Merton Music Foundation

Music Centre

Autumn term 2020

We plan to return to a face-to-face provision as soon as it is safe to do so, but in the meantime, following a successful summer term of online tuition and Music Centre activities, our autumn term will be online to ensure that Merton’s young musicians can keep making music.

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

Beginner Recorder / Wed 4.30pm (recorder required but they’re easily available online for under £10)

Autumn Timetable

NB. This is a provisional timetable and groups will be finalised at the beginning of September. If you sign your child up over the summer break, you will hear from us at the end of August.

Zoom links will be posted for each group before the beginning of term and you will be emailed the password(s) for your session(s).

MONDAYS

5pm / Music Theory (Grade 2 - existing class) 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 Meeting ID: tba
5.30pm / Music Theory (Grade 3) 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. Meeting ID: tba
6pm / Music Theory (Grade 4) 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. Meeting ID: tba
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. 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. Meeting ID: tba
6pm / Jazz Harmony with Michael
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7pm / 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. Meeting ID: tba

WEDNESDAYS

4.30pm / 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. Meeting ID: tba
5.15pm / 2nd term recorders (previous 5pm class) with Sara (30mins)
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5.30pm / Percussion with Jeremy
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6pm / Intermediate Recorders (previous 4pm class) 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. Meeting ID: tba
6pm / Composition Lab - projects with Adam
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7pm / 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's been a good few months since our last concert at New Wimbledon Theatre for our Big Night Out which was a great success. It might be a while before we can perform together again but  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. Meeting ID: tba

THURSDAYS

5.30pm / Music Theory (Grade 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. Meeting ID: tba
6pm / Spotlight Concerts
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7pm / Conducting with Billy (30 mins)

We are pleased to offer a brand new conducting course led by our tutor Billy Fisher. This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in conducting an ensemble, learning how to read and mark up a score and how to rehearse a band. We will cover the basic conducting technique across various genres and time signatures as well as approaching performance directions and how to lead an ensemble from the front.

Meeting ID: tba

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 and improve their aural skills. Meeting ID: tba
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. Meeting ID: tba
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. Meeting ID: tba
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! Meeting ID: tba
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. Meeting ID: tba
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. Meeting ID: tba
11am / Music Theory (Grade 1) with Sara
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11am / NEW! Ukulele with Billy (30mins)
We are delighted to offer a brand new ukulele course led by our tutor Billy Fisher. The course is ideal for beginners as well as those with some knowledge of the instrument and those who wish to brush up on their skills. We will cover basic chord progressions that will enable you to play many songs plus some more advance chords and techniques for those more complex pieces. Access to your own ukulele is essential for this course. Meeting ID: tba
11am / Introduction to Jazz (formerly known as 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. Meeting ID: tba


E-Music Centre projects & resources

Click below to find and download the sheet music for your child’s ensemble(s).Sheet music downloads

E-Music Centre fees:

Music Centre is membership-based and charged by the academic term. Membership costs £99 per term (of 10 weeks) with a discount of £19 offered for each additional sibling. Music Centre members have access to all of our classes and groups (subject to instrument, ability and availability). For more information contact us.

Sessions 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. SIGN-UP

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