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Two courses are available, one of which is the String Training Programme

Harriet Clifford

Junior Guildhall launches new music programme for children in Essex

10:30, 20th November 2020

Junior Guildhall has announced the launch of a music programme for children ages 4 – 11 at Brentwood School in Essex. The programme includes the Kindergarten Course for Reception and Year 1, and the String Training Programme for children from Year 2 to Year 6. 

The specialist Saturday school offering music and drama training for children and young people is part of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and these programmes are based on those run at Guildhall School. 

This new partnership with Brentwood school will allow children across Essex to follow the same courses within the facilities of the independent school’s music department. Children do not have to be pupils at Brentwood to apply for a place.

For Reception and Year 1 children, the Kindergarten Course offers a first musical experience for young children, consisting of classes using the Kodály and Rhythmics methods. The programme is designed to be fun and involves games and exercises in a structured but relaxed classroom environment. No prior musical training is necessary.

The String Training programme for Year 2 to Year 6 embraces Kodály, Rhythmics, ensemble training, and instrumental tuition to give children an enjoyable first experience of music-making. Musical and technical aspects will be delivered in a way that is fun, drawing on games, and will be delivered by specialist teachers. 

Participating students will be encouraged to work to their full potential and those who show particular talent and commitment may then audition for a place on the Junior Guildhall Music Course. The instruments taught on the programme are the violin, viola, cello, and minibass, while piano can be studied in addition. 

Head of Junior Guildhall Rosie Whitfield said, ‘Everyone at Junior Guildhall is passionate in the belief that participating in music making equips a child with valuable skills for life. Learning a musical instrument improves memory skills, coordination, reading and comprehension, listening, social skills, focus, and self-esteem. 

‘I am therefore delighted that we are able to give children in Essex this opportunity by extending our outstanding music programmes from their original home at Guildhall School in London to Brentwood School, for any child in the local region to access. 

‘This partnership couldn’t have come at a better time, for we believe that music, with its universal language and ability to change lives, is needed now more than ever.’

Applications are currently open online. The deadline is 1 December. More information on entry requirements can be found at www.gsmd.ac.uk/JuniorGuildhallBrentwood.

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