Classes

How the timetable works at Centre for Young Musicians Taunton

Each student at CYMT receives a tailor-made timetable designed to meet their individual needs and to provide good progression routes within the morning’s activities between 9am-1.45pm. The timetable for each student is devised in consultation with the parents/carers, the student, and the Head of CYMT.  Students enjoy breaktimes together and make new friends through music at CYMT.  The timetable currently includes:

  • aural training
  • brass groups
  • creative music technology / music production
  • general musicianship workshops
  • guitar groups
  • history of music workshops
  • orchestra
  • individual lessons (as required)
  • ocarina groups
  • pop groups
  • piano workshops (for duets and trios)
  • recorder groups
  • singing ensembles
  • string groups
  • theory of music classes
  • ukulele groups
  • woodwind groups

Individual tuition

Individual tuition is available on the following instruments: guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, singing/voice, piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, recorder violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, cornet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and drum kit.  Most students have 30-minute lessons though longer is advised for advanced grades.

Groups and Ensembles for Strings, Brass & Woodwind

WOODWINDStudents are grouped according to their current performance grade and work in a group to blend their sound into a unified whole. The students will learn about how to adjust their intonation, pitching, dynamics and phrasing to suit the needs of the ensemble and about how to engage with their audience as a group. Students will be introduced to new repertoire, and will develop an awareness of musical styles and structures, as well as various historical conventions.

Piano Workshops

PIANOStudents are matched to others according to their current performance grade and work in small groups to perform duets, trios and quartets. The piano workshops also deal with general musicianship skills such as sight-reading, scales and stylistic recognition. They will have the opportunity to explore how pianists approach a particular piece within the piano repertoire, and learn about different performance styles and issues of interpretation. Each student is encouraged to develop their technique and analytical approach to reading music.

Singing Ensembles & Vocal Training

INDIVDUALThe singing course is fun and varied as students are introduced to a wide range of songs in many different styles. Each student takes part in a singing ensemble in order to develop singing skills such as sight singing, intervallic and rhythmic recognition through song. They will developing their ‘inner-ear’ as well as vocal techniques and support, the ability to sing in different languages and how to present a character to the audience.

Guitar & Bass Guitar, & Jazz / Pop Groups

GUITARWith a particular focus on popular music and jazz, but with strong elements of the classical repertoire also included, guitar students are able to learn both standard notation and guitar tablature on this course. The guitar module allows for ensemble performance practice to be developed, while each student is able to work on their plucking, strumming and fingering techniques. The module also addresses sight-reading, scales and arpeggios and some elements of theory and aural perception as well, making it a hugely popular course among current students.

Classroom Activities including Composition

ENSEMBLEAs well as the practical side of musicianship, CYMT offers classes in theory of music, history of music, aural training and, for secondary aged students, creative music production (music tech).  These classes provide students with a very broad curriculum and strong basis on which to build for the future. Theory and aural classes are designed to aid students in any future examinations they may wish to take, while the history of music and creative music production classes give students with a general context for their musical studies as well as hands on experience with the latest music technology in Logic Pro X. This is proving to be an exciting outlet for students’ creativity.

CYM Taunton Orchestra

Orchestra rehearsals take place from 9am-9.45am on Saturdays at Richard Huish College, Taunton. All students are welcome to join the orchestra whatever their instrument or current performance grade as the music is arranged to suit their level. This can include non-readers (though they have to rely on their memory if not reading music) and beginners on all instruments. This all-inclusive approach means young musicians can take part in a large musical ensemble and enjoy making music with others whose instruments may be different to their own, so it is a different experience to the workshops and groups described above.
The Orchestra won the Haydn Lewis Memorial Trophy at the Taunton Festival of the Arts in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In April 2016 the Orchestra was invited to perform at the Civic Service of the Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Marcia Hill, at St Peter’s Church, Lyngford.
Young musicians of Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians
Above: Orchestra at St Peter’s Church, Lyngford, for the Mayor’s Civic Service, April 2016.
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Above: students and staff with the trophies awarded at the Taunton Festival of the Arts, February 2016.
For further information about the timetable and classes at CYMT please contact Rachael Parvin (Head of CYMT) 07754 217993 | rparvin@cym.org.uk