Junior Guildhall Brass & String Training Programmes

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Key information:

Art form:
1 March 2024 for September 2024 entry
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools, Workshops & Saturday Centres (under 18)
Mode of study:
Contact details:

About the Brass and String Training Programmes

Junior Guildhall provides training programmes for students in Years 2 to 6 on String and Brass instruments. Embracing Kodály, Rhythmics, ensemble training and individual instrumental tuition, the integrated courses provide an enjoyable first experience of music-making, a foundation in basic musical skills, a firm technical grounding on a chosen instrument and fun and games in group music-making.

Following an internal selection process, students in Year 1 of the Kindergarten Course will be invited to continue to Year 2 of the String or Brass Training Programme at which point they will commence instrumental studies alongside continuing Kodály and Rhythmics provision. Applications from external applicants will be considered from Year 3 onwards.

The instruments supported on the Brass and String Training Programmes are:

Double Bass
French Horn
Guitar (Classical)

Entry Requirements

Children will be invited to progress from Year 1 of the Kindergarten Course following internal teacher assessment. Those not initially successful in gaining a place will be kept on a waiting list, should a space become available.

There are occasional opportunities for external applicants to enter the programme in Year 3 upwards. In the first instance parents should contact the Junior Guildhall office to check on availability of places. Following application, a formal audition will be arranged.

It will generally be expected that a child who is already learning an instrument should be prepared to play two contrasting pieces, a few scales, sight-reading and to answer some general questions to establish level of musicianship. While auditions are highly competitive, the panel will be looking for evidence of musical potential, ability to concentrate and the level of development of motor skills.

Useful Information

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Finance and Funding

Junior Guildhall is committed to ensuring that the cost of tuition should not deter you from applying. Find out more about the fees and funding options available.

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Visit Us

We welcome visitors on most Saturdays by arrangement and provide an individually tailored timetable to allow applicants to experience a typical day in the life of a Junior Guildhall student.

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Much of who we are and what we do is shaped by collaboration. We are always looking for ways to collaborate, and we have established a number of partnerships to enhance the Junior Guildhall student experience.

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Student Welfare

The well-being of our students is a prerequisite for their success. Staff are required to undertake regular safeguarding training, which is part of our safeguarding culture at Junior Guildhall.