CYMH Instrumental School

CYMH is HMDT’s Instrumental Music School which offers students ages 5 upwards, an extensive curriculum including group and individual instrumental tuition, singing, musicianship and ensembles, as well as the Orchestra and Choirs of CYMH.

 

CYMH OFFERS THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMMES:

RED PROGRAMME:

A two-year programme for students in Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2).

 

Red 1 (Year 1): Students sing in the Red Choir and develop their General Musicianship skills through a variety of games and exercises, whilst beginning their instrumental training with group Recorder lessons.

 

Red 2 (Year 2): Students try out different instruments in taster sessions throughout the Autumn term before choosing one to start learning in small group lessons from the Spring Term. They continue to sing in the Red Choir and General Musicianship supports their instrumental learning with theory in a fun and meaningful way.

 

YELLOW PROGRAMME:

For students in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 plus) who have been in the CYMH Red programme, or join the Saturday Programme at a similar level.

 

Students sing in Yellow Choir, continue to develop their knowledge of General Musicianship, and progress towards Grade 1 in their instrumental learning through small group lessons.

 

GREEN PROGRAMME:

For students playing at a Grade 1 standard on their instrument who are ready to explore music through ensembles and more advanced musicianship and choirs.

 

Green 1 (Grade 1 Standard): Students continue to learn in small groups and also play in ensembles related to their instrument. Their General Musicianship and Choir lessons will continue to supplement their instrumental learning.

 

Green 2 (Grade 2 – 3 standard):, Students receive a 20-minute individual lesson in preparation for the Blue Programme, with ensembles and choir allowing them to continue learning in a group dynamic. Students choose whether they continue down the classical GM route, or start Jazz GM in preparation for Jazz Blues.

In addition, students who learn an instrument elsewhere and are playing at a Grade 2 level will be able to join our Green Ensemble programme (see ‘The Ensemble Programme’ below).

 

BLUE PROGRAMME:

For students who are playing at a Grade 3 level and above. Entry is by audition.

 

The Blue Programme offers students the opportunity to develop their instrumental studies further at the Saturday Programme with individual lessons, higher level choirs, ensembles, theory lessons, and the CYMH Orchestra. If students also want to try Jazz, they may also (timetable dependent) attend the Jazz Orchestra. Students who learn an instrument elsewhere and are playing at Grade 3 or above will be able to join our Blue Ensemble programme (see ‘The Ensemble Programme’ below).

 

JAZZ BLUE PROGRAMME:

For students who are playing at a Grade 3 level and above who wish to develop an understanding of Jazz. No Jazz experience necessary. Entry is by audition.

 

This programme is available either with Instrumental lessons or as an ensemble programme. Classes include: Jazz Appreciation, Jazz Musicianship, Jazz Orchestra. If you wish to continue with your classical training, members of Jazz Blues can also attend the CYMH orchestra, Blue Choir and Grade 5 Theory.

 

THE ENSEMBLE PROGRAMME 

for students taking instrumental lessons outside of the Programme Grade 1+.

 

This programme allows students to participate in group activities to further their musical studies. Ensemble students will take part in all other aspects of the curriculum, meeting and learning from their peers whilst taking part in group Vocal and Musicianship lessons as well as Orchestra and other smaller ensembles.


Classes

General Musicianship develops musical literacy and understanding through a variety of methods as part of our new improved curriculum combining theory, aural, listening and fun! Beginners focus on singing, playing percussion instruments and musical participation, while more advanced students will develop listening skills and sight-singing.

Instrumental lessons give students an opportunity to learn an instrument, selecting from a choice of piano, strings, wind, or brass. They learn in small groups, pairs or individual lessons based upon each student’s curriculum.

Ensemble sessions continue the practice of encouraging students to play and learn together. Teachers design special arrangements, tailored not only to the particular group of instruments, but also, on many occasions, to the particular instrumentalists.
Orchestra gives students the chance to explore a wide range of repertoire, including contemporary music and occasionally new HMDT Music commissions. The orchestra may also accompany the choir or other performers at some of the school’s many performances.
ABRSM Exams offer students the opportunity to be externally assessed and receive certificates commending their achievements. Exam preparation includes set pieces, scales, sight-reading and aural. As well as instrumental exams at all Grade Levels, students can study for their ABRSM Grade 5 Theory in a special preparation class.

Timetable 2017/18

All sessions take place between 9.00am and 3.30pm. In general, sessions for younger students are earlier in the day. The timetable for the year is sorted over the Summer holidays, and you will be notified of your timetable in September before term starts. There may occasionally also be some movement of times between terms, which you will be notified of before the term starts.

 

The times below are for main programme elements only and include breaks. Instrumental lessons may be scheduled outside these hours. Please note that timings are advisory only, and are subject to change.

Red 1: 10:30 – 11:40

Red 2: 09:00 – 11:00

Yellow 1: 09:00 – 10:30

Yellow 2: 09:00 – 10:30

Green 1: 11:00 – 13:00

Green 2: 10:30 – 13:00

Blue: 11:00 – 14:30

Jazz Blues:
09:00 – 11:30

Click here for term dates.

 

The timetable for the year is decided over the Summer holidays, and you will be notified of your timetable in September before term starts. There may occasionally also be some movement of times between terms, which you will be notified of before the term starts.

 

The times are for main programme elements only and include breaks. Instrumental lessons may be scheduled outside these hours. Please note that timings are advisory only, and are subject to change.

 

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FAQs

 

My child is progressing at a much faster rate than the other children in his/her group! What happens now?

 

Students progress at different rates so even if they start in one group, they do not always stay with that group. The multi-strand programme allows for students to move up and down the different colours as needed. Please note, that students are only moved on a recommendation from their teachers, and sometimes need a couple of MFY lessons to make sure they are playing at the same standard as the other students in the higher level group.

 

My child is in Year 6 or Year 7 and has had no experience, but I would like him/her to start learning an instrument. What can you offer?

 

Private lessons on a chosen instrument through Our Music Lessons For You programme will enable a student to build up confidence and skills to join the Saturday Programme as an ensemble student so that they can get the benefit from everything it offers. If, however, they wish to play the piano, and we have availability, we can work out a programme which could suit them.

 

My child finds General Musicianship too much like school

 

Whilst every effort is made to make General Musicianship fun – think composition, conducting, games etc. – there are elements which by necessity are a bit like school. They are learning another language which has its own rules attached to it. This class is integral to the whole programme, and develops well-rounded musicians, core to our ethos of learning.

 

Can my child change to another programme if they don’t enjoy the one they’re doing?

 

Students can move to another programme for a transfer fee of £25.00. If they decide to return to the original course, the fee is £100.00.

 

 Photos: Clive Barda