Ryedale School of Music - News Letter 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by Robert Coates | Uncategorized

Hello and a Happy New Year.

Music Lessons start again from Monday 9 th   January and I am really looking forward to listening to the progress all students have made, having had all that extra time to practice over the school holidays.

 

SATURDAY MORNING MUSIC

Here are the dates for all practice sessions, ensembles and theory classes for this term.

Date
09.45 – 10.20
10.30 – 11.30
11.45 – 12.30
14 th   Jan
n/a
Band Practice
Theory Club
21 st   Jan
Saxophone Ensemble
Band Practice
Theory Club
28 th   Jan
Flute Ensemble
Band Practice
Theory Club
4 th   February
Clarinet Ensemble
Band Practice
Theory Club
11 th   February
Not Running
Not Running
Not Running
18 th   February
Not Running
Not Running
Not Running
25 th   February
Not Running
Not Running
Not Running
4 th   March
Saxophone Ensemble
Band Practice
Theory Club
11 th   March
Flute Ensemble
Band Practice
Theory Club
18 th   March
Clarinet Ensemble
Band Practice
Theory Club
25 th   March
Saxophone Ensemble
Band Practice
Theory Club
1 st   April
Flute Ensemble
Band Practice
Theory Club
8 th   April
EASTER HOLIDAYS



INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES

As performing music in a band or ensemble is vitally important for the musical development of anyone learning to play an instrument, and having tried out some instrumental ensemble sessions last year, I am pleased to continue to offer these sessions as a complimentary add on to your music lessons.

These ensemble sessions are only available to students who in the opinion of Mr Coates, are at a required level of competence on their instrument to effectively take part and benefit from the sessions. 

The ensemble sessions are offered free of charge for all students receiving lessons from Mr Coates.  Any student who wishes to attend but does not receive lessons with Mr Coates will be required to pay a £5 fee for each session.


BAND PRACTICE (The Ryedale Wind Band)  

The Ryedale Wind Band provides an opportunity for young musicians who play brass or woodwind instruments to get together for fun music making.  Musicians must be competent on their instrument and should be at least grade 2-3 level before they can take part.  The band is self-supporting and although it is free to attend it does rely on voluntary contributions to enable it to run.  There is a voluntary contribution collecting box in the waiting area upstairs.  Having a voluntary contribution system in place, promotes inclusion and avoids exclusion for those that may find it difficult to afford fees or subscriptions.  For information, the local authority music centre in Scarborough make a charge of £60 transport and £48.50 per term for their Saturday morning sessions.

I would like to thank everyone for their contributions so far, and I am pleased that we have purchased 12 concert music stands for £180, ensemble music books for £150, and band arrangements for £320.


THEORY OF MUSIC CLUB

The theory club took place up to July last year. Students who attended the club to July, extended their regular instrumental lessons from September to include theory so that they could do the individual work required to take their grade 5 theory of music examinations.  

Unfortunately, there was not enough take up to run the theory club from September (we need a minimum of three students). To make the theory club work effectively, we require a commitment from the students to attend on a regular weekly basis.  I must reiterate that this theory club is run as a class progressing through a course of work and absence makes it difficult for the student to keep up with the work. 


What do we do at Theory Club…?  We cover all the basics of how music is put together, for example:  looking at the understanding of basic notation, how time signatures work, basic composing, transposing music into different keys, musical clefs and key signatures.  The theory club provides a basic understanding and foundation to help the student work towards the more advanced challenges of grade 5 level theory examination.  Much of the work is like completing puzzles.


Why do I need grade 5 theory, and why should I bother if I don’t want to do grades…?  Grade 5 theory is required if you are taking practical examinations on your instrument or voice, and wish to take grades 6-8 at any future period.  Grade 5 theory is a level 2 qualification worth 9 points and is regulated by the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework). It is a GCSE A-C equivalent.  Even if you do not want to take grades, theory of music offers a much better understanding of how music works and will enrich and enhance enjoyment of music making.


How much does theory club cost?  The cost of theory of music club is £5 per session, which includes all teaching materials. 

Instead of charging a termly fee in advance, and taking in to account that students are expected to attend each session to keep the club financially viable, students who enrol are expected to pay £5 for each club session in the term, even for the sessions that they choose  not to attend.

Theory Club will start on Saturday 14 th   January.  Please let me know at the first lesson of this term if you wish to join the club.

 

NEW TEACHING STUDIO SOFTWARE

Last term I introduced new music teaching software which included a new look website with a blog and student portal, as well as a scheduling tool for lessons.  You may have noticed that at the end of each lesson I can send lesson practice notes direct by email.  This has already proved to be an effective tool and I have received some good feedback from both students and parents.  I would like to see more students using the website to record their practice sessions, and this can be done by logging in to the system through the website.  I do not expect students to record in detail what they have practiced in every practice session, but there is a text box that will allow them to leave me a note if there is anything that they are struggling with or unsure about.  This can help me prepare for their lesson.  However, I would like students to log their practice time.   If you don’t already have login details, let me know and I will send them to you.  Please check the website blog for any of the latest news, events and comments.

Kindest Regards

Robert Coates