Merton Music Foundation

E-Music Centre Groups

Good news! Responding to the current social distancing measures, our Music Centre is now online for the summer term.

Whilst we’ve had to suspend some of our bands and ensembles, we’re excited to introduce a new range of online-friendly groups and classes including Performance Skills, Pots & Pans Percussion and Stick Technique.

New members are welcome and instruments/experience not required for every group.

If your child doesn’t already learn an instrument (or doesn’t have access to an instrument at home) we would suggest:

Merton Young Voices choir / Sat 9am

Pot & Pans Percussion / Wed 4pm

Beginner Recorder / Wed 5pm (recorder required but they’re easily available online for under £10)

Summer Timetable

Select your child’s group from the timetable below to access the Zoom meeting link. We have emailed you the password(s) for your session(s).

Please note that the summer half term is w/c 25th May.

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For support with Saturday Groups – Call: 07958 117 232

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For support with Wednesday Groups – Call: 07966 001 059

SATURDAYS

9am / Young Voices Choir with Soo
The KS2 junior choir sessions will offer members the chance to keep their voices in tip-top shape, learn some new songs, brush up on their general musicianship, improve their aural and participate in the ‘All Join In’ massed video project. Zoom link Meeting ID: 853-3494-8682
10am / TIB (Combo Training and Intermediate Bands) with Sara, Norma, Michael and Billy
This e-rehearsal will give all members of the Training and Intermediate bands a chance to connect up each week and continue to improve their ensemble skills. We’ll be working on material for the ‘All Join In’ video project, to make compilation videos of 3 pieces, which will be shown at the Royal Albert Hall concert in March 2021. Zoom link Meeting ID: 815-0555-2843
10am / Junior Guitars (beginner - Grade 1) with Frances
This is for children starting on their musical journey. As soon as the child can play five notes on a classical guitar they are able to join. The emphasis is on playing together, improving sight reading and fluency of playing different genres of music. All guitar groups are invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall in a massed guitar ensemble, last year they performed Pirates of the Caribbean. Zoom link Meeting ID: 827-5075-8292
10am / String Busters with Julia and George
String Busters introduces young string players to the joy of playing as part of an ensemble. Children who have mostly had only individual lessons, now get to experience a different dimension of playing, where different groups of players combine their music parts to produce a multi-layered piece! In this group, young musicians learn the basic skills of ensemble playing, through games, exercises and repertoire, which give the essential foundation for later joining their first orchestra! Zoom link Meeting ID: 860-0898-0391
11-11.25am / NEW! Split Screen Video with Billy (Group A)
We are thrilled to offer a brand new 5-week class on how to record your music videos using split screen! Have you ever wondered how choirs and bands can put those amazing videos together of all their members performing simultaneously but from the comfort of their individual homes? Well, now is your opportunity to learn! We will cover all areas from the recording process to editing the final product. Create music with yourself, siblings and friends without having to leave your home. You will learn how to record a variety of musical styles and genres. We will provide a comprehensive step-by-step guide to the process that is simple and easy to follow. Absolutely ideal for beginners as well as more advanced pupils. Get those creative minds working and sign-up now! Zoom link Meeting ID: 898-8723-1814
11.30-11.55am / NEW! Split Screen Video with Billy (Group B)
We are thrilled to offer a brand new 5-week class on how to record your music videos using split screen! Have you ever wondered how choirs and bands can put those amazing videos together of all their members performing simultaneously but from the comfort of their individual homes? Well, now is your opportunity to learn! We will cover all areas from the recording process to editing the final product. Create music with yourself, siblings and friends without having to leave your home. You will learn how to record a variety of musical styles and genres. We will provide a comprehensive step-by-step guide to the process that is simple and easy to follow. Absolutely ideal for beginners as well as more advanced pupils. Get those creative minds working and sign-up now! Zoom link Meeting ID: 898-8723-1814
11am / NEW! Aural Skills (Grades 1-3) with Sara
A chance to improve your aural skills, using the ABRSM aural syllabus for Grades 1 – 3 (other grades covered later in the term). Zoom link Meeeting ID: 813-0675-5838
11am / Jazz Jumpers with Michael
This weekly session is ideal for junior level players and singers, including those who haven’t tried playing jazz before.  We will listen to some great jazz together and learn about some of the most important and influential jazz musicians. You’ll discover how jazz improvisation works and explore common types of song that jazz musicians love to play and improvise around. By the end of term we will all have had a go at improvising using some simple ingredients on our instruments at home. Zoom link Meeting ID: 860-2876-6368
11am / Intermediate Guitars (Grades 1-2) with Frances
This is for students who are Grade 1 standard and above. Students are introduced to more complex part-playing. Varied styles of music are introduced including blues, jazz, classical music. Emphasis is on improving ensemble skills whilst having fun playing. All guitar groups are invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall in a massed guitar ensemble, last year they performed Pirates of the Caribbean. Zoom link Meeting ID: 825-4554-6644
11am / Combo Training Strings & String Sinfonia with Hailey and George
These sessions for Violins, Violas and Cellos will focus on sectional work and tips for improving all aspects of your string-playing ensemble skills – everything you need to prepare your part for the final ‘All Join In’ video performances! Zoom link Meeting ID: 863-8544-6141

MONDAYS

4pm / NEW! Performance Skills with Sara and Hailey

These sessions will introduce tips and advice for performers at all ability levels on how to prepare and present performances that are enjoyable for you and communicate effectively to your audience. Students will have the opportunity to play for each other while gaining experience and positive feedback on expression, performance etiquette and stage presence. We will also watch and discuss a selection of video performances by world class performers and explore topics including preparing for the ‘Big Day’ and beating ‘stage- fright’. Once a student has played their piece in the performance class they will be able to sign up for one of the MMF’s Online Spotlight Concerts.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 838-0964-1747

5pm / Music Theory (Grades 1-2) with Sara

In order to progress beyond ABRSM Grade 5 on your instrument you will need to pass Grade 5 Theory. This is an ideal time to match your performance skills by engaging in one of our online theory classes

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 844-3581-3935

5pm / Music Theory (Grades 3-5) with Hailey

In order to progress beyond ABRSM Grade 5 on your instrument you will need to pass Grade 5 Theory. This is an ideal time to match your performance skills by engaging in one of our online theory classes online theory classes.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 830-2721-8300

5pm / NEW! Stick Techniques with Jeremy

Want to keep you snare drum technique up to scratch? Join in for a fun and instructive workout involving technical exercises, rudiments, and practice techniques. More than just a play-along class, we will cover all aspects of good technique and healthy drumming habits. Be ready with your pad (or drum) and sticks!

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 842-6679-5311

6pm / Senior Guitars (Grade 3+) with Frances

Senior Guitar Ensemble is for students Grade 3 standard and above. The repertoire is varied and children are encouraged to challenge themselves.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 872-0474-8933

 

All guitar groups are invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall in a massed guitar ensemble, last year they performed Pirates of the Caribbean. Members of this group also have the opportunity to go on tour. Last year they took part in the Belgium tour and this year the destination is Paris. 

6pm / NEW! Percussion Project Rehearsals with Jeremy

This project will culminate in an online video performance of a composition for ‘kitchen’ percussion specially created by Jeremy Barnett. Each participant will be given their own part to learn at home. They will then need to video themselves playing their part along with a click track and submit that to MMF. These videos will be compiled to create the final performance. This special E- ensemble is suitable for all percussionists who can read music at Grade 1 level upwards.

 

Resources provided will include:

  • Parts and click tracks (MP3s) available for download.
  • Online lessons to assist in learning your part.
  • Videos of each part being performed.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 827-3731-6938

6pm / NEW! Pianists - Introduction to Playing & Reading Jazz with Michael

This class is specially for Grade 3 + pianists who have thought about joining a jazz group but don’t know how to start when it comes to reading a jazz piano chart. We’ll learn how to read chord symbols, explore the role of a pianist in a jazz group, improvise accompaniments behind soloists, have a go at soloing, and listen to lots of great music.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 880-1441-3309

7pm / Adult Guitar Ensemble (Grade 2+) with Frances
This group works on some solo pieces as well as some ensemble pieces with a large and varied repertoire.
 
Meeting ID: 856-2722-5484
7pm / NEW! Advanced Jazz Improvisation with Michael

This is a chance for players who have already done a bit of improvising and perhaps played in a jazz group before to learn more about the music and develop their understanding and confidence improvising on common jazz structures. We’ll listen to some great music and learn about some of the most influential jazz musicians, how to read chord symbols and how to approach improvising on them. We’ll explore other common ingredients such as modes, and discuss how improvisers practice  to become comfortable using them. By the end of term we should all feel a lot more confident when we see a solo section rushing towards us on a MYJO chart!

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 822-7834-1739

WEDNESDAYS

4pm / NEW! Pots & Pans Percussion with Lilia (30mins)
5-7 year olds are invited to play in this new percussion group, even if they don’t have a percussion instrument at home. Each week Lilia will be teaching different Afro/Cuban and world percussion sounds and rhythms by using body percussion and household instruments (pots, pans, bottles, spoons - anything you can find that makes a noise!). A colourful mix of music, rhythms and fun (you might need to warn the neighbours!). Zoom link Meeting ID: 851-6678-5529
4pm / NEW! Intermediate Recorders with Sara (30 mins)
Can you play G, A, G, C and D on the recorder?  Have you been learning recorder at school and are missing it?  This is the group for you!!  Join us at 4pm to learn some new tunes and make new friends online. Zoom link Meeting ID: 835-5608-0887
5pm / NEW! Beginner Recorders with Sara (30mins)
For complete beginners.  Learn a new skill in lockdown!  Dig out your old descant recorder or you can purchase one for less than £10 on Amazon.  Learn how to read musical notation and understand basic theory as well as play some tunes to entertain your family.  No previous musical experience needed. Zoom link Meeting ID: 835-5608-0887
6pm Merton Youth Concert Band with Norma, Sara and Pat
We hope you are keeping up with your practice and remembering to do your basic warm- up exercises every day. It was only a couple of months ago that we played at New Wimbledon Theatre for our Big Night Out with great success. In order for the next concert and the Royal Albert Hall in March 2021 to be equally successful, everyone needs to be match fit, which means regular playing. Watch this space for some interesting Music Centre activities and catch up with Stevie who is missing you all!! NB This is a weekly rehearsal. Zoom link Meeting ID: 840-1143-2143

THURSDAYS

12pm / The MerTones with Lilia

The MerTones percussion ensemble will meet weekly to continue building up their ensemble and composition skills, ready to prepare material for this summer’s BeatFest Awards and next year’s Royal Albert Hall concert.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 814-8212-6041


E-Music Centre projects

E-Music Centre fees:

Music Centre is membership-based and charged by the academic term. Membership costs £99 per child, per term (of 10 weeks). Music Centre members have access to all of our classes and groups (subject to instrument, ability and availability). We also offer discounts for siblings. For more information contact us.

Sessions will take place online via the video conferencing platform, Zoom. This video will help you to get set up and has the relevant links.

Please read our new ONLINE LEARNING CODE OF CONDUCT before signing up. All MMF tutors, pupils and members of their respective households will be expected to adhere to this in order to ensure the safety, privacy and wellbeing of all parties.

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