Junior Guildhall Brass & String Training Programmes

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Key information:

Art form:
Music
Deadline:
1 March 2023 for September 2023 entry
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools, Workshops & Saturday Centres (ages 4-18)
Mode of study:
In-person
Contact details:
junior@gsmd.ac.uk

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:

Cello
Double Bass
French Horn
Guitar (Classical)
Harp
Trombone
Trumpet
Viola
Violin

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.

Apply to the Brass & String Training Programmes

Make your online application to study at Junior Guildhall