How the timetable works at Centre for Young Musicians Taunton

Each student attending CYMT on a Saturday in term-time 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. Students can opt for a wide variety of courses. The Saturday timetable currently includes:

senior woodwind (grades 4-8) at 9.20-10.00
junior woodwind (grades 1-3) at 12.00-12.30
brass group (grades 2-6) at 9.30-10.00
percussion group (grades 2-6) at 12.45-1.15
Strings Group (grades 4-8) at 9.20-10.00
Prelude Strings (grades 1-3) at 11.15-11.45
ukulele group (improvers’ group) at 10.40-11.10
Prelude Ensemble 1 (beginners’ group) 9.30-10.00
Prelude Ensemble 2 (beginners’ group) 9.30-10.00

senior band 1 (grades 4-8) at 9.30-10.10
junior band 1 (grades 1-3) at 11.20-12.00

senior band 2 (grades 4-8) at 10.35-11.15
junior band 2 (grades 1-3) at 12.25-1.05
grades 3-8 at 1.30-2.15
grades 5-8 at 12.20-12.50
senior composition (years 8-11) on FRIDAYs at 4.45-5.30
junior composition (years 6-7) at 10.05-10.35
intermediate composition (years 8-9) at 10.05-10.35
music production 1 (years 6-7) at 9.20-10.00
music production 2 (years 7-8) at 10.20-11.00
music production 3 (years 8-9) at 11.10-11.50
music production 4 (years 9-11) at 12.00-12.40


called Music Starts Here! for years 1-2 at 10.05-10.50
senior singers on FRIDAYs at 4.45-5.30 (currently combined with senior composition during COVID-19)
junior singers at 11.50-12.20
intermediate singers at 1.05-1.35


junior history of music at 10.05-10.35
intermediate history of music 1 at 10.40-11.10
intermediate history of music 2 at 12.25-12.55
general musicianship (beginners-improvers) at 11.15-11.45
senior theory 1 (grades 5-6) at 11.15-11.45
senior theory 2 (grades 5-6) at 11.50-12.20
junior theory 1 (grades 1-4) at 11.15-11.45
intermediate theory (grades 4-5) at 11.15-11.45




Music Starts Here!  at 10.15-11.00

Aimed at children aged 5 – 7 years who are beginners, this exciting group workshop of 45 minutes gives children the opportunity to explore a wide variety of musical activities, such as ocarina or recorder, general musicianship and singing. Ideal for the start of their musical journey, before deciding which musical instrument they may like to learn. Cost: £8 per Saturday, £80 per term, billed termly. First session free! Interested? Please sign up online at this link or contact the CYMT office on 07754 217993 or

Please click here for the CYMT term dates for 2020-21.

Fees are structured according to the number of workshops or individual lessons a student wishes to do.

Find full details about the content and cost of each programme in the Pricing page.

Individual tuition

Individual tuition is available to students aged 5 – 18 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, baritone, euphonium, French horn, trombone, tuba, orchestral percussion and drum kit.

Individual tuition is available to students aged 11 – 18 in music production (music technology).

Most students have 30-minute lessons though longer is advised for advanced grades.

Please note: a programme of individual instrumental lessons only or individual vocal lessons only will be available only until end March 2021. This means that from April 2021 individual instrumental lessons & individual vocal lessons will be available only in conjunction with another programme such as Prelude or Prelude+ or Core Curriculum. This has been decided because the ethos of the Centre is to develop well-rounded musicians who enjoy music-making with others regularly, and we wish to discourage students coming to the Centre only for 1:1 lessons then going away again. Thank you for your understanding. 

Groups and Ensembles for Strings, Brass, Woodwind & Percussion

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.

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) which involves composition.  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 teach the building blocks of Western music notation and develops listening skills as well as aid students in any future examinations they may wish to take.  History of music and creative music production classes give students a general context for their musical studies as well as hands on experience with the latest music technology in a Mac computer suite working with the application Logic Pro X and learning about sound recording. This is proving to be an exciting outlet for students’ creativity and CYMT is pleased to offer individual tuition in music production.

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.
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 |