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Surrey Arts Online Learning

Surrey Arts has introduced an online learning programme – Surrey Arts Online Learning. This exciting programme brings music lessons straight to your home.

Surrey Arts Interactive with Charanga

Surrey Arts Interactive/Charanga is a website which offers online resources for children learning an instrument.  We currently have resources available for beginner to grade 1 on most of the instruments we teach, and up to grade 5 for flute, alto sax, clarinet, trumpet and violin.  You will need a log in for your child to access these.  If you would like to do so, please complete the form below and a log in will be emailed to you.

Surrey Arts launch Online Instrumental Lessons!

Surrey Arts is excited to launch a new Online Learning Programme offering high quality instrumental lessons from the comfort of your home! Over the past few weeks we have been busy trialling online teaching, and establishing safeguarding protocols and technical guidance to ensure we are able to offer the same high quality learning experience that our students receive through face-to-face lessons. 

We are pleased that we are also able to support our more vulnerable young people through our inclusion programme, offering free lessons to groups such as looked after children, young carers and unaccompanied refugees.

Sarah Lee, Head of Service, said ‘This has been an amazing effort by the Surrey Arts team. To be able to put together a programme at such an uncertain time and develop a programme that ensures high quality and a safe learning environment for students is fantastic. We all know the power that music can have on our lives, and engaging in creativity during this time can really help with health and well-being. We hope that our online learning programme will be a valuable service for the Surrey community encouraging people to continue making music and engaging in arts activities.’

At present the Surrey Arts Online Learning (SAOL) programme is only available for existing Surrey Artsstudents: however, we hope to grow this further in the coming weeks, providing more ways in which to support musical learning.

Together with our Online Learning Programme we have also created an extensive online resource page with lots of videos, activities, online music performances and much more!

Finally, the visual arts team have worked with Surrey Artists Open Studios and Surrey Hills Arts to provide a range of online art workshops for artists of all abilities and ages. SAOS artists have also provided online tours of their studios and have been part of the Sketchbook Challenge where they have shared their sketchbook works.

These are unique times and it is great to see so many talented people working together to ensure learning and creativity continues in Surrey!

Lessons


For children

Most of our lessons take place in Surrey schools, and can take place during or after school hours, for individuals or small groups depending on tutor and classroom availability.

Contact Surrey Arts to see what is available near you.

Music lessons include brass (trombone, trumpet, tuba, cornet, French horn, flugelhorn), strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), woodwind (recorder, clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe), piano, keyboard, percussion, drums, guitar and more.

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Our expert tutors help 15,000 young people in Surrey to learn to sing and play all sorts of different musical instruments by visiting schools to give one-to-one or small group instrumental lessons. Your child can too! We’re going to be developing the range of instruments on offer too, over time.

Contact your school to find out what’s on offer, or contact us if you have any further queries or feedback.


Types of lessons

School curriculum

Surrey Arts offer support to schools to provide whole classs tuition for Key Stage 1 providing instruments and online learning. This is available through government funding.

Extra curricular

Lessons are also available during and after school hours for individual and small group tuition but is dependant on tutor and classroom availability.

Early years and pre-school

Making music is great fun so get started early!

Stringbabies

Surrey Arts and Stringbabies Ltd. have come together to offer Surrey’s schools and young children a fun way to learn stringed instruments. Currently, in a number of schools in the county, the programme is available county-wide for children between 3 and 7 years.

Jinglebugs

Jingle Bugs are fun, friendly, guitar led music classes for babies and children from 3 months to 5 years old, run by Surrey Arts.

SEND

There are many opportunities for children and young people in Surrey to get involved in playing music (UP! Orchestra) and singing (Just So Singers).


Workshops

School workshops

During the school year tutors from Surrey Arts visit many schools across the county to host workshops to encourage young people to learn a musical instrument. These workshops cover the variety of music families from strings, woodwind, percussion, guitar, brass, piano and keyboard.

Instrument courses and workshops

Throughout the year there are courses and workshops that invite some of the world’s leading musicians to give master classes (such as Playing with the Stars) and perform giving students the opportunity to develop their playing techniques.

Guitar workshops

Currently there are two Saturday morning guitar workshops in Leatherhead and Woking which are a group collaboration for young musicians wanting to learn the guitar and create music. The workshops are an ideal starting point for any child wanting to learn the guitar prior to having lessons with little or no experience.

Find out more


For adults

It’s not too late to learn. Surrey Arts offers music classes at adult learning centres and caters for a wide range of abilities.

Lessons

Many adults wished they had learnt to play a musical instrument at school. Surrey Arts offers opportunties for adults to learn in groups (piano, guitar, singing, opera appreciation) or individual lessons in orchestral instruments, piano and guitar.

Timetable

Full list of adult music courses
(including times, venues and prices)

Register at Surrey Arts Music

Surrey Arts also offer adult instrumentalists the opportunity to join ensembles.

Learn to Play Videos

Summer Workshops  Click here to find out about our online summer workshops and taster sessions in a wide range of music and art activities.


Brass

Beginners

Introduction to Brass and Welcome A brief introduction to the Surrey Arts Brass department from brass tutor, Carl Woodcroft.

Introduction to the Trumpet: Making a Sound Surrey Arts trumpet tutor Ed Maxwell gives a short guide to making a sound on a brass instrument for beginners.

The Story of The Trumpet  A whistle-stop tour of trumpets, by Surrey County Youth Orchestra trumpet tutor Ed Maxwell. Features trumpets you may never have heard of!

Improving on the Trumpet  Surrey Arts trumpet tutor Ed Maxwell gives advice to young trumpet players about how to improve and enjoy their playing, and why players do well in ensembles.

Introduction to the Tuba: Making a Sound  Surrey Arts brass curriculum lead Carl Woodcroft shows beginning tuba players the basics of making a sound on the tuba.

Tuba Advice for Beginners  Surrey Arts brass curriculum lead Carl Woodcroft offers beginning tuba players some tips for how to enjoy and improve their playing.

The Tuba: Holding and Safety  Surrey Arts brass curriculum lead Carl Woodcroft shows beginning tuba players how to hold the tuba.

Introduction to the Trombone: Top Tips for Beginners   Surrey Arts brass tutor Dominic Clarke introduces the trombone and gives his top tips for young players starting to learn to play.

Taking Care of Your Trombone  Surrey Arts tutor Dominic Clarke on how to assemble and take care of your trombone.

Trombone Technique  Surrey Arts trombone tutor Dominic Clarke with some tips on warming up and basic good habits for trombone technique. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Improvers

Ian Bousfield 10 Tips for Trombonists  One of the greatest brass players of our time, Ian Bousfield gives some fantastic advice here in 10 short points. Warm ups, technique and things to avoid in your playing are all covered here with real precision.

 Alison Balsom Trumpet Masterclass  Renowned trumpet soloist Alison Balsom gives her ideas and advice in this short masterclass. 

Brass Masterclass by Patrick Harrild  Specifically for tuba players, but applicable to all brass players. This short masterclass, originally for a YouTube worldwide online competition, contains incredibly helpful approaches to fixing and improving areas of your playing significantly.

French Horn Masterclass with Sarah Willis for the Berlin Philharmonic  Sarah Willis, horn player of the Berliner Philharmoniker, gives a master class for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 introducing the horn parts of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Richard Strauss’s “Till Eulenspiegel”.

Inspiration

Bollywood Brass on YouTube  Bollywood Brass have made a fun resource for schools and home learning – a lockdown ‘play along’ video of a classic Bollywood song Dum Maro Dum. Young players can download the parts from this link https://tinyurl.com/ycscn786 and play along!

Piano

Beginners

Introduction to the Sounds of the Piano  Surrey Arts piano teacher Anna Shears introduces the piano and some of widely varied music that can be played on it. Do you recognise some of these tunes?

Introduction to the Piano: Exploring Patterns Surrey Arts piano teacher Anna Shears introduces the piano and some simple patterns for beginners to experiment with.

Warm Up Exercises for Beginner Piano   Surrey Arts piano tutor Simon Gould demonstrates some warm up exercises for beginning piano.

Hot Cross Buns  Surrey Arts piano teacher Anna Shears teaches how to play “Hot Cross Buns” in this video for complete beginners.

Just The Way You Are  Surrey Arts piano teacher Anna Shears teaches how to play Bruno Mars’ song “Just the Way You Are” in this video for beginners/improvers.

 

Improvers

Boogie Woogie Basics  Surrey Arts piano curriculum leader Anna Shears teaches some basic Boogie Woogie riffs on piano for intermediate learners who have started to play chords and both hands together. Start with these riffs and try adding your own melody line and changes to rhythms!

www.julianlambert.org   Free instructional videos for both ABRSM & Trinity College piano exams.

Intro To Improvising  Surrey Arts piano teacher David Marsden gives an introduction to improvising on the piano.

Spooky Music  Surrey Arts piano teacher David Marsden shows you how to create some spooky music on the piano.

ABRSM Piano Syllabus

Strings

Beginners

Taking Care of Your Violin   Surrey Arts violin tutor Hazel Davies with a helpful video about taking care of your violin.

Removing and Replacing Your Bow   Surrey Arts Strings tutor Hazel Davies demonstrates how to carefully remove and replace your bow to protect it from damage. A helpful video for all new string players!

How to Care For Your Bow   Surrey Arts Strings tutor Hazel Davies demonstrates how to look after your bow to keep it in good condition. A helpful video for all new string players!

Introduction to the Viola  Surrey Arts viola teacher Deborah Chalmers with an introduction to the larger cousin of the violin . . . the viola! Have a listen to the beautiful rich sound of this versatile instrument.

Introduction to the Cello  Surrey Arts Strings Curriculum Lead Yvette Madden introduces the Cello, a beautifully low-voiced member of the string family.

Introduction to the Double Bass  Surrey Arts Strings Curriculum Lead Yvette Madden introduces the lowest of the bowed string instruments, the Double Bass.

 

Bowing Videos for Strings Players

Part 1. Developing Your Bow Hold   Surrey Arts Strings tutor Hazel Davies in the first of three videos for new strings students. In this video, Hazel gives some tips on how to develop your bow hold.

Part 2. Games for Developing Your Bow Hold  Surrey Arts Strings tutor Hazel Davies in the second of three videos for new strings students. In this video, Hazel shows you some fun games to try that will help you develop your bow hold.

Part 3. Basic Bowing on Violin or Viola  Surrey Arts Strings tutor Hazel Davies with a short tutorial and demonstration of basic bowing. Time to get bowing!

Improvers

Violin 3rd Position  Surrey Arts violin tutor Karen Hoy demonstrates 3rd position on the violin. Have a go and play along!

Dynamics on the Violin  Surrey Arts violin tutor Karen Hoy demonstrates a range of dynamics on the violin. Can you play them all?

Advanced

Nicola Benedetti Masterclasses Suitable for advanced level violinists

ABRSM Bowed Strings Syllabus

Percussion

Beginners

Introduction to the Glockenspiel  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Ben Hartley introduces the Glockenspiel, explaining the difference between it and similar tuned percussion instruments.

Introduction to the Vibraphone  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Peter Rayner gives an introduction to the Vibraphone, playing some bits of music which you might recognise.

Introduction to the Xylophone  Surrey Arts Percussion Teacher Kizzy Brooks introduces the Xylophone. Get ready for some fast and flamboyant playing on this fun and versatile instrument! Can you do a glissando?

Introduction to the Marimba  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Peter Rayner gives an introduction to the Marimba, the larger cousin of the xylophone.

Introduction to the Timpani  Surrey Arts Percussion Teacher Kizzy Brooks introduces the Timpani — the rolling thunder of the orchestral percussion section!

Introduction to the Snare Drum  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Keith Wickham introduces one of the most well-known percussion instruments, the Snare Drum! But did you know how many different ways it can be played?

Creating Different Sounds on the Snare Drum  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Marc Hermans demonstrates some of the many different ways the snare drum can be played to create different sounds, and shows some basic rolls and exercises that you can try. Have a go!

Introduction to the Electronic Drum Kit  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Ben Hartley gives a quick introduction to the electronic drum kit!

History of the Vibraphone   Surrey Arts percussion tutor Peter Rayner gives a brief history of the Vibraphone, including some of the fantastic musicians and composers who highlighted the Vibraphone in their music.

History of the Marimba   Surrey Arts percussion tutor Peter Rayner gives a brief history of the Marimba, including its origins as a traditional percussion instrument in regions of Africa dating back hundreds of years. It is now beloved by percussionists all over the world!

Drum Stick Grip for Beginners  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Ben Hartley gives a brief introduction and demonstration for both the “matched” and “traditional” grip for drumsticks, explaining the history and application of each type of stick grip.

20 drum beats  This video can be used by beginners to intermediate pupils. Click here for helpful notes on the individual exercises:  20 Drum Beats, Exercise NotesDownload

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star  A video showing beginners how to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on the glockenspiel (commercial YouTube site with adverts).

Improvers

Cajón para tí by John Overton, Part 1 of 3  Surrey Arts percussion teacher John Overton has made these fantastic films on how to play the Cajón para tí.  

Mike Barnes Drums   This is a good link to developing basic kit fills. 

Tuned Percussion Scales   Surrey Arts percussion tutor Jason Reay with a helpful tutorial covering an approach to learning tuned percussion scales in different keys. Starting with the easy C major example you’ll observe a ‘repeated stroke’ approach that helps reinforce the flow from note-to-note. Works in all keys! Playing repeated strokes gives you some ‘thinking time’ between notes, in the same way playing ‘long tones’ helps brass and woodwind players. A friend, adult or teacher will be able to assist you with this approach if needed.

Tuned Percussion Arpeggios  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Jason Reay gives some tips on how to play and practice arpeggios on tuned percussion instruments using a “repeated stroke” approach which helps to reinforce the flow from note-to-note. For intermediate learners with some knowledge of scales and keys.

Singing with Tuned Percussion  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Jason Reay on the benefits of incorporating singing while learning to play tuned percussion. Vocalisation helps reinforce awareness around timing, note reading, sub-dividing the beat, some pitch awareness and overall musical multi-tasking.  Suitable for young players with some knowledge of keys and note values.

Alternative Sticking for Percussion   Surrey Arts percussion tutor Jason Reay demonstrates a few different stickings you might like to try on tuned percussion.

Practice Piece: It’s One of FOUR Things Surrey Arts percussion tutor Jason Reay has written a short piece to help tuned percussion players with their staff knowledge. The piece focuses on four things: patterns of F-A-C-E notes; patterns of E-G-B-D-F notes; neighbouring notes (moving by alphabetic step); octave leaps.

Craig Blundell | Basic rudiment ideas

Vic Firth Orchestral Percussion Videos A YouTube channel with good quality videos and demonstrations. The series ‘Percussion 101’ shows demonstrations of playing techniques on different orchestral percussion instruments.

Advanced

Marimba Techniques by Theodor Miklov For the advanced player.

 

Inspiration and Information

Percussive Arts Society The world’s largest percussion organization and central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. The PAS website contains resources and education aids including the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments: traditional, drum corps, orchestral, European, and contemporary drum rudiments.

Drumline!  Video footage of Surrey Arts Drumline Ensemble.

First Time Drummers  Percussion company Sweetwater has put together this video of first time drummers (and some more experienced drummers) having a go at playing the drums. Get inspired!

Philharmonia demonstration video: Timpani

Philharmonia demonstration video: Orchestral Percussion

 

Voice

Beginners

Vocal Warmup with Catherine  Surrey Youth Training Choir conductor Catherine McKay-Upcott leads a short vocal warm-up for SYTC which is suitable for all young singers.

Ping Pong Ball Song  Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall leads an active warm-up song.

Bananas of the World Unite! Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall with another active warm-up song.

My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean  Surrey Arts singing teacher Cerys Reading teaches actions, words and music to “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”. Can you do all three?

Alive, Awake, Alert!  Surrey Arts tutor Ambie DeSoutter teaches a fun song with actions to wake you up!

Vocal Warmup with Ruth  Surrey Arts singing teacher Ruth Munro leads some exercises to get children’s voices warmed up and ready for singing.

Relaxing Vocal Warm-up with Lesley Surrey Arts singing teacher Lesley Gladigau leads a physical and vocal warm-up that will help you to relax and release tension while getting your voice ready to sing or speak. Ideal also for a vocal refresh during a long day!

Introduction to the Surrey Youth Training Choir  Surrey Youth Training Choir conductor Catherine McKay-Upcott gives a brief introduction to the choir and what it’s like to be a member.

Improvers and Advanced

Practicing Tips for Singers  Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall gives more advanced singers some ideas for effective practice.

BBC Learn to Sing   Step by step videos, exercise, warm-ups and tips from professional singers and vocal coaches.

ABRSM Singing for Musical Theatre

National Youth Choir and National Youth Training Choir    Audition preparation Open Events taking place online in late August and online auditions taking place in September.

 

Woodwind

Beginners

An Introduction to the Clarinet  Surrey Arts woodwind tutor Sam Baldwin gives an introduction to the clarinet and plays some different tunes that you may recognise from television, cinema and beyond!

ABRSM Woodwind Syllabus

Music Tech and Contemporary

Introduction to Beat Matching using Mixxx open source DJ software  An introduction to using Mixxx by James Crompton, Surrey Arts music technology tutor.

Guitar

Beginners

Introduction to Electric Guitar  Surrey Arts guitar tutor James Harrison introduces the electric guitar including what you’ll need to get started, some of the different sounds that can be made, and a sample of musical styles to get you inspired!

Introduction to the Acoustic Guitar   Surrey Arts guitar tutor Tino Rainone introduces the acoustic guitar showing some of the different ways it can be played, and a sample of musical styles. Get playing!

Introduction to the Classical Guitar  Surrey Arts guitar tutor Ian Osman introduces the classical guitar, showing how this well-known and versatile instrument can be played in ways that you might not expect. Discover an orchestra of sound in one instrument!

Classical Guitar Technique  Surrey Arts guitar tutor Daniel Beale introduces a few techniques used in playing the classical guitar to create some of the distinctive styles and sound combinations that classical guitar is famous for. Can you spot them all?

Introduction to the Ukulele  Surrey Arts ukulele tutor Liz Fowler introduces the ukulele, one of the first stringed instruments that many people learn to play. Did you know that ukuleles come in many sizes? Find out more with this video and get playing! 

How to Play the Guitar Riff from 20th Century Boy Surrey Arts guitar tutor James Harrison demonstrates how to play the riff from this T. Rex classic.

Guitar Basics- ‘The House of Doom’ study  A good guide for new players, and good for practising pieces at different speeds.

Experimenting with Tone Surrey Arts guitar tutor Trevor Walker demonstrates ways of creating different types of tone on the electric guitar.

Improvers

Bending to Pitch on Guitar Surrey Arts guitar tutor James Harrison demonstrates the technique of bending to pitch on guitar strings.

Trinity Rock and Pop Guitar Skills

Trinity Rock and Pop Guitar Syllabus Showcase

RockSchool Guitar Syllabus Demos

ABRSM Classical Guitar Syllabus

Rick Beato, Top 20 Electric Guitar Intros Rick Beato’s videos are aimed at more at the established players, but are inspirational and informative for all learners. 

General

BBC Masterclasses and Live Lessons

ABRSM  The ABRSM is the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, delivering over 650,000 music exams and assessments every year in 93 countries. Their website and YouTube channel contain exam support, syllabuses, and free online learning resources in their “Play On” programme.

ABRSM YouTube Channel  Exam prep, learning videos and syllabus videos for woodwind, strings, brass, percussion, piano, guitar and voice.

Trinity College Music Exams Every year Trinity College London supports the music education of thousands of students with assessments across classical, jazz and rock & pop music. Their website and YouTube channel contain exam support and learning resources for students.

Trinity College YouTube Channel  Exam prep and learning videos for woodwind, strings, brass, percussion, piano, guitar and voice.

Trinity Rock and Pop YouTube Channel Exam prep and learning videos for contemporary music instruments and music tech.

RockSchool – RSL Awards Exams, method books, YouTube tutorials

RockSchool YouTube Channel  Exam prep and learning videos for contemporary music instruments and music tech.

Academy of Contemporary Music  ACM is a specialist provider of creative industries education. Students including performers, producers, songwriters, technicians, and games developers are taught by established creative industry professionals.

ACM YouTube Channel  Videos and masterclasses for contemporary music instruments and music tech.

CPD and Resources for Music Teachers

Training Courses run through Surrey Music Hub

Throughout the year there are many music and vocal courses that support tutors and teachers improve their continual learning and development.

Introduction to Kodaly  Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall has created a series of four short videos introducing the basics of Kodaly. The videos have been designed for singers in the Surrey Youth Choir, but teachers may also find them useful as an introduction to using Kodaly.

Relaxing Vocal Warm-up with Lesley Surrey Arts singing teacher Lesley Gladigau leads a physical and vocal warm-up that will help you to relax and release tension while getting your voice ready to sing or speak. Ideal also for a vocal refresh during a long day!

 

CPD Online

Becoming A Better Music Teacher   This is a 5 week online course, run by ABRSM with 3 hours study a week looking at developing skills for music teaching. The course gives an opportunity to assess your current teaching strategies and look at new ways to engage your students during their lessons. You’ll get instrumental / vocal specific advice and resources as well as guidance on how to plan music lessons within a broader curriculum.

Next online course due to start April 6th – this is free.  

Spotting Music Potential in Young Musicians  Awards for Young Musicians have created a series of short videos that identify the key facets in spotting potential in our young musicians: 1) Enjoyment; 2) Active listening; 3) Absorption in the music; 4) Commitment to the process; 5) Inclination to explore; 6) Inclination to lead; 7) Memory; 8) Expression

ISM Professional Development Webinars  The ISM have created an extensive resource bank with over 60 FREE webinars (each around 50 mins) on a wide range of music topics such as 

  • performance anxiety: a guide for teachers; 
  • music in the curriculum, 
  • specific exam board advice (webinars from the main boards); 
  • health and wellbeing series; 
  • Music and dyslexia

and many, many more. 

Kodaly Musicianship Training with Esther Hargitai  A new online Kodaly course that will help all teachers and musicians improve their subject knowledge and skills.  Esther Hargittai is a Hungarian master teacher who has recorded a full 10 lesson course on Kodaly Musicianship for adults at intermediate level.  The first lesson (43 mnutes) can be viewed for free and includes all the handouts.

Feldenkrais Resources for Musicians UK   Offering Free Weekly Feldenkrais for Musicians on Monday lunchtimes. These will be ‘snack’ sized lessons from 12.15-12.45 so that they fit into your day. Each week will be taught by a different practitioner.

 

Teaching Resources

Surrey Schools Alliance for Excellence Curriculum resources for schools (secondary)

Manwaring Music Education Blog A helpful music education blog written by the Director of Music for Windsor Learning Partnership. Contains ideas and projects for secondary school teachers to keep their students musically active during lockdown.

Mighty Music Teachers Facebook Group

Clements Theory  Online music theory tutorials and support by subscription

Score Study Resources for Conductors  From Boosey & Hawkes, recording playback and accompanying orchestral score pdfs from notable composers along with commentary from conductors.

Focus on Sound  Music education software online for schools (annual subscription)

Tim Topham  Blogs, webinars and resources for piano teachers by Tim Topham

DJ & Music Production Holiday workshops

These are exciting workshops using online software to create a DJ mix and compose music.

Week 1: 3 – 7 August

Composing and producing music using a Digital Audio Workstation.

This will involve using midi and audio files to create and arrange beats, basslines and lead parts for songs in different genre’s. No previous experience is needed.

Group A: 8 – 11 year olds Monday, Thursday and Friday – 9.30 – 10.30 – Cancelled

Group B: 11 – 16 year olds Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 12.00 – 13.00

  • Level or age: 8 – 11 year olds and 11 – 16 year olds
  • Session delivered LIVE via Zoom
  • Equipment required: See requirements below
  • Cost: £30 per student
  • Registration required: Yes
  • Maximum numbers: 5 per group

Book and pay


Week 2: 24 – 28 August

The Art of DJ-ing: using software to create a DJ mix 

Students will be learning to create and build a DJ set in their chosen genre (Hip Hop, Grime, House, Drum & Bass). This session will focus on beat matching and styles of DJ mixing. 

Group A: 8 – 11 year olds Monday, Thursday and Friday – 9.30 – 10.30

Group B: 11 – 16 year olds Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 12.00 – 13.00

  • Level or age: 8 – 11 year olds and 11 – 16 year olds
  • Session delivered LIVE via Zoom
  • Equipment required:
  • Cost: £30 per student
  • Registration required: Yes
  • Maximum numbers: 5 per group

Book and pay


Requirements for workshops

What you’ll need to take part in Surrey Arts’ Music Tech classes: 

1) A selection of EDM songs saved on the computer you’ll be using. These can be in any of the following formats: 

  • MP3
  • OGG
  • FLAC
  • WAV
  • AIFF

House music – with its simple 4/4 structure – is the best place to start when learning how to mix, but rest assured once you can mix house music, you can mix anything…. and we’ll show you how! 

2) A decent internet connection. An up/download speed of around 1.2 Mbps (megabits per second) will suffice. Slower connections will still work, but you may find your video / audio could distort during the class, due to slow data transfer rates. 

If you have any questions, please email surreyarts@surreycc.gov.uk

Piano Holiday Activities

Week 1: 3 – 7 August

Advice for taking online music exams – drop-in clinic

If you would like some information and advice on taking online music exams, from syllabus requirements to how to make the best recording , Liz is on hand. Register for a 15 minute time slot between 10.00 – 12.00.

  • Monday 3 August
  • 10.00 – 12.00
  • Level or age: beginners from age 7+
  • Session delivered LIVE via Zoom
  • Own instrument required: not required
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: Yes
  • Maximum numbers: 8 x 15 min one2one slots

Register your free time slot


Beginners ‘Come and Try’ piano sessions

These come and try sessions are free to young people thinking about learning to play the piano/keyboard. You will need a keyboard or piano at home to play along. Register for a 20 min slot between 13.00 – 16.00.

  • Tuesday 4 August
  • 13.00 – 16.00
  • Level or age: beginners from age 7+
  • Session delivered LIVE via Zoom
  • Own instrument required: Yes – piano or keyboard
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: Yes
  • Maximum numbers: 11 x 15 minute one2one slots

Register your free time slot


Beginners ‘Come and Try’ piano sessions

These come and try sessions are free to young people thinking about learning to play the piano/keyboard. You will need a keyboard or piano at home to play along. Register for a 20 min slot between 13.00 – 16.00.

  • Thursday 6 August
  • 9.30 – 12.30
  • Level or age: beginners aged 7+
  • Session delivered LIVE via Zoom
  • Own instrument required: Yes – piano or keyboard
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: Yes
  • Maximum numbers: 11 x 15 minute one2one slots

Register your free time slot


Week 2: 24 – 28 August

Refresher piano lessons

When was the last time you played the piano? With lessons starting again in September we are offering 20 minute refresher sessions to help blow away those cob webs and get you back in the swing of things again! Register for a 20 minute slot between 9.30 – 12.30.

  • Tuesday 25 August
  • 9.30 – 12.30
  • Level or age: all levels
  • Session delivered LIVE via Zoom
  • Own instrument required: Yes – piano or keyboard
  • Cost: £10
  • Registration required: Yes
  • Maximum numbers: 8 x 20 minute one2one slots

Register and pay


Piano drop-in clinic

Book a slot to chat to one of our specialists for some piano related advice. Whether it be guidance on buying an instrument, tips on how to practise effectively, some new repertoire suggestions or how to overcome a technical difficulty – we’re happy to help!

  • Wednesday 26 August
  • 10.00 – 12.00
  • Level or age: all levels
  • Session delivered LIVE via Zoom
  • Own instrument required: Yes
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration required: Yes
  • Maximum numbers: 8 x 15 minute one2one slots

Register your free time slot


Refresher piano lessons

When was the last time you played the piano? With lessons starting again in September we are offering 20 minute refresher sessions to help blow away those cob webs and get you back in the swing of things again! Register for a 20 minute slot between 9.30 – 12.30.

  • Thursday 27 August
  • 13.00 – 16.00
  • Level or age: all levels
  • Session delivered LIVE via Zoom
  • Own instrument required: Yes piano or keyboard
  • Cost: £10
  • Registration required: Yes
  • Maximum numbers: 8 x 20 minute slots

Register and pay

Schools Professional Development Day

Tuesday 2nd July 1pm-6pm

Woking Youth Arts Centre Trinity Rd, Knaphill, Woking GU21 2SY

Tickets: £20 for up to 3 workshops.

A fantastic opportunity to renew and refresh your music teaching skills, our Summer Music Professional Development Day offers workshops for primary and secondary music teachers. We’ve asked some of our some of most successful workshop leaders to come and deliver sessions for us with all new content, including a focus on digital resources and delivery. There will be six workshops to choose from, and a selection of content that is useful for all. One ticket lets you attend up three workshops in the afternoon and twilight.

Book your space now

1.00-2.00pm: Session 1 

Session 1A Using topic songs across the curriculum: Al Start: Go Kid Music (Primary)

In this dynamic session, Al Start will show you how anyone can use topic songs to deliver the music curriculum and First Access/WCIT as well as improving your SEND provision by introducing actions and signs. A fun and inspiring session packed full of great songs and creative ideas!

Session 1B Online Materials For KS 2-5: Lewis Edney, Royal Alexandra and Albert School (Primary and Secondary)

This session will cover a number digital resources for use in the classroom. There will be demonstration of Focus on Sound and how this can be used in the classroom, for research and revision and homework. ‘Classroom’ integrates a number of different software and links to the Rhinegold educational products as well. We will also look at Just Play (from Musical Futures), this is a set of PowerPoint resources which are brilliant for getting all pupils engaged and playing music. Finally I will demonstrate VIP Studios (from Charanga) and the excellent schemes of work they offer to help pupils create music using Soundation4Education.

2.15-3.45pm: Session 2 

Session 2A Become a singing school: Sing Up: Charlotte Law (Primary)

What does it take to become a singing school? In this practical session, we’ll understand how to navigate the Sing Up website and get the best out of the online resources. We’ll explore the features of a singing school and approaches to applying them to your own setting, considering the whole school community. We’ll look at the wider benefits of singing, ways to inspire school staff, and songs to sing throughout the school day, including; transitions, topics and assemblies.

Session 2B Promoting instrumental and vocal learning across your school: Ally Daubnay (Primary and Secondary)

Within the proposed new Ofsted Inspection Framework, schools are encouraged to ensure that all students have access to a broach and rich curriculum that fully embraces music. As music in the curriculum develops, so too do the opportunities for instrumental and vocal learning within the wider cultural of the school. This session is for any primary and secondary teachers interested in promoting and growing instrumental and vocal tuition in their schools. It will consider how this is co-developed with the music curriculum, exploring ways to embrace instrumental learning within the curriculum, and for it to flourish in the co-curricular programmes. It will provide opportunities to share good practice with other delegates and to think about practical ways in which instrumental learning can be enhanced and maintained across transition points, based upon research from Ally Daubney and Duncan Mackrill at The University of Sussex.

4.00-6.00pm: Session 3

Session 3A Kodàly In The Klassroom 2 – Len Tyler

Building from his previous session in the autumn term, Len will provide inspiration for your primary music teaching. Warm ups and singing games, choosing suitable material for school children, circle games and songs, strategies for building pitch literacy, the important of canons and further information on the underlying principles of Kodàly music teaching. Virtually all material will be different from the previous workshop. This follow up session from Len Tyler will be of use to any primary school teacher with an interest in music. The will be accessible to teachers who weren’t at Len’s previous session.

Session 3B Teaching Music with iPads – An Introduction: Transformance Music

Our Teaching Music with iPads training opens up the world of classroom iPad music-making to both specialist and non-specialist teachers at KS 1 – 3, including the technology-shy! The training explores tasks that develop musicianship and music theory through carefully structured creative tasks. Activities will be based on best practice when using tablet technology to teach music, with clear links to the National Curriculum and a strong cross-curricular emphasis. Each delegate will receive a free copy of our ‘Teaching Music with Garageband for iPad resource, containing pupil-facing videos, lesson plans and assessment criteria. This two hour session includes an experiential introduction to Garageband, including an initial 10 week song writing project for KS2/3. Creating backing tracks for short films and an equipment guide. There will be some Ipads available to use for this session if you don’t have your own to bring.

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