalcroze and Kodaly techniques. We also encourage musical expression through structured improvisation and give a fun and structured introduction to music theory.
9.00am to 9.45am Infant Singing & Rhythm Gloucester £56.50 per term
11.00am to 12.00pm Junior Singing & Rhythm Gloucester £61.00 per term
2.15pm to 3.00pm Infant Singing & Rhythm Cheltenham £56.50 per term
3.00pm to 3.45pm Junior Singing & Rhythm Cheltenham £56.50 per term
- Recorder Starters
The recorder is the perfect beginner wind instrument, with typical progression to instruments such as flute, clarinet and oboe. Using the Musicland series, this session will be led by Polly Davis and is suitable for children already attending or joining Infant Singing and Rhythm sessions.
9.45am to 10.30am Recorder Starters Gloucester £56.50 per term
- Starter String Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble
For beginners up to grade 1 standard. The starters are best joined at the beginning of the academic year. These sessions run alongside and complement the singing and rhythm.
9.45am to 10.45am String Starters Gloucester £61.00 per term
9.45am to 10.45am String Ensemble Gloucester £67.50 per term
1.30pm to 2.15pm String Starters Cheltenham £56.50 per term
1.30pm to 2.15pm String Ensemble Cheltenham £56.50 per term
- Junior and Intermediate String Orchestras & Chamber
For players between Grade 1 and 5. Sessions involve concentration on orchestral technique and warm up. An understanding of different musical styles and periods as well as appropriate repertoire is explored.
11.00am to 12.00pm Intermediate Orchestra (grades 3 to 5) Gloucester £67.50 per term
12.00pm to 1.00pm Junior String Orchestra (grades 1 to 3) Gloucester £67.50 per term
2.15pm to 3.00pm Junior String Orchestra (grades 1 to 3) Cheltenham £67.50 per term
3.00pm to 3.45pm Intermediate Orchestra (grades 3 to 5) Cheltenham £67.50 per term
3.45pm to 4.30pm Chamber Music (grades 4 to 7+) by invitation Cheltenham £67.50 per term
- Wind and Brass Ensembles
For players between approx Grade 1 and 5. Sessions provide specialist tuition in small groups in order to improve technique. There is also the opportunity to play with the intermediate strings when appropriate.
11.00am to 12.00pm Gloucester £67.50 per term
- Associated Board Theory Sessions
For players of Grade 1 - 5 standard we offer the study of Music Theory Grades 1-5. An essential for those wishing to progress through the Associated Board exams, Music Theory is taught in an interesting and informative way. Students can be easily put in the appropriate group to suit their current knowledge.
12.00pm to 1.00pm Gloucester £72.00 per term
3.45pm to 4.300pm Cheltenham £67.50 per term
Bursaries are available on application for families on lower incomes or for those struggling to meet all of their children's music education costs.