Saturday Programme

Summer 2020 Holiday Courses

We are delighted to offer the following two online courses over the Summer 2020 break!


Lockdown Cannot Stop Us – Holiday Course
27-30 July 10:00 – 1:00pm
School Years 5 – 10
Cost £100.00

Come and join HMDT Music’s online Summer Course!

Together we will create our own multi-media piece. Just because we’re not in the same room, doesn’t mean we can’t create exciting work!

Working with a range of artists, the devisary course will include:

  • song-writing
  • creating dialogue
  • film-making

Bring your imagination, your voice, any instruments you play and any technical skills you already possess and might want to develop!

The course will use your individual interests and ideas as well as provide a chance to socialise online and have fun creating something together. Be prepared to carry out some afternoon tasks such as learning/recording songs, creating some designs, trying some animation, practising an instrumental accompaniment leading to an end of course Showing.

Please note: we are aware everyone enjoys different elements and has different strengths. If you like some but not all of the areas being covered, do still sign up!

Sign up now by clicking here!

 


Music Lessons for you! – Instrumental Lessons

Want to develop musically over the Summer 2020 break? Do you have an instrument gathering dust in a corner you would like to learn? We can get you started online!

Beginner students

We can offer the following instruments to students who have NO experience, but DO have access to an instrument:

*Piano *Guitar *Violin *Cello *Aural/Theory

Already learning?

We can offer lessons to students with experience on, and access to, the following instruments:

*Piano *Flute *Clarinet *Bassoon *Violin *Cello *Trumpet *Trombone *Tenor Horn *Percussion *Guitar *Aural/Theory

Cost

Lessons are available in blocks of 5 or 10, at the following rates:

£225.00 for a block of 10x 30 minute lessons

£132.00 for a block of 5x 30 minute lessons

Lessons are available in blocks of 5 or 10, at the following rates:

£285.00 for a block of 10x 30 minute lessons

£162.00 for a block of 5x 30 minute lessons

Sign up now by clicking here!

Support Music Treehouse

Please help support our Music Treehouse project for SEN/D children!

 

 

Aviva’s Community Fund has given us the opportunity to fundraise to help ensure this vital life-line of creative music making can continue to help alleviate isolation and offer much needed support to children with a wide spectrum of needs through lockdown, across the summer and beyond.

 

Any help you can offer is much appreciated.

 

Commemorating VE Day

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, our I Can Sing! students have been rehearsing We’ll Meet Again, a show of music from several of our commissions commemorating different aspects of the Second World War.

Here is the Finale – a fantastic medley of war songs arranged by Matthew King, which students have contributed to from lockdown, as part of our new online programme. Although we haven’t yet been able to complete the project in the way we planned, a film version of the whole performance will be available soon.

Shortlisted for the ‘Music & Drama Education Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre’

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the ‘Music & Drama Education Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre’, for our work on Trench Brothers.

More on the project can be found HERE on the website.

Julian Joseph Jazz Academy – Duke Ellington Summer Course

MONDAY 26 AUGUST – THURSDAY 29 AUGUST
at Mossbourne Academy, E5 8JY

Come and join us for a special four-day course focusing on the masterworks of one of America’s greatest composers – Duke Ellington.


You will develop the following skills:

  • Playing from direct, professional transcriptions taken from the original recordings.
  • Learning the rich history behind each piece of music being played, and the band behind it.
  • Gaining experience playing as part of a large jazz ensemble.
  • Building confidence reading and interpreting big band charts.
  • Socialising and meeting like-minded, driven young jazz musicians.

The four days will culminate with a relaxed performance for all friends and family.

 


The course will be at Mossbourne Academy, E5 8JY, and is specifically for sax, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section players (approx. grade 5+, no audition required) though places are limited (especially for rhythm section players), so book now to reserve a place and avoid disappointment.



The full four-day course costs £179.00
Payable when you accept the place.

Discounted fees £159.00 available for students who attend the Jazz Blues Course or the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.

APPLY NOW WHILE PLACES STILL REMAIN!

APPLY NOW!

New Saplings Programme at Music Treehouse: Interactive music making

The Music Treehouse programme at HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme, offers younger disabled children access to high quality interactive music making, boosting social skills and confidence, and offering pathways to learning through songs and participatory musical activities. The relationship between singing and speech (in the context of people with special needs) is well researched, and we find there are linguistic breakthroughs among some of the children as they become more familiar and more confident with the songs. We focus on simple tasks, encouraging the young people to join in, and even lead activities, and there are no barriers in terms of ability. For us as a team of skilled musicians we keep musical standards high, even if words and melodies have to be easy enough to encourage participation. But the combination of keyboard, percussion, flute and guitar to accompany the songs, as well as the team’s skills in improvisation, mean that we can change soundworlds in an instant, and maintain focus throughout the sessions.

 

As the year has progressed we have seen huge changes in the attention levels of some individuals, as they grasp the fact that making music is both fun and empowering, and that they are free to take part at any level. We try to make every moment of a session joyful, and we introduce different elements to increase stimulation, including puppets and movement work. It’s really a whole body, whole mind, whole voice approach. Some children are non-verbal/vocal, but they often have acute understanding, and certainly can participate to the same level as vocal students, even if their participation is expressed in different ways. When percussion is introduced, every child can contribute equally, and the combination of sound and rhythm changes the dynamic of the room, often dramatically, with individuals often becoming confident enough to lead sections.

 

This year the overarching theme has been the animal world. We have made from scratch songs about hounds, birds, geese, moles, tigers and lions. Puppets help tell the stories of these creatures, and we always bring animals to life through movement work as well as sound. Often, we travel from one animal environment to another with the help of a bus song. And each session begins with a familiar hello song, as well as songs to warm up the body, and get us in the mood to make music. The session ends with a bespoke goodbye song, which is calming and which sends the participants away on a quiet note. Our autistic children respond particularly well to these more calming activities.

 

Tim Yealland MBE
Music Treehouse Saplings Workshop Leader

 

 

I Can Sing! Taster Session – 22 Sept 2018

 

Do you enjoy singing, dancing and acting?

Come and join HMDT Music for a one-off  I Can Sing! Taster on Saturday 22 September, and experience the excitement of music theatre, led by our fantastic team of professional artists.

The morning will offer prospective I Can Sing! students the chance to watch a performance by current students, gain new skills, build confidence and make new friends!

Sessions will include singing, dancing and drama and require no previous experience. I Can Sing! is for ages 5 – 14 and draws on repertoire that includes classic Broadway numbers alongside our original commissions.

What are the timings?

The taster students are invited to join the first session of the term (22 September) with our I Can Sing! Groups according to their school year.

Minis (Years 1 & 2) – 09:50am – 11:25am

Junior 1 (Years 3 & 4) – 10:00am – 12:45am

Junior 2 (Year 5 & 6) – 10:00pm – 1:45pm

Seniors (Year 7 +) 09:00am – 12:45pm

This sounds great – how do I sign up?

 

CLICK TO APPLY NOW!

 

Spaces are limited so make your application now. We will get back to you ASAP to confirm your place. The taster session costs £20.00 – payable when you accept your place.

If you sign up for the term the taster fee will be deducted from the first term’s fee!

Where does the taster take place?

At HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme in Haggerston School, E2 8LS.

For more information on I Can Sing! and the rest of the Saturday Programme click here.

To discuss I Can Sing! or any other part of the Saturday Programme, please contact the office on 020 8882 8825.

Julian Joseph Jazz Academy – Summer Courses

SUMMER JAZZ COURSE FOR BEGINNERS

TUESDAY 28 AUGUST – FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2018
10.00AM – 5.00PM  at Bridge Academy, E2 8BA

 

A unique, four-day course designed for students aged 9 – 14, who want to learn jazz – or more about jazz.

 

Using the methodology developed at the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, students will be introduced to the rich history and styles of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock and Charles Mingus through the focused study of a small number of classic jazz recordings. They will be taught how to access, appreciate and perform this great music through a series of inspiring workshops – and make firm friends in the process!

 

The course culminates in a relaxed and enjoyable performance at the end of the last day, open to all family and friends.

 

For more detailed information about the course, click HERE.

 

The full four-day course costs £199.00  – payable when you accept the place.

Discounted fees £179.00 available for students who attend Bridge Academy, the Jazz Blues Course or the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.

BIG BAND COURSE

TUESDAY 21 AUGUST – FRIDAY 24 AUGUST
10.00AM – 5.00PM  at Bridge Academy, E2 8BA

 

Come and join us for a special four-day course focusing on the music and styles of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Students will learn the rich history behind the music; gain experience playing as part of a large jazz ensemble; build confidence reading Big Band charts and meet like-minded musicians in the process.

 

Each day will be split into three sessions:

  • Full Workshops
  • Sectionals
  • Jam Sessions

 

The four days will culminate with a relaxed performance for all friends and family.

 

The course will be at the home of JJJA, Bridge Academy, E2 8BA, and is specifically for sax, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section players (approx. grade 5 +, no audition required) though places are limited (especially for rhythm section players), so book now to reserve a place and avoid disappointment.

 

The full four-day course costs £179.00  – payable when you accept the place.

Discounted fees £159.00 available for students who attend Bridge Academy, the Jazz Blues Course or the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.

 

APPLY BELOW NOW WHILE PLACES STILL REMAIN!

 

APPLY NOW

 


 

HOME OF JJJA

bridgeacademylogo_295px

Check out Saturday Programme News

This is the New Sat prog news page – check back soon.

 

Meet our Team! Interview with Jason Rowland – composer and workshop leader

Artist Name: Jason Rowland
Artist Role(s): Leader for Music Treehouse
Date first worked with HMDT Music: 11/10/16

What you remember most:
The performance that I really remember was based on a photograph of a “lit grapefruit segment” (The SP theme that term was fruit!). It had 13 segments which led us straight in a time signature of 13/8. Each of the 3 groups had created a movement for the piece and each one led into the next and had overlapping moments. The rhythms and melodies created were quite complex and a real challenge for the group. The excitement and sense of achievement for the group after the performance was incredible and gave the group a real boost forward.

Project impact:
We had a session recently where a participant started to play the piano, something that he hadn’t shown an interest in before. As happens in this session he led the piece and the group followed. It has to be just one of the best musical moments so far. A duet started between him and a tutor whilst the rest of us gave accompaniment. There was everything you would want from a piece of music, dynamics, space, musical control and awareness. The piece lasted for a good 15 minutes and we all agreed afterwards that the piece could easily fit into our CD collections!

What do you like most about Music Treehouse?:
Music Treehouse is a fantastic project as whilst we have structure to our sessions they are musically led by the group. Their role is to create music with their instruments or voice and then go through the more traditional processes of refinement and rehearsal. We allow the group to make musical decisions and have control of everything that they do in the sessions which is something that they are not always able to do in their everyday life.

What else are you working on at the moment?:
I’m currently working with The Philharmonia on a music technology project, an SEND project with Snape Maltings writing new songs in response to the Friday Afternoon Songs, LPO and Trinity Laban’s Animate Orchestra and All in sound, a singing project for dementia sufferers.

Any advice to young artists wanting to work in the arts or music?
Work hard, have fun and opportunities will come to you.