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New partnership creates opportunities for young guitarists

Educational not-for-profit organisation, Musical Futures is working with family run musical instrument retailer Andertons Music Co. to support Surrey Music Hub with a new music project that will aid more young people in Surrey to learn the guitar. 

Fran Hannan, Managing Director of Musical Futures said, “We are delighted to have been able to connect Surrey Arts with Andertons Music Co to facilitate a generous donation of electric guitars to support the new guitar programme at Surrey Arts.  We hope that that the instruments, coupled with our Musical Futures interactive resources for guitar, will help more children to enjoy making music together.”

Surrey Arts Head of Service, Sarah Lee said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Surrey to experience learning the guitar. We are delighted to be working with Andertons Music Co. and Musical Futures to provide the resources for high quality learning across the county.”

Jack Cooper, Digital Manager for Andertons Music Co. said “We’ve always tried to positively impact those close to home, helping to make music more accessible where possible.” 

New Head of Service at Surrey Arts

Surrey Arts are delighted to welcome their new Head of Service, Sarah Lee. Sarah was previously Head of Service at Kingston Music Service for 10 years where she undertook a total service transformation increasing the number of people accessing activities and improving the profile of the service. Sarah has a broad range of experience in the Music Education Sector having previously worked as both a classroom and peripatetic teacher.

Sarah says, ‘I am passionate about providing our community with high quality and engaging Arts education and am excited about leading Surrey Arts into the next chapter. I am keen to help shape the future vision for the service so that we have a clear sense of direction and I want to engage with our stakeholders to design our services and activities around their needs. I am passionate about ensuring everyone in the organisation has a voice and can contribute to our strategic development so that we provide the best outcomes for our communities.’

Guitar Live, Woking

Guitar Live Woking - Saturday workshops for young guitarists of all abilities, aged 8 to 16 years

Our Saturday morning guitar workshops are a great way for young mucisians to learn and develop their guitar skills and create their own music with other young musicians.

  • Learn posture, hold and hand position
  • Strumming, basic finger-picking, using a plectrum
  • Learn about different genres including pop/rock, blues, folk, classical and more
  • Song writing and creating music. Acoustic, electric and bass guitars

New format for Woking: Come and join an exciting guitar group improving on guitar skills, short one to one surgeries and learning songs from different genres of music while jamming with other young musicians.

For booking and further info:

Book now

Surrey Arts invest in new piano lab

One of the most popular instruments to learn is the piano and as individual lessons are in high demand we are extending our provision for piano tuition by investing in a new piano lab at Woking Youth Arts Centre. Working with Casio, we have purchased 8 new Casio GP 400 upright pianos to develop group lessons. The ‘piano lab’ will give more opportunities to learn the piano as well as reducing the cost for tuition. 

Our Piano Lead, Anna Shears, says ‘The Casio 400 is great. The touch and tone is remarkably close to that of an acoustic piano.’

The Casio GP 400 is well regarded in the music industry due to its likeness to a big acoustic grand piano. Additionally its compact size and the ability to use headphones to split the piano into two halves gives students a fantastic learning experience.

Dan Brown, Business Development Officer, said ‘We identified there was an opportunity to increase the provision for piano tuition and group teaching has already been successful with our Saturday morning guitar workshops.’

Surrey Arts offer piano lessons for adults and children, so if you are interested or would like further information contact Surrey Arts surreyartsmusic@surreycc.gov.uk

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.

The I Speak Music Community Orchestra

The I Speak Music Community Orchestra is designed to celebrate the diversity of Surrey’s communities and is led by some of the UKs most experienced music facilitators. Through a series of fun and creative music workshops participants will be able to make new music, try instruments from around the world, perform and make new friendships.

The project welcomes people of any age (over 12years) and background, but is particularly interested in hearing from refugees, unaccompanied minors, BAME communities and those who sing or play non-western musical instruments. Professional musicians are welcome to join the group as are those with no previous musical experience. To book your place please email mona4youthmusic@gmail.com 

We are delighted to announce that we now have funding from Arts Council England to continue and develop the Orchestra. We will be re-launching in April 2019 with already some planned performances at various events in 2019.

Here’s what we have planned!

LAUNCH EVENT:

As part of part of the I Speak Music Community Orchestra relaunch, we warmly invite musicians, local organisations and front-line support agencies to join us for tea, coffee and falafels and to find out more about the programme and how to get involved!

Live music, guest speakers and updates on local opportunities.

Admission and falafels are free but places will be limited!

12.30pm – 2.30pm on 24th April, The Electric Theatre, Guildford.

To book your place please register via Eventbrite here

ORCHESTRA REHEARSALS:

6pm – 8pm on April 25, May 9, 23, June 13, 27, July 11

Guildford County School, Farnham Road, Guildford

ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES:

REFUGEE WEEK CONCERT:

18th June, HG Wells, Woking

Meet the Orchestra music leaders

Raghad Haddad, Co-Musical Director

Raghad is a viola player from Yabroud, a small town in the mountains north of Damascus. After graduating from the conservatoire in Damascus, she began teaching, performing with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra for Arabic Music. Since being granted asylum in the UK in 2017 she has performed at numerous charity events in London and Brighton and recently performed with Damon Albarn, The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians. She also joined a group of Syrian professional musicians called The London Syrian Ensemble and they perform traditional and classical oriental music around the UK connects her to her homeland. Raghad now working hard to secure a living performing, teaching whenever opportunities arise.

James Redwood, Co-Musical Director

James is a composer and music leader with 20 years’ experience of making music with groups of non-professional and professional musicians.  The wider the range of musical personalities in the room, the happier he is.

Sara Khoroosi, Music Facilitator

Sara is a Violinist Dancer and Alexander Technique Teacher specialising in working with Performers of any ability, facilitating the ease freedom and joy that can be experienced through the Performing Arts at any level. She  has experience of working with unaccompanied asylum seekers and playing & touring with Manouchska & Dunia Flamenco; Danced/Choreographed with Mambo Central; and taught Alexander Technique at the Actors Centre and London Music & Dance Conservatoires.
Instruments: Violin, vocals, keys, percussion
Additional skills: Farsi and Spanish speaker

KMT Freedom Teacher, Music Facilitator

KMT is an exemplar for social change. DJ/M.C and Trainer (Workshops, Project Manager and Lecturer), since 1999 he has used the arts, in particular Hip-Hop, for social awareness and cohesion http://www.3kmt.co.uk.

KMT entertains and educates, guides people with infectious energy, knowledge and skills to change and empower their lives. He is also the co-founder of May Project Gardens; a community based food-growing project set within the grounds of his home. The grassroots project illustrates his passion for pro-active social change and love for the environment http://www.mayproject.org
Instruments: Voice, DJ, Body, Mind
Additional skills: I pride myself on being to identify people’s skills and talents and developing to their full potential.

Craig Warnock, Music Facilitator

Craig has been leading group workshops and individual sessions with a variety of young people for several years, teaching multi-instrumental skills, composition and songwriting, recording and production techniques.

He has worked extensively with young people who are living in challenging circumstances and with a range of learning and physical disabilities needs. Craig has been a professional multi-instrumental musician for twenty years involved in recording /touring with many great acts.
Instruments: Keys, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Flute, Inclusive Music Tech esp iPad music apps.

Jim Pinchen, Project Manager/ Music Facilitator

Jim is a composer, facilitator, speaker and project manager with a proven track record of delivering local, national and international programmes for children and young people. He is the Inclusion Manager at Surrey Arts/Surrey Music Education Hub and a trainer for Musicians Without Borders
Instruments: Guitar, bass, piano, music production and inclusive music technologies (also very basic cello and trumpet!)

The Orchestra’s history

This Orchestra performed for the first time in June at the Refugee Week event in Woking, was then invited to perform at a Police organised memorial event and most recently in September 2019, invited to take part in a TEDx Conference in Farnham on the themes of building empathy and resilience. Surrey Music Hub’s vision is for this model to grow and be replicated up and down the country.

Get involved

To find out more about the project and how to get involved email Project outreach officer, Mona Saad at mona4youthmusic@gmail.com

Young musicians aiming for Christmas Number One

The Partnership

Surrey Arts, Big Leaf Foundation and the Academy of Contemporary Music are joining forces to record a Festive Themed Single (in just one day!) on Sunday 9 December. It’s for anyone aged 8 and above who enjoys music and shares our belief in the importance of community. No musical experience necessary and we aim to have over 50 participants.

Why music?

We live in one of the most multicultural countries in the world but it can feel as though, despite living in the same land, huge divides, negative stereotyping, fear of the unknown are as alive as they have ever been.
Project manager, Jim Pinchen, says: “Music in its essence, is something that we all have in common. It’s everywhere from the rhythm of our first heartbeat through to family events and is therefore able to bring us together in a unique and safe way.”

Why a festive themed single?

‘I Speak Music’ is a programme that aims to bring together refugees and host communities and we think this is a perfect time of year to come together, have fun and celebrate everything we have in common, as well as all the fascinating things that make us unique. Beyond the food, lights, drink, intensive shopping and tinsel, at its heart, this festive season is about the spirit of giving and receiving, of family and of helping others.

Vicki Felgate from Big Leaf Foundation says: “We want to replace negative opinions with a simple and joyous message of peace and unity and we hope people will share it far and wide.”

What happens after the single is recorded?

A pop video will be distributed via social media with links to digital download sites (ie Spotify) where the single can be downloaded. All proceeds from the single will be used to make music projects that bring together Refugee and Host Communities.

For further details contact contact@bigleaffoundation.org.uk

Courses and workshops 2019/2020

Easter Music Courses for 5th to 9th April 2020. Registration opens in October.

Easter Music Course

Running for over 40 years, the next Easter Music Course is from Sunday 5 – Thursday 9 April 2020. Bookings are now open.

Other workshops

Surrey Arts run a variety of music workshops throughout the year for young people. These range from instrumental master classes to instrument skills, DJ & music production with experienced tutors. Workshops are held during school holidays, after school or at weekends all over the county. 

DJ & Music Production

DJ & Music Production – a chance to learn how to beat match tracks and produce some unique beats of your own.

A unique half day workshop for young people to learn the art of DJ-ing and an introduction to music technology in a fun and educational way. Use mixing consoles to beat match , blend, cut, paste and scratch music to create a DJ mix. No previous musical experience necessary.

Saturday 14 December – The Bridge Youth Centre, Leatherhead KT22 7RB

8 – 16 year olds – 10.00am – 1.00pm

Monday 6 April – Royal Alexandra & Albert School, Redhill

8 – 11 year olds – 9.00am – 12.00pm 
11 – 16 year olds – 1.00 – 4.00pm

Book now

Coming soon

Guitar skills – a workshop designed to bring together young guitarists who want to improve their skills while playing with other musicians. 

Singing workshops – come and sing choral songs with Surrey Youth Choir tutors in a fun and relaxed environment with other young singers.  

Easter Music Courses 2020

Coronavirus – update 19 March: ALL Surrey Arts activities CANCELLED

Following the latest Government advice relating to public gatherings, non-essential contact and social distancing, it has been decided to cancel all Surrey Arts activities until further notice including ensemble rehearsals, concerts, lessons, activities, and the Surrey Arts Easter Music Course. All upcoming exams are also cancelled.

Surrey Arts are continually monitoring the situation relating to the impact of the coronavirus and are following guidance given by Surrey County Council and Public Health England. We will keep in contact with our customers by e-mail and SMS on any changes to planned activities. Please contact us by e-mail: surreyartsmusic@surreycc.gov.uk rather than by phone if you have specific queries.

We appreciate your patience during this period.

Adult Music Lessons Timetable

Adult Music Classes in Surrey - learn piano, guitar, singing or opera with Surrey Arts

2019/20 timetable and dates

Molesey Centre

Opera Appreciation – All abilities: Tuesday 10.00am – 12.00 noon

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2019 – £153
  • 4 sessions 25 February – 17 March 2020 – £61.20
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £153

Opera Appreciation – All abilities: Thursday 10.00am – 12.00 noon

  • 10 sessions 19 September – 28 November 2018 – £153
  • 4 sessions 27 February – 19 March 2019 – £61.20
  • 10 sessions 23 April – 2 July 2019 – £153

Woking ‘Highlands’ Centre

Acoustic Guitar – Beginners: Tuesday 7.00 – 8.00pm

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 17 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £100

Acoustic Guitar – Improvers: Tuesday 8.10 – 9.10pm

  • 10 sessions 17 September – 26 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 17 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £100

Woking Youth Arts Centre (WYAC), Knaphil

Guitar LIVE – chords, songs and jams – Various abilities: Thursday 8.00 – 9.00pm

  • 8 sessions 26 September – 21 November 2019 – £96
  • 8 sessions 16 January – 12 March 2020 – £96
  • 8 sessions 23 April – 18 June 2020 – £96

Piano – Beginners: Tuesday 5pm – 6pm

  • 10 sessions 20 September – 29 November 2019 – £125
  • 10 sessions 14 January – 24 March 2020 – £125
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 7 July 2020 – £125

Guildford – The Pines, Broad Street

Acoustic Guitar – Beginners: Monday 7.00 – 8.00pm

  • 10 sessions 16 September – 25 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 6 January – 16 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 20 April – 29 June 2020 – £100

Acoustic Guitar – Improvers: Monday 8.10 – 9.10pm

  • 10 sessions 16 September – 25 November 2019 – £100
  • 10 sessions 6 January – 16 March 2020 – £100
  • 10 sessions 20 April – 29 June 2020 – £100

I Wish I Could Sing – Beginners: Monday 7.00 – 9.00pm

  • 10 sessions 16 September – 25 November 2019 – £158
  • 10 sessions 6 January – 16 March 2020 – £158
  • 10 sessions 20 April – 29 June 2020 – £158

I Wish I Could Sing – Improvers: Wednesday 7.00 – 9.00pm (Please note this class takes place at Burpham First School)

  • 10 sessions 18 September – 27 November 2019 – £158
  • 10 sessions 8 January – 18 March 2020 – £158
  • 10 sessions 22 April – 1 July 2020 – £158

NEW: Adult Learn to Sing – Beginners: Tuesday 7.30 – 8.30pm

Ever wondered if you ‘had a voice’ and never had the opportunity to find out? Or already enjoying singing and keen to gain some skills to improve and boost your confidence? This session will include great warm- ups, exercises to learn technique and, of course, singing some wonderful songs from a range of styles. No experience is necessary, and you don’t need to be able to read music to take part.

  • 5 sessions 5 November – 3 December 2019 – £62.50
  • 10 sessions 7 January – 17 March 2020 – £125
  • 10 sessions 21 April – 30 June 2020 – £125

Read about the class descriptions

Register for any of these summer term courses at Surrey Arts Music

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

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