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Welcome!  The Centre for Young Musicians Taunton is a fantastic Saturday music school in the South West offering great opportunities to its students, with top quality music tutors with dedication and drive.

The Centre is a very friendly and very happy place full of like-minded, budding young musicians. It’s so much more than one individual music lesson and, for parents/carers, it represents excellent value for money.

Above: Michael and Finn enjoying a composition workshop.

FEES for 2020-21

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, Guildhall School announced on 31/12/20 that the first half of the spring term 2021 would be delivered online so we are playing our part in reducing the transmission of this awful disease. Fees of all group workshop programmes will be offered a 10% discount in recognition of this blended offer, and it is hoped we will be able to resume teaching in person later in the spring.

We do appreciate that some individual families and supporters of our students may be facing considerable financial difficulties at the present time. We are looking into offering additional financial support for members of our valued community in these circumstances. Please get in contact if you need advice or want to talk through individual concerns. 

The blended offer and costs for 2020-21 will be as follows (more details below):

  • Music Starts Here! for 5 – 7s: £8 per Saturday, £80 per term
  • Prelude Programme for 7 – 9s: £20 per Saturday, £200 per term, £600 per year
  • Core Curriculum for 9 – 18s (excludes individual tuition): £28 per Saturday, £280 per term, £840 per year
  • Full Curriculum for 9 – 18s (includes individual tuition): £49 per Saturday, £490 per term, £1470 per year
  • Ensembles Programme for 9 – 18s: £20 per Saturday, £200 per term, £600 per year
  • Individual tuition only for aged 6+ (including adults): £22 per Saturday, £220 per term, £660 per year

CYMT tutors can offer individual tuition in the following:

  • acting / speech & drama
  • music production – using LogicProX or Garageband
  • composition using Sibelius
  • theory of music
  • woodwind instruments – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, recorder
  • brass instruments – French horn, trumpet, trombone
  • percussion instruments – piano, snare drum, triangle, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, drum kit
  • stringed instruments – harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele
  • singing / voice

 

The details of the blended offer for 2020-21, teaching 30 weeks per year in line with school term dates:

Music Starts Here! £8 per Saturday, £80 per term

Brand new from January 2021! Aimed at students aged 5 – 7 years who are beginners. Ideal for children to explore music in groups, before deciding which musical instrument is their choice for individual study. This programme is a single session of 45 minutes, at 10:05 – 10:50 each Saturday in term time, covering a wide variety of musical topics including ocarina or recorder, general musicianship and singing.

Prelude Programme: £20 per Saturday, £200 per term, £600 per year

Aimed at students aged 7 – 9 years who are pre grade 1. Ideal for children to develop their music in groups, this programme includes 5 sessions each of 30 minutes comprising ukulele group, recorder group, general musicianship, history of music and singing/drama.

Core Curriculum: £28 per Saturday, £280 per term, £840 per year

  • Ideal for all 9 – 18 year olds who have some experience or may be intermediate level or advanced. Groups are arranged to cater for different abilities.
  • Core curriculum, usually 9.30am – 2.15pm, covers a wide range of activities and performance opportunities with other young musicians, but does not include an individual lesson. Workshops include:
  • Choice of 34 instrumental and vocal ensembles
  • Workshops by visiting artists from the Guildhall School and other professional musicians
  • Access to additional online classes and workshops with professional musicians
  • Support for GCSE/A level music students and music technology/production
  • Use of the ‘Guildhall Stream’ website to upload recordings and performances
  • The opportunity to take part in musical activities with other CYM centres across the UK
  • Support for those wishing to pursue their musical studies to HE level
  • Access to apply for a place on the Guildhall Young Artists bursary scheme

Full Curriculum (includes individual tuition): £49 per Saturday, £490 per term, £1470 per year

  • Ideal for all 9 – 18 year olds who have some experience or may be intermediate level or advanced. Groups are arranged to cater for different abilities.
  • Full curriculum, usually 9.30am – 2.15pm, includes an individual lesson of 30 minutes per Saturday with a CYMT tutor and group workshops covering a wide range of activities and performance opportunities with other young musicians to include:
  • Choice of 34 instrumental and vocal ensembles
  • Workshops by visiting artists from the Guildhall School and other professional musicians
  • Access to additional online classes and workshops with professional musicians
  • Support for GCSE/A level music students and music technology/production
  • Use of the ‘Guildhall Stream’ website to upload recordings and performances
  • The opportunity to take part in musical activities with other CYM centres across the UK
  • Support for those wishing to pursue their musical studies to HE level
  • Access to apply for a place on the Guildhall Young Artists bursary scheme

Full Curriculum includes an additional 30 minute individual lesson with one of our professional tutors. Lessons of 45 minutes are recommended for advanced level students (grades 6 – 8). Individual lessons are available in the following:

  • acting / speech & drama
  • music production – using LogicProX or GarageBand or similar app
  • composition using Sibelius
  • theory of music
  • piano
  • singing / voice
  • woodwind instruments – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, recorder
  • brass instruments – French horn, trumpet, trombone
  • percussion instruments – drum kit, snare drum, triangle, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone
  • stringed instruments – harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele

Ensembles Programme: £20 per Saturday, £200 per term, £600 per year

This is an option for more experienced musicians (post- grade 5) who would like to play in CYMT orchestra and one of the CYMT ensembles, e.g. woodwind / brass / percussion / strings / jazz groups.

Looking for financial help with the fees? We are proud to offer a wide range of generous fee bursaries. Available now.

Please visit the bursaries page for information on how to apply for a bursary or contact the office 07754217993 or taunton@cym.org.uk.

Individual tuition only for adult learners (Online) £22 per 30 minute lesson, booked in a block of 10 lessons for £220

Individual music or acting tuition online for adult learners aged over 18 is available with CYMT tutors. For music it will depend on the instrument(s) you have to hand. Individual lessons are usually 30 minutes each, though 45 or 60 minutes is recommended for advanced students. 

Here is the list of lessons available to adult learners in spring 2021:
  • acting / speech & drama
  • music production – using GarageBand or similar app
  • composition using Sibelius
  • theory of music
  • woodwind instruments – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, recorder
  • brass instruments – French horn, trumpet, trombone
  • percussion instruments – piano, snare drum, triangle, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, drum kit
  • stringed instruments – harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele
  • singing / voice
The lessons for adult learners would be arranged to take place online weekly using Microsoft Teams or Zoom. The costs are £22.00 per 30-minute lesson pro rata. No discount is available on this price. Lessons can be 30-minutes, 45-minutes or 60-minutes, they must be booked in blocks of 10 and must be paid for in advance via bank transfer. If you wished to continue lessons beyond summer 2021 we would review the situation in July and see if this is possible. Banking details will be provided in an invoice once your application form has been accepted and terms agreed.

In the first instance please complete our application form at this link and / or contact the CYMT office to discuss this further.

Please note these terms regarding students taking individual lessons only: individual lessons will be available for one term or a booking of ten lessons, which may be extended if all parties agree, though after two terms it is expected that school aged students taking individual lessons only will join a group workshop programme with CYMT whilst continuing their individual lessons. This decision has been taken to encourage all students to be involved in music-making with others, to develop musicianship and interpersonal skills, and to contribute to the life of the Centre and its flourishing community. Thank you for your understanding. 

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

Absences

We regret it is not possible to give refunds in the event of a student’s absence as the Centre has to continue paying professional tutors and overheads. CYMT expects as close to 100% attendance as possible, because the best progress is made by students if they commit to the long-term weekly training.  Once a student is established on the courses at CYMT, after a trial period of one term, a term’s notice is required to stop attending. This notice period is required so the Centre can fulfil its obligations to the professional tutors and pay for the facilities, and to ensure a proper commitment is made by the young musicians attending. The students get the best of the Centre and out of themselves if they commit to attending every Saturday in term time, so there is no ‘drop-in’ option or fortnightly attendance option. Thank you for your understanding.

FINANCIAL HELP / HOW TO APPLY FOR A FEES OR TRAVEL BURSARY

Full or part-bursaries for fees and travel bursaries are available to families who satisfy strict criteria.  For more information about bursaries please go to the bursaries page at this link.

If you have any queries please contact Rachael Parvin (Head of CYMT) 07754 217993  |  rparvin@cym.org.uk.

Above: Molly enjoying a creative music production workshop, March 2018.